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
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!
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 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!)