This is the national dessert of the Conch Republic, also known as Florida’s Key West. It is a firm custard pie made with tart key limes. Its pale yellow color is from the yolks. Green food coloring often is added, but shunned by Conchs. A variation is similar to a cheesecake.

This is the national dessert of the Conch Republic, also known as Florida’s Key West. It is a firm custard pie made with tart key limes. Its pale yellow color is from the yolks. Green food coloring often is added, but shunned by Conchs. A variation is similar to a cheesecake.


KEY LIME PIE

1 pie shell, 8-9 inches, baked

4 egg yolks

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup lime juice

Whipped cream for topping

Beat egg yolks in a mixer while adding milk and lime juice. Pour into pie shell and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Chill at least 2 hours and top with whipped cream.

Graham cracker crust may be substituted. Key lime juice is preferred. Some add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons powdered sugar to the whipping cream.