americana key lime pie

6 servings
1 tablespoon Unflavored gelatin (1 env.)
½ cup Sugar
¼ teaspoon Salt
Egg yolks
½ cup Lime juice
¼ cup Water
1 teaspoon Grated lime peel
Egg whites
½ cup Sugar
1 cup Heavy cream, whipped
9-in baked pastry shell
  Pistachio nuts, chopped
  Lime slices for garnish
  Heavy cream, whipped, to top
  Few drops green food color

Thoroughly mix gelatin, ½ cup sugar, and salt in saucepan. Beat together egg yolks, lime juice, and water; stir into gelatin mixture.

Cook and stir over medium heat just till mixture comes to boiling.

Remove from heat; stir in grated peel. Add food coloring sparingly to tint pale green. Chill, stirring occasionally, until the mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Beat egg whites till soft peaks form; gradually add ½ c sugar, beating to stiff peaks. Fold gelatin mixture into egg whites. Fold in whipped cream. Pile into cooled baked pastry shell. Chill till firm. Spread with more whipped cream; edge with grated lime peel. Sprinkle chopped pistachio nuts in center. Garnish with thinly sliced lime placed in whipped cream mounds around edge of pie. Source: Better Homes & Gardens Dessert Cookbook. "A spectacular from the famous Miami hotel!" Submitted By JIM WELLER On 03-16-95

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