Photo by Peter Veldhuizen

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History of the Florida State Pie

Key Lime Pie

This Key Lime Pie recipe is for the traditional key lime pie that is the state pie of Florida. House Bill 453 and Senate Bill 676 of the Florida Legislature”s Regular 2006 Session made Key Lime Pie the official State Pie of Florida.

The dish is named after the small key limes (Citrus aurantifolia ”Swingle”) that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys. Key lime pie is made with canned sweetened condensed milk, since fresh milk was not a common commodity in the Florida Keys before modern refrigerated distribution methods.


How to Make a Key Lime Pie

Florida’s Official State Pie
Total Cooking and Preparation Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients for the Key Lime Pie
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  • 1-1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 c butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup fresh key lime juice (may substitute bottled)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar

Directions for a Key Lime Pie


  1. Combine first 3 ingredients. Press into a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. Bake pie crust at 350°F 10 minutes or until lightly browned; cool.
  3. Stir together sweetened condensed milk and lime juice until blended. Pour into prepared crust. Set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer just until foamy.
  5. Add granulated sugar gradually, 1 Tbsp at a time, beating until soft peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 – 4 minutes).
  6. Spread meringue over filling.
  7. Bake at 325°F for 25 to 28 minutes.
  8. Chill 8 hours.



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APA style
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The Chicago Manual of Style
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Bluebook style
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AMA style
admin, Key Lime Pie – Florida State Pie. Coast2CoastRecipes. December 2, 2011, 15:36 UTC. Available at: http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/key-lime-pie-florida-state-pie/. Accessed July 20, 2017.

Citation styles

APA style
Key Lime Pie – Florida State Pie. (2011, December 2). In Coast2CoastRecipes. Retrieved 16:20, July 20, 2017, from http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/key-lime-pie-florida-state-pie/
MLA style
admin, “Key Lime Pie – Florida State Pie.” Coast2CoastRecipes. 2 December 2011, 15:36 UTC. . 20 Jul 2017 <http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/key-lime-pie-florida-state-pie/>.
MHRA style
admin, 'Key Lime Pie – Florida State Pie', Coast2CoastRecipes, 2 December 2011, 15:36 UTC, <http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/key-lime-pie-florida-state-pie/> [accessed 20 July 2017]
The Chicago Manual of Style
admin, “Key Lime Pie – Florida State Pie.” Coast2CoastRecipes, http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/key-lime-pie-florida-state-pie/ [accessed July 20, 2017].
CBE/CSE style
admin, Key Lime Pie – Florida State Pie [Internet]. Coast2CoastRecipes; 2011 December 2, 15:36 UTC [cited 2017 Jul 20]. Available from: http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/key-lime-pie-florida-state-pie/.
Bluebook style
Key Lime Pie – Florida State Pie, http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/key-lime-pie-florida-state-pie/ (last visited Jul. 20, 2017).
AMA style
admin, Key Lime Pie – Florida State Pie. Coast2CoastRecipes. December 2, 2011, 15:36 UTC. Available at: http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2009/07/key-lime-pie-florida-state-pie/. Accessed July 20, 2017.

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