Key Lime Pie in the Florida Keys

by Terri | June 2nd, 2011

I absolutely cannot write a blog without mentioning the famous Key Lime Pie. I couldn’t leave Key West without trying a slice.  After stuffing myself with Mahi Mahi, I had to ask the server to box my piece of pie up for later. I did have it later, about an hour later because the pie kept beckoning me to eat it, I swear! Here it is or what is left of it!

In almost every eatery in the Florida Keys and especially in Key West you can find Key Lime pies. People argue about the crust, if it should be made with graham crackers or pie dough, but no one really knows where the first key lime pie was made. We do know the authentic filling of a key lime pie in the Florida Keys is light yellow.

Some people believe that William Curry, a ship salvager from Key West and a very rich man had a cook named Aunt Sally who created the pie in the late 1800′s. Historians aren’t so sure. Finally in 1930 someone thought to write the recipe down. Before the 1930′s there was no refrigeration in the Keys, so cook’s used canned sweetened condensed milk which made the pie smooth and delicious. Which was a good thing as far as I am concerned.

Finally, after much debate in July of 2006, state legislature made Key Lime Pie the official Florida state pie.

But, you don’t have to go to the Florida Keys to find Key Lime Pie. There is a company that will ship you a pie if you really want one. I couldn’t believe it! It’s called the Key West Key Lime Pie Company. They ship FED EX and pack with dry ice so the frozen pies don’t melt. I was checking out their website. They have these dreamy key lime bars dipped in chocolate on a stick! Oh my heavens! That sounds super delicious! I must go back to Key West just for some pie!

Until next time…….

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