Fancying a sweet and sour, crumbly and creamy sweet dish? Then our Key Lime Pie recipe is a good solution to satisfy your sweet tooth. The creamy center, surrounded by crumbly crust, is a heavenly combination.
To experience the out-of-the-world taste, try our easy and foolproof Key Lime Pie recipe for a fancy evening tea and serve it with Tropical Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauces.
History of Key Lime Pie Recipe
Food critics believe that the traditional Key Lime Pie recipe was first made in the late nineteenth century in Key West, Florida. Other sources state that the recipe was initially found in a French cookbook. How the recipe traveled from France to Florida is unknown to the date. Hence they decided to go with the first source, and the place of origin was said to be Florida.
Moreover, it is also claimed that this key lime pie recipe was derived from ‘Magic Lemon Cream Pie’, but they decided not to bake the Pie. It kept intact the creamy texture of the filling. Traditionally, its filling was prepared with condensed milk and other preservatives. They did not use fresh milk because the then remote Florida was unaware of the refrigerating process. In 2006, Key Lime Pie was regarded as the official pie of Florida.
Today, various variations have been included in the recipe for Key Lime Pie. For instance, there is Key Lime Pie without condensed milk, no-bake Key Lime Pie, or it is made with or without graham cracker crust.
Moreover, a few recipes have entirely changed the outlook of the recipe, for they are prepared with pork or chicken. Anyhow, these improvisations have provided us with various delicious recipes, and we are grateful for all of them. In this article, you will learn how to make a Key Lime Pie, as well as the various ways you can customize it.
How to Make Key Lime Pie at Home?
Ingredients for Crust:
- Graham Crackers: 1 1/4 cup (crushed/powdered)
- Brown Sugar: 1/3 cup (powdered)
- Unsalted butter: 4 Tbsp (melted)
Ingredients for Filling:
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: 2 1/2 cup
- Eggs: 2
- Key Lime Juice: 2/3 cup
Instructions to Make Key Lime Pie:
Take a deep bowl and add crushed graham crackers. You can either powder the graham crackers yourself or use the store-bought. Both of them work fine.
Add brown sugar and unsalted melted butter to the graham crackers. You can also use white sugar, but brown sugar tastes better. Mix this batter well until it looks like wet sand. Then shift it into a pie pan.
Pat, it down with a spatula or a glass and spread it smooth and even across the pan.
Place this pan in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for fourteen minutes.
Meanwhile, add sweetened condensed milk, two beaten egg yolks, and key lime juice to another bowl. You can add the whole egg if you want the filling to be extra creamy, and there will be no wastage. Instead, just adding the yolks makes the filling stiff.
Moreover, traditionally no one used to bake the Key Lime Pie, but it was only practiced till the harms of uncooked eggs were undiscovered. Now the baked pie is preferred.
Beat the batter well until soft peaks start to form.
Take the baked crust out of the oven and pour the filling. Then bake it again for fifteen minutes.
After the said time, carefully take the pie pan out of the oven.
Let the pie cool down, and then refrigerate it for at least three hours. If you want perfect results, we will suggest you leave it overnight.
When cooled down, decorate it with whipped cream or Meringue. If you want everyone to be asking for the recipe for Key Lime Pie, decorate it with a thin layer of Tropical Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce, Mango or Pineapple. These sauces make the pie aesthetically appetizing and add a flavor beyond your imagination.
Sides to Go Well with Key Lime Pie
After the main course, Key Lime Pie is usually served as a sweet dish. Still, one slice of Key Lime Pie paired with a fruit bowl or a smoothie, cherished with Dingolay Gourmet Hot sauces, is all you need on a lazy evening.
What could complement the sweet and sour heavenly flavor of Key Lime Pie more than a sweet mango smoothie? Try our healthy and full of nutrition Mango smoothie to enhance the richness of Key Lime Pie.
- Frozen Mango dice: 1 cup
- Crushed Ice Cubes: 1 cup
- Frozen Banana Slices: ½ cup
- Greek Yogurt: ½ cup
- Chilled Orange or Pineapple Juice: ¾ cup
- Honey: ½ tsp
Dice mangoes and bananas and freeze them for a good one hour.
After an hour, or before making the smoothie, whip the Greek yogurt.
In a blender, add all the ingredients. Make sure you do not pour more than a ¾ cup of pineapple or orange juice. We do not want their strong taste overpowering mangoes’.
Blend them well in a fine smoothie. Pour it into a glass and garnish with small cut fruits and nuts and enjoy a healthy and nutritious glass of mango smoothie with Key Lime Pie.
Storage Options for Key Lime Pie
- The Key Lime Pie can survive in your fridge for up to four or five days, but the crust might get soggy after a while.
- You can powder the graham crackers and store them in your refrigerator or a cabinet as well.
The recipe for Key Lime Pie has been improvised over the years, and now it is prepared in various ways. You can customize it in several ways. A few of the ideas are:
- Key Lime Zest: Lemon zest or key lime zest adds another dimension to the creamy center filling of the pie. The zest adds aesthetic value as well as enhances its flavor. Moreover, it does not overpower the creamy taste developed by condensed milk, eggs, and key lime juice.
- No-Bake Key Lime Pie: The improvised recipe tells us not to add whole eggs or egg yolks to the key lime pie. Instead, use cream cheese, condensed milk, key lime juice, and zest. The addition of cream cheese makes us skip the baking procedure and makes it delicious, flavorful, and extra creamy.
Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauces
Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce is prepared with a hundred percent natural, ripened Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Peppers. Along with these peppers, garlic-infused carrots, brown sugar, olive oil, vinegar, and exclusive Caribbean spices and herbs are added to these sauces. All the ingredients combined provide you with an ethereal experience. The versatile taste allows you to pair them with any meal. Moreover, these sauces are not just tasty but really healthy and nutritious.
The Dingolay Sauces are available in three different flavors, i.e., Original Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce, Mango Tropical Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce, and Pineapple Tropical Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce. The inclusion of these tropical fruits adds another dimension to its rich flavor.
The exquisite sweet and fiery combination is perfect to pair with Key Lime Pie. If topped with Tropical Mango or Pineapple Dingolay Sauce, it will taste heavenly combined with the crumbly crust of the pie and the creamy filling. This heavenly combination of these three will surely make you go Dingolay!