In the spirit of preserving the remainder of the season, I’d like to tell you about a sexy little summer pie I had back in June that made me want to kick off my platform boots, vacuum pack my sweaters, grab my Ray-Bans and slither into a bikini, New York Times tucked under arm. The key lime pie from Billy’s Bakery is an edible sliver of sunshine that makes me wonder why I ever overlook citrus based desserts.
The custard is a gleaming shade of butter-blond, adorned with a punchy green slice of lime. It has a satiny mouth feel that coats your tongue with a tart bite and melts into a smooth finish. I like to start by gliding a fork straight down the tip of the pie, leaving a slick track that leads straight to the cookie crust. This is not your traditional graham cracker crust – it’s made with peppery gingersnaps that give the pie an attitude more akin to Alexader Wang than Ralph Lauren. It starts out firm and then crumbles into a sweet, spicy sand in your mouth.
And after that, it’s really all just cookie sand, lime silk and eventually, an empty box. Get it while you can – as you may have guessed, it’s a seasonal item.