When you think of the central part of Florida and southward, especially if you have a sweet tooth, an image of Key Lime Pie probably swirls around in your head. It’s not thought of so much in the panhandle, and for good reason. The panhandle closely resembles south Alabama and south Georgia in personality and culture. It’s so different from the rest of Florida they’re even in a different time zone. Yes, Florida has two time zones. In many way, it’s like two different states pretending to be one.
From central Florida down to the Keys, Key Lime Pie is famous and not hard to find on restaurant menus. What you might not realize, it how simple it is to make. The filling has but four ingredients: lime zest, egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and Key lime juice. If you use a premade graham cracker crust, you’re talking about a 5 minute investment to whip up the filling and get it in the oven. Key lime juice is available in most grocery stores and online at Amazon.
If you’ve visited our state and enjoyed a slice of Key Lime Pie and think of it often, you can make it at home any day of the week. Honestly, it’s one of the easiest desserts you can make. It’s tart and sweet. The pie is served cold so the filling is creamy and cool; a perfect Florida treat. The filling contains eggs so it’s baked for a short while before chilling. If you’re afraid of raw eggs, we’ve got you covered.
Florida’s diversity makes it unique. We’ve got several cuisines scattered throughout the state along with their accompanying culture. We raised our family in central Florida and it was a good thing to do and a good place to do it. I worked hard to make sure my kids loved and appreciated their Southern heritage because there’s not a strong Southern influence here. They got good educations and exposure to a cross sampling of life, culture and traditions. Now, I’m going to stop typing and shut down my computer before I break into a whine and dance about the oppressive heat and humidity.
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Key Lime Pie
yield: one (nine-inch) pie
preheat oven to 350 degrees
An iconic Florida dessert. Key limes are yellow and smaller than ordinary grocery stores limes, called Persian limes. Key line juice is a shelf stable product sold alongside bottled lemon and lime juice.
1 (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust
lime slices for garnish
Whisk together first 4 ingredients. Pour into piecrust.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes or until filling is set.
Cool on wire rack for one hour. Chill for one hour before slicing.
Serve with whipped cream. Garnish with lime slices.
Key Lime Pie
- yield: one nine inch pie
- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- An iconic Florida dessert. Key limes are yellow and smaller than ordinary grocery stores limes called Persian limes. Key line juice is a shelf stable product sold along side bottled lemon and lime juice.
- 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup Key lime juice
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons lime zest
- 1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust
- whipped cream
- lime slices for garnish
- Whisk together first 4 ingredients. Pour into piecrust.
- Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes or until filling is set.
- Cool on wire rack for one hour. Chill for one hour before slicing.
- Serve with whipped cream. Garnish with lime slices.