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Key Lime Pie – Florida’s State Pie

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History of Florida’s Official State Pie:

The Key Lime Pie

According to the Florida Senate:

The 2006 Florida Legislature designated key lime pie as the official state pie. The key limes (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle) used to make this dessert are named after the Florida Keys where the key limes originated in the United States. The first key lime pie was created in the 1850s in south Florida. The recipe became popular in early Florida because it was made using key limes and sweetened condensed milk and did not require refrigeration.

Key Lime Pie - photo by Ann Gav

Key Lime Pie - photo by Ann Gav

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How to Make a Florida Key Lime Pie

Ingredients for Key Lime Pie

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (12 to 15 key limes or 3 to 4 common limes)
  • 4 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions for Florida Key Lime Pie
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  1. Zest the limes.
  2. Cut the limes in half and juice them. Be sure to remove any pits.
  3. Put the butter in the microwave for about 1 minute to melt, and put it to the side.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks and lime zest together in a bowl until tinted light green. This takes about 2 minutes
  5. Beat in the milk, then the lime juice you squeezed earlier, and set aside at room temperature till it thickens.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Crush your graham crackers or put them in a food processor, until they are crumbs.
  8. Mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar in another bowl.
  9. Add melted butter and stir with a fork until well blended.
  10. Pour this mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and press over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Try using the bottom of a measuring cup to make sure the graham cracker mixture forms a firm crust on the bottom of the pie pan.
  11. Bake on the center rack for about 15 minutes until the crust is lightly brown, remove and let cool to room temperature.
  12. Pour the lime filling into crust, spread evenly, and then bake for 15 minutes until the center sets, but still wiggles when shaken.
  13. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
  14. Refrigerate for at least three hours until well chilled.
  15. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

-recipe from the Reluctant Gourmet

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2 Responses to “Key Lime Pie – Florida’s State Pie”

  1. bub says:

    this was so delicious!!!!!!!

  2. admin says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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