Thursday, April 23, 2009

Key Lime Pie

I was recently on a Caribbean cruise...and for those of you who have cruised know that the food is amazing! There were far too many options...and no way I could sample everything. But I did the next best thing...and came home with the Royal Caribbean International Cookbook...Savor. In it are many of the delicious dishes that I enjoyed...and others that I intend to cook up in my own kitchen.

I couldn't wait to try their recipe for key lime pie...since I had so enjoyed it on the cruise. It's really very simple...and even more so if you use a ready-made pie crust.

Key Lime Pie
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 (9 inch or 23 cm) pie shell, pre-baked


  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) whipping cream
  • lime zest
  • freshly cut lime slices

Preheat oven to 350' F.
Place condensed milk in mixing bowl, and beat at low speed, adding egg yolks one at a time.
Add lime juice, and mix thoroughly.
Place mixture in pre-baked pie shell.
Bake for 15 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
Let cool and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Top with whipped cream and lime zest.
Serve on chilled plates.
Garnish with lime slices.
Serves 10.

Culinary Notes:
It is a well known fact that the Key lime is indigenous to Florida and the "key" ingredient for the state's popular Key lime pie. Forced to substitute condensed milk for fresh--which was scarce before the arrival of the railroad in 1912--cooks discovered that the chemical intervention between the condensed milk and the Key lime actually "cooked" the pie without baking it. (excerpt from cookbook)