Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Looking for the Perfect Key Lime Pie

The first three weeks of November
we spent in Key West

At a wonderful house with this wonderful view
And a pretty sunset every evening!

On this trip to Key West
I decided that I would find the
Key Lime Pie

 Key Limes
Found on the Florida Keys
Little limes, these

And every restaurant has Key Lime Pie on their menu

It was my duty to find the best!

Happy Tales

Not a restaurant but a place that sells frozen Key Lime Pie

The Fish Camp at Geiger Key Marina

Topped with whipped cream and a lime wedge
(but a Persian lime wedge!)


More whipped cream, 
Another wedge of Persian Lime
And a cinnamon graham cracker crust


A bit of whipped cream, a really creamy pie
And another Persian lime wedge


The first pie with meringue
Presentation was A+


A real cheesecake instead of Key Lime pie

And you don't need to go to Florida for Key Lime Pie

For stores even in our little town has Key Lime Juice for sale

and in January

You can find bags of Key limes in the market

And if you want, 

You can use regular Persian limes in your pie

The recipe is a simple one:

1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs (from about 10 crackers)
3 T. sugar
2 pinches salt
7 T. butter, melted

3 large egg yolks
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 c. fresh lime juice

For the crust, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt into a medium bowl and stir until mixed.    Add butter and stir until crumbs are evenly coated.     Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a standard 9 inch pie dish.     Bake at 350 until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.    Set on cooling rack while you make your filling.     

For the filling:   Beat egg yolks with an electric mixer until pale and thick, about 5 minutes.    Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until thickened again, about 3 minutes more.     Whisk the lime juice into the yolk mixture until combined.     Pour into graham cracker crust and bake pie for another 10 minutes, until set but not browned on top at all.     Let pie cool.    Top with sweetened whipped cream if you want.

And I would add the zest of those limes that you juiced although most of the pies that we ate didn't have any zest in them.

Oh, and I bet you're wondering which one won?     I must admit that no two pies tasted alike.    Oh, they were all lime but some were sweeter than others, one did add cinnamon to the crust (which I didn't care for).    

The winner?

Fish Tales!

The very first one!

And this winter, when it's cold and snowy outside
And there are Key limes in the market
I shall make a Key Lime pie
and have happy thoughts about our trip to Key West
(and wish I was there once again!)


lucy said...

Publix supermarkets which are all over Florida makes a delicious key lime pie. Next time check them out. :-)

Francie Newcomb said...

Well, Martha, what a trouper you are-- but someone had to conduct this experiment! Glad you had a wonderful time! I just love Key Lime Pie too and you are right, it is easy with that good lime juice!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Years ago my father stayed in Siesta Key for a few years. When we went to visit him we also looked in one my little sister's best friend from high school who had moved down there. My father's FAVORITE dessert of all time is a good Key Lime Pie - and he asked our friend Lynnie where to get the best ones.....she knew of a very elderly Cuban lady deep in the keys who made 10 pies a day and sold ONLY to had to get on a waiting list for them. SO, my father managed to get Lynnie to work out a deal and he was able to get two pies.

Fast forward to the end of the day? My father ate a whole pie - and without a word my youngest daughter (who was maybe 8 then) snuck the other pie and ate the whole thing too. None of us - not a one - ever got to try it. We still laugh about that. Katie was 40 pounds soaking wet, just a tiny itty bitty thing (not sure how much but to this day she only wears a size 2 juniors and she is in her 30s now.)

Yes, I can't help but snicker every single time I think of Key Lime Pie and those two going absolutely crazy that day. One other thing- Katie makes one awesome Key Lime Pie now. Guess she just never got over it being her favorite dessert just like her grandpa! ♥

Lottie said...

Thanks for this fun and mouth-watering post, Martha! Guess what we are going to make and share with the neighbors this holiday? You guessed it! Key Lime Pie!