"" Writer's Wanderings: South Florida's Key Lime Pie

Friday, March 01, 2013

South Florida's Key Lime Pie

There's one rule to keep in mind when you are looking for Florida's signature dessert, Key Lime Pie. If it's green, it's not a real Key lime pie. You'll find the best Key lime pies are slightly yellowish in color but mostly a creamy color and consistency. Key lime trees are abundant in south Florida but sometimes you can get them in your own area grocery store. Here's an easy recipe to try:

1 9" prepared graham cracker pie crust (or make your own)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbls fresh or bottle Key lime juice

heavy cream for whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350°

Whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk until well blended. Add Key lime juice and whisk again until blended well. Mixture should thicken a bit.

Pour into prepared crust. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Cool completely on rack and then chill for 6-8 hours.

Just before serving, whip cream and spread on top of pie. Garnish with a couple of thin lime slices if available.

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