Key Lime Pie is the creamiest, dreamiest dessert and this is the only recipe I will ever make. Keep the ingredients simple and the baking is so worth it for an authentic, fresh taste!
There are exactly 3 pies I would give my right arm for: pecan pie, key lime pie, and black tie mousse cake from olive garden. I am serious about my pies. There can be no substitute and a failed pie is a devastating error that ruins a whole day. I can feel the summer waning and the garden is starting to overflow with not-quite-ripened butternut squash and sugar pumpkins. As our son heads back to school, nostalgia has hit me super hard this year. But no matter what, I have to enjoy the delights of today. I actually made and this particular pie before my month-long field trip to Nashville and Atlanta, but this post inspires me to give one last hurrah to the delights of summer. Thank you, key lime pie, with all of your tart and creaminess. Seriously, I adore you. (Now I’m talking to a pie, I think I might need some intervention, lol).
There isn’t much history to give on key lime pie or memories to share. It is just good, good, good. I have made this pie for well over a decade, usually for parties and potlucks. There is at least one key lime pie fanatic at every party I go to. Great minds think alike I guess, and they all rave about this pie. Can’t blame them though, haha. What’s interesting to me is how surprised everyone is at how simple and few ingredients it takes to make key lime pie.
For this dessert, the only tip I can give is to use the best key limes you can find. Bitter or overly sour limes will kill this poor pie. In the 20 or so times I have made key lime pie, I have had 2 failures and both were the result of bad limes. Those were both, of course, many years ago and I learned my lesson. I took one of them to work and warned everyone that it was sour to the point your mouth would pucker. They gobbled it up anyhow and a few actually loved the decidedly sour overkill. Isn’t it funny how everyone has a different idea of what is delicious?
What would you make for one last summer hurrah? Or are you just ready to let fall come to town?
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