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Category: Sweets & Desserts
Rating: 5.00
Contributor: fox6fan
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Key Lime Pie
Though almost everyone who's ever had a slice of Key lime pie comes back for more, not many people really know anything about this Florida favorite. For instance, did you know that Key limes are not the same as the limes found in your super-market? They are smaller and more tart and are not green, they're yellow. Key limes originated on the Yucatan Peninsula and were transplanted to the Florida Keys, where they grow readily. Read on for a recipe to tempt your taste buds!

4 to 6 eggs, separated
1/3 C. key lime juice
1 tsp. rind from limes
1 can condensed milk (not evaporated)
1 9-inch pie crust
1/2 pint heavy cream
Sugar to taste

In a large mixing bowl beat egg yolks until creamy yellow. Add condensed milk, mixing well. Add the lime juice and rind until well blended; the mixture should thicken. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff -- the stiffer the better. Fold into lime mixture; do not beat. Pour the filling into the pie shell and freeze for at least 3 - 4 hours.

The pie freezes well, and can be frozen up to a week. Before serving, beat the heavy cream until thickened, adding sugar as desired. Frozen or canned whipped cream can also be used. To serve, remove from freezer 15 - 20 minutes in advance, to make cutting easy. Garnish with whipped cream. Yield: 6 - 8 servings.

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