Old Florida Recipe, Key Lime Pie ‘The Offical Florida State Pie’

August 22, 2020

By: Good Eats

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Many folks don’t know that Key Lime Pie was once the center of legislative controversy. In 1965, Florida State Representative Bernie Papy, Jr. introduced geographical indication legislation calling for a $100 fine to be levied against anyone advertising ‘Key lime pie’ not made with ‘Key limes’. The bill failed.

But on July 1, 2006, the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate both passed legislation {HB 453} and {SB 676} selecting “Key lime pie” as the official pie of the state of Florida.

Every Floridian has to try to make Key Lime Pie at least once, and here is an easy way to make it.


Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 (14 ounce) cans low-fat sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup key lime juice 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

To Make Lime Filling:

In a large mixing bowl, whip cream cheese until fluffy. Add condensed milk, lime juice, lime rind, and salt. Whip until the mixture is smooth. Pour into graham cracker crust. Cover with plastic wrap and chill thoroughly. To Make Topping: In a medium bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Add vanilla or lemon extract and confectioners’ sugar. Continue to whip until the cream forms stiff peaks. Place topping in a fine-mesh sieve and place sieve over a bowl to catch the liquid that drains off. Cover topping tightly with plastic wrap and allow to drain for 2 hours. Before serving, discard the liquid that has drained from topping. Spread topping over pie.

Recipe by Marion McWhorter

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