Sunday, September 16, 2012

When life gives you keylimes, make keylime pie!

     Good evening everyone, hope your all doing well.   I'm fine and always happy to post a tasty recipe for all to see.  It's sunday, so I thought I'd go with a dessert.  While in Walmart a few days ago, I was walking through the produce isles with my kids and suddenly did a double take when I came upon a bag of keylimes.  "KEYLIMES"!  I said out loud, my kids giggled when they heard me and perhaps a few of the other patrons as well.  But I couldn't contain myself, I was excited to find them as I had lately been contemplating making a keylime pie   Keylimes are indigenous to Key West which is located here in Florida.  They are smaller than regular limes and have a very intense sour lime flavor and are in a sense..refreshing.  In the keylime pie, the sweet and sour work well together and awaken the taste buds once a bite is taken.  Below find my recipe for keylime pie and enjoy!!

3 egg yolks
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup of keylime juice (fresh)
about a teaspoon of keylime rind
1 thin slice of keylime
1 pie pan/dish

for crust
1 pack graham crackers
1 stick of butter (melted)
or you can just buy a ready made crust

for whipped cream
1 cup of heavy cream
2 tablespoons of sugar
or you can use canned  if you wish

     Personally, I like to make everything from scratch, however, to save money and time a couple of the recipe components can be bought ready made.  Beat the egg yolks and condensed milk together, add the keylime juice and mix, then add the rind and mix it in as well.  Once all ingredients are incorporated, set aside.  Crush the graham crackers, then add the melted butter.  Incorporate them together, then firmly press mixture into pie pan, insuring to go up the sides of the pan.  You can bake the crust for 5 minutes at 350.  Let it cool a bit, then pour in the keylime mixture.  Bake it at about 275 for 6 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.  For whipped cream , mix heavy cream and sugar until firm peaks form.  Pick a piping fixture and pipe little mounds around the pie and one in the center.   Now place the thin slice of keylime on the center mound of whipped cream.  You can also shave some keylime rind onto the other mounds.  Enjoy!  

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