It’s true a Key West resident, Aunt Sally of the Amsterdam’s Curry Mansion Inn was first to combine the sour key lime juice, egg yokes and sweetened condensed milk into a truly original pie that has become our claim to fame. But don’t be fooled by everything sweet and green. The best Key Lime delicacies are tartly sweet and definitely NOT green.  Below is my favorite Key Lime Pie in Key West.  Enjoy!

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SURPRISE! My favorite pie in Key West is my own homemade version! Don’t worry, I’ve also included a couple of my favorite versions from local restaurants so you don’t have to start baking until you get home from your trip.

If you are up to it, here is the secret recipe for my own Key Lime Pie creation and I have to say that it is fantabulous!

Be sure to post a pic of your pie on our Key West Finest Facebook page!

HOMEMADE CRUST
1 package honey graham crackers crushed (not pre-crushed, that tastes icky)
1/2 cup toasted unsalted cashews crushed (secret ingredient)
1 stick melted butter, unsalted

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1/2 c. Key Lime Juice(we prefer “Nellie and Joe”s” Key Lime Juice)
3 Egg Yolks
1 Can sweetened condensed milk
4 oz. whipped Philadelphia brand cream cheese (secret ingredient)

Grate a little fresh lime zest on top of the whipped cream for a little zip!

Bake crust in oven at 350 for 8 min.
Pour in pie filling and bake for another 30 min.

Top with fresh whipped cream or canned but NOT cool whip, yuck!
I once topped it with marshmallow fluff and toasted it under the broiler and it was great! (see pic right)

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I also love the Key Lime ice cream from Flamingo Crossing on Duval & Virginia St.  Light and airy, creamy and refreshing all at the same time.  It’s like frozen Key Lime Pie without the crust!

You can pretty much find Key Lime Pie on every menu in town.  Most restaurants follow the classic recipe on the back of the bottle and then add a little twist to make it their own.  I was lucky enough to be a Judge for the Key Lime Pie contest one year during the Key Lime Festival and I got to taste about 30 different versions of this pie! I can barely eat it now but if I do eat it, my own recipe is still my favorite! Next to mine I’d say that  Blue Heaven and Salute have the best in town.

I know for sure that you can find bottled Key Lime juice in most grocery stores around the country.  I once found it in Kentucky! Don’t ask what I was doing there, it was temporary insanity.  So go grab a bottle of juice and start baking! Impress all of your friends and take your pie to a summer bbq! You can even make a frozen version by using yucky Cool Whip but I’m not co-signing on that one!

Remember, if it’s green its gross! Stay yellow my friends and come to Key West soon!

Happy eating!

Amber, Key West Finest