This key lime pie is seriously one of the best desserts I have ever tried! When I tell you I'm obsessed with this, I'm not lying. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
What makes it so incredible is the how perfectly balanced the flavors are and how velvet-smooth the pie is. The citrus, the sweetness, the crunch... it's all there. Want to know how we make it even better? A homemade Graham Cracker Crust and Italian Meringue!
TO DIE FOR!
The history of the key lime pie is a heavily debated topic in Key West, Florida. No one seems to know for sure where or when it was created but the origin can be traced back to the 1800s. The reasoning behind the ingredients used were simple. They used what they had available.
A key lime pie is very similar to a lemon meringue pie, but because of the abundance of “key limes” in Key West, they were used instead of lemons. Eggs were used to help thicken the filling and instead of using fresh milk, because Key West did not receive daily shipments of milk until the second third of the 1900s, they used canned milk that had been cooked and sweetened (sweetened condensed milk) instead.
As you can probably imagine, the most important ingredient in the pie is the use of the key lime zest and juice.
Key limes differ from other limes in that they are smaller in shape, have a slightly yellow hue in color, and have a tarter and more floral flavor. In 1965, a Representative of Florida actually tried to enforce fines of $100 for establishments that tried to sell or market key lime pies without actually using key limes. The bill did not come to be, but it does highlight just how serious Floridians take their key lime pies.
Making key lime pie is surprisingly easy! You have ingredients for the crust, the filling and for the topping.
The traditional key lime pie was made with a filling consisting of key lime juice and zest, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk, baked into a pie shell. While the recipe has had thousands of variations such as using no eggs, being bakeless, being gluten-free, or even being served in a manner other than as a pie altogether, one thing that all key lime lovers are adamant about is the authentic yellow color of the pie filling. Food coloring is definitely frowned upon in this recipe.
This might me my favorite recipe we've ever made for how beautiful it looks and for how amazing it tastes. We can't wait for you to try it.
Cheers and eat well!
Made with a topping of Italian Meringue and a crust made from homemade Graham Crackers, you will be able to familiarize yourself with a true American Classic! This easy Key Lime Pie recipe will have your family and friends come back for seconds.
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