Best Key Lime Pie Recipe
My, My, My.
After a whole lot of research, I've concluded that the best key lime pie recipe is the traditional key lime pie recipe, probably like the one Aunt Sally made.
In case you don't know, they say Aunt Sally--a Key West cook in the late 1800s--invented key lime pie. Sometimes the best food comes from what's readily available (I'm thinking paella here), and in Aunt Sally's case, she had canned milk, key limes, and eggs galore.
I'm not sure exactly how Aunt Sally made a key lime pie, but I'll bet she did something very similar to what I'm about to tell you.First, my disclaimer: I'm no expert chef, here. But I've spent my share of time in the great outdoors, and I had to learn some cooking on those trips. What I learned there, I've more or less transferred to the kitchen back home. If I can make this pie, I'm all but positive you can too.
This pie uses the "chill and fill" method, which means this is a no bake key lime pie recipe. The crust is baked, but there's no baking the filling. Baking the filling, according to Steve Tarpin of Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies in Brooklyn alters the flavor of the lime juice. It can also make the pie rubbery. Besides, in the traditional key lime pie, the filling was not baked.
But nowadays, salmonella in eggs can be a problem, so when a key lime pie recipe contains eggs, baking would normally be called for. But...and this is a big but...Davidson's Pasteurized Shell Eggs, according to Davidson's themselves are safe even to eat raw. If that's the case, I see no reason not to use them in a no bake key lime pie recipe. In no way, however, would I use regular old non-pasteurized raw eggs in a no bake pie.
Regarding the milk, I prefer Borden's Eagle Brand because Gail Borden invented sweetened, condensed milk in 1856, and I'm betting that's what was available in the early days of key lime pie. Besides, I find it to be of top quality.
Then, I like Keebler Graham Cracker crumbs because they're made by those little elves in that big ol' tree. You've seen the commercial, I'm sure.
Finally, for a REAL key lime pie, use fresh-squeezed key lime juice, and nothing else. Steve, the Key Lime Pie King, says you can use the bottled stuff for stripping paint or removing rust, but don't use it in a pie.
The Makings for a Great Key Lime Pie
So, let's get started. Oh, it helps to listen to Kenny Chesney's "Key Lime Pie" song while you're working. After that, some Jimmy Buffet can keep up the musical momentum in the kitchen.
How to Make the Best Key Lime Pie
For a 9-inch pie...First, here are the ingredients for the graham cracker crust:
Next, you'll need the ingredients for the filling:
Got all the stuff? Good. Here's what to do with it:
Jimmy Buffet sings, "Don't know the reason, I stay here all season." Well, maybe...just maybe, it's got something to do with lobster and key lime pie.
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