The holidays are right around the corner and the Christmas displays have already been strategically placed to lure last-minute shoppers who chose to wait till the last moment. Thanksgiving specials and promotions on turkeys and sides will be on full display as far as the eye can see. One of the endcaps you may bump into while in the grocery store are Thanksgiving pastries and sweets, particularly pies. You’ll find a wide variety of pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, and key lime pies. You may even be tempted to pick up a key lime pie in advance to avoid the last-minute grocery rush. We aren’t judging!
But we are here to share one of the best key lime pie recipes ever that you can make at home from scratch. Store-bought pie is convenient but homemade pie is love. There is nothing like the smell of pie as family and friends gather in the living room in anticipation. Surprise them with your sophisticated baking skills. For the busy professional, this is an easy key lime pie that you can repeat for Christmas or anytime you want.
This pie is delicious! The sweet and tangy flavors meet on your palate for a citrus filled experience topped with whipped cream and graham cracker crust that no one can deny. Key limes are more tart than regular limes and that’s what brings the extra acidity and sharpness. One of America’s favorite desserts, the key lime pie is the perfect way to close out a big holiday dinner while paying homage to the fruit’s arrival in Key West.
Since the hurricane of 1926, key limes have been imported from Central and South America but are still naturalized in the Florida Keys. They are native to Malaysia and believed to have arrived in the Keys around the 1500s by the Spanish. Their tiny size and strong aroma have made them the star of the show in this pie and well deserved recognition as the official pie of Florida as of 2006.
There are a few kitchen items you’ll need before you get started. You may or may not already have this equipment but for those who don’t make pies regularly, this information is helpful. Here’s what you’ll need:
If you wanted to know how to make a key lime pie, don’t look any further. As one of the best key lime recipes ever, you won’t be disappointed. Before we begin, it’s important to note that a homemade meringue can be substituted with whipped cream if you’re feeling fancy. For purposes of this easy key lime pie, we are going to keep things simple with whipped cream. This award-winning key lime pie recipe is a creamy and short labor of love that your guests will request again and again. So let’s start!
To make this award winning key lime pie even easier for the busy professional, use key lime juice rather than fresh key limes. You’ll find key lime juice in most grocery stores and it will save you time squeezing out the juice. If you are looking to cut more corners and don’t want to make your own whipped cream from scratch, we recommend using the one in a spray can. It’s important that the whipped cream is very cold but using the frozen whipped cream is not a good option with this pie.
Also, the graham cracker crust should strike a good balance between sweetness and blandness. The crust is not meant to be overpowering but complementary to the sweet, tarty flavors of key lime pie. While you can easily find ready-made graham cracker crusts at the grocery store, it’s best to make this from scratch. Ready-made pie crusts tend to be dry and crumbly.
This pie is not just for the summertime. This recipe is great year-round and perfect for the holiday season. For those days you prefer not to bake, visit our restaurant and enjoy an ambiance of casual sophistication. Known for great American cuisine, we’ve been featured in the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Modern Luxury, Timeout Miami, and many more. We are located in the heart of South Miami where Red Road and San Ignacio meet. Bring the family to connect and unwind over key lime pie and weekly happy hour specials that feature $10 sushi rolls!
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