Key Lime Pie, just the name sounds yummy. This easy to make version is very creamy, with the right mixture of sweet and tart. Key limes are a smaller version of their cousins the Persian lime. These little limes pack quite a punch. They are a bit sweeter that a regular lime and very juicy. Key lime trees were brought to Florida in the 1500’s by the Spanish.
No one is really sure when the key lime pie was first invented, however there are theories on how this wonderful pie came about. Some people say a woman known as Aunt Sally first made the pie in the late 1800’s. Other people say a man named Milton Currie Masion made the first key lime pie in old town in the early 1900’s. Whoever did, we are eternally grateful.
Key limes are the star of this pie so don’t skimp and try to use regular limes. You can find key limes in most large supermarket chains. If your local store doesn’t carry them you can usually get them to order some for you within a couple of days. You are going to need about a pound or so of them. You will also need three cans of sweetened condensed milk, and a large container of whip topping. This recipe makes two or three pies depending on the size so you need to either make or purchase pie crusts. You can use graham cracker crust or traditional crust depending on your taste. Now you are ready to make your pies.
First juice your limes. This can take a little time and effort but the fresh juice is well worth the effort. You need a cup of juice. After you have your juice, using your elecrtic mixer beat the sweetened condensed milk and the juice together. Beat it for a couple of minutes, making sure that the juice is fully incorporated into the milk. Now fold in the whip topping. Do this carefully so that everything gets mixed well, but you don’t lose to much of the volume of the whip topping. Taste the mixture to make sure that it is tart enough, you can add a little more juice if you want it to be a bit more limey.
Zest one of the limes and add it to the mixture for extra zing. Pour the filling into your pie crusts and freeze for four hours or overnight. Make sure they stay in the freezer or refrigerator untill you are ready to serve. Now comes the best part serve and eat your pie. This creamy, yummy pie will be the hit of the party. You will be able to impress all your friends and family with this easy key lime pie.