Florida Key Lime Pie

Its Thanksgiving in Florida so there

must be Key Lime Pie on the table!


Nobody really knows who was the first person to make Key Lime Pie.

Most people who research these kind of things believe it is a William Curry (a ship salvager and Florida’s first self-made millionaire) who might have been responsible.

WIlliam Curry Florida Keys

William Curry, or as he was often known Rich Bill, had a servant in his employment called Aunt Sally, and it was this lady who is thought to have created the Key Lime Pie in the late 1800’s.

Whether she did create this or just put her own spin on something that was already around at the time we don’t really know.

Lost in the midst of time.

But we do know that it wasn’t until the 1930’s that the first recipes were written down, and then still there aren’t many documented instructions, as this was a traditional type of food which people passed down from generation to generation.

Families just knew how to make it.

As the Florida Keys had no milk available to them, and even if they did, had noway to keep it cold, as ice and refrigeration was a distant wish they had to use condensed milk.

It wasn’t until until the arrival of tank trucks with the opening of the Overseas Highway in 1930, that they had the option of the fresh cold stuff.

The brilliantly delicious Key lime pie, might have taken its name from the small fruit plentiful in the Keys, but really it was the condensed milk that gave it its crowning glory.




Authentic Florida Key Lime Pie


1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup Key Lime Juice

1 9-inch baked pie shell

Whisk the egg yolks into the condensed milk.

Take some lime juice, and don’t rush it.

Stir a bit and then add more juice, and then stir again and so on.

Just keep on doing it until you find that a thickness is starting to develop in the mixture.

Get your scraper or spoon, and spread it into the pie shell. Don’t worry about making it too even, and then allow it time to cool down and chill.

If you have a bit of time left, then you could well give it a bit of a flourish, by using the egg whites that you have left, to make meringue for the top of the Key lime pie.

And bear in mind that you wanted the Authentic Key Lime Pie Recipe, as you will get asked by people whether you have any whipped cream for it.

Well unless you have a Delorean parked outside that you can use as a time-machine, then just smile and tell them “No, this is the real stuff. Just like the conchs first made it. Whipped cream hasn’t been invented yet!”

And there you have it, the one and only authentic Key Lime Pie Recipe. The only ingredient that would make is better is to be in Key West! 

Find the complete article at this link:  http://www.whats-at-florida-keys.com/Authentic-Florida-Key-Lime-Pie.html




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