A Taste of the Florida Keys

A Taste of the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys provides a luxury island getaway filled with sunshine, tropical waters, fresh-caught fish, and their famous key lime pies. Island hopping in the Florida Keys provides the ultimate experience to sample the variety of key lime pies found in local restaurants across the island chain. Key lime pie can be found traditionally baked, frozen, served by the slice on popsicle sticks, and even dipped in chocolate.

 

Key lime pie has been an island staple since the 1800’s and there are a variety of theories regarding its origins, from ship salvagers to sponge fishermen. By the late 1900’s, key lime pie had become the ultimate Florida pie and was declared the official state pie in 1994. Now, key lime pie is a sought-after island dessert with a sweet yet tangy taste that is sure to be refreshing as you soak in the Florida sun.

 

Below we have listed two recipes; one is a traditional baked key lime pie and the other is a no-bake frozen key lime pie. Whether you are looking for a delicious dessert or a chilled summer treat, these pies are guaranteed to remind you of your island escape in the Florida Keys and have you longing to return.

 

Traditional Key Lime Pie

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons grated key lime zest
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup fresh key lime juice
  • 9-inch graham cracker pie crust

 

Directions:

Combine condensed milk, egg yolks, and key lime juice. Blend until smooth. Pour filling into pie crust and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before refrigerating. Just before serving, top with fresh whipped cream. Garnish with key lime or lime slices.

 

No-Bake Frozen Key Lime Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup key lime juice
  • 2 8oz containers whipped topping
  • 9-inch graham cracker pie crust

 

Directions:

Beat cream cheese with mixer, or with a fork until smooth. Slowly add in granulated sugar. Pour in key lime juice, blending until smooth, then fold in 1 container whipped topping. Blend well. Using a spatula, spoon into graham cracker crust and smooth out. Freeze of chill around 4 hours or until desired. Top with whipped topping and garnish with key lime slices.

 



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