Thursday, April 28, 2011

Key Lime Pie - A Southern Comfort Food

Is there anything more mouthwatering than the
Key Lime Pie?

That luscious southern favorite, key lime pie,
is featured several times in Michael Lee West's
new book, Gone With A Handsomer Man.

Miss Dora bails Teeny Templeton, our heroine,
out of jail, finds her a place to live, and gives her
some money to survive.

When Teeny complains that she has done too
much, Miss Dora says, "Bake me a
 key lime pie 
and we'll call it even."

Truly, I had a hard time deciding whether to make 
Key Lime Pie 
"I Didn't Kill My Boyfriend Cake 
I'm a Suspect Icing".  

The truth is, I had the recipe for the
Key Lime Pie and I didn't think a Google
search would get me recipes for the Templeton
Family Receipts for that particular cake or icing.

Key limes are tiny little devils, so be prepared
to do some squeezing as you are going
to need one full cup of fresh juice for this
recipe. (I got my handy lime squeezer at Target.)
I have to say, the smell of the key limes just in the
bag from the store was so heady!

Key Lime Pie Recipe

1 1/4 C. graham cracker crumbs (measure
after you run them through the food processor)
1/4 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 C. melted butter

Mix the above and press into the bottom and up
the sides of a 9 inch spring form pan.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Let cool

While the crust is cooling, begin juicing your key limes.

35-40 key limes, juiced to make 1 C. juice
2 - 14 oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks

Place the juice, milk and egg yolks into a large bowl
and blend with a whisk until smooth.

Pour into the cooled crust.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Let cool and then refrigerate.  You want
it chilled before you try to cut it.

Serve with whipped cream and garnish with
a sugared piece of lime.

Click here for a printable recipe.

There are many versions of key lime pie out there,
some unbaked, some frozen, but this is my favorite one.
(It cuts and serves like a dream too!)

Slice yourself a piece and enjoy!
I don't know if I would give Miss Dora a slice though.

I have to warn you, this book has some "spice" in it.
I had to do a couple of quick page turns.

(Yes, I really did eat this while taking photos!!
I had another piece for dinner too - shhh, don't tell!)

Not that hubby hasn't had this key lime pie before,
but he was oohing and aahing, saying, "The texture
ranks right up there with the flavor!"  
Wow honey, thanks.

I will be posting this with

Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Your key lime pie is definitely mouthwatering. Enjoy every creamy bite!

  2. That really looks delicious but rather labor intensive for

  3. My mouth is watering such thinking you finishes a piece and looking at your plate with the crumbs! I can't wait til I get my hands on this book, as I was lucky enough to win the giveaway at Susan's BNOTP of the book! Thanks for sharing and telling us about this perfect to cut key-lime pie!

  4. Wowwwwwwwwwwww...this is my favorite !!...lovely

  5. i love key lime pie, its a western comfort food too!

  6. Delicious, one of my favorite pies especially in the summer. I love key limes. xo,

  7. Your Key Lime Pie looks delish! That crust & texture looks's beautiful on your cake stand with those adorable button green mums too :-)

  8. I love books that have recipes in them. This key lime pie looks delish!

  9. And to think I just bought an Edward's Key Lime Pie for Skyler's 17th -- that's what he ordered. I am sure yours tastes much better and the photos are so artfully done! I remember going to Key West many moons ago and actually coming home from Florida with Key Lime Juice -- they didn't have it in our stores then. I agree with you, those little limes make it difficult to get juice out of. Happy Foodie Friday. Joni

  10. My husband loves Key Lime Pie but I have yet to make him one so I am going to have to give this recipe a try! Thanks so much!!


  11. this looks absolutely totally scrumptious!!! i can almost taste it in my mouth yummmmm!!

    thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments about my trifle recipe! you should try making lemon's not that hard! and it's delicious!

  12. I actually saw key limes for the first time over the weekend, little boogers aren't they! I saw a hint to juice them in a garlic press. Your pie looks great Jacqueline, wish I had a piece to try! Glad your hubby enjoyed it:@)

  13. I LOVE Key Lime Pie! Thanks for the recipe. Cherry Kay

  14. Key Lime Pie is one of my favorites. Yours looks delish and is so beautifully presented.

  15. This looks fabulous. I love Key Lime Pie!

  16. Your key lime pie recipe looks mouth-watering! Lime trees are common where we live, but where we farm in Mexico it is the main crop. If you buy your key limes in a green net bag at the grocery store chances are they are from the state of Colima in Mexico.
    I'm saving your recipe for the next time I need to make a dessert.
    Ladybug Creek

  17. One of my favorite pies!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I bought Key limes the other day and yes, squeezing them is a challenge. Well worth it though!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ stop by and check out the giveaway I have going on. :-)


  18. One of my favorite pies!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I bought Key limes the other day and yes, squeezing them is a challenge. Well worth it though!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ stop by and check out the giveaway I have going on. :-)


  19. The pie looks delicious! Wonderful book review also.

    The lens, I used for the tulips, is just the 18-55mm kit lens that was included with the Canon Rebel T2i. It has an image stabilizer which is great. Rather than use my Tamron 18-200 macro lens, I decided it would be fun to experiment with the little inexpensive 18-55, which I don't think is meant to be macro. Worked wonderfully!
    Thanks so much for your visit and lovely comment!

  20. Seriously...I have got to read this book! The key lime pie made my mouth water. It is one of my favorites!

  21. Forget Miss Dora, I want the pie! It looks heavenly! I don't think I have ever seen Key Limes here in the market. DH said he thought he saw them at Costco once. I def want to try this recipe!

  22. Yummy!!! now if mine will turn out this way I'd be one happy camper. Have I told you lately how much your blog inspires me? Well it does.. Thanks.

  23. I bought some key limes yesterday just because I found some. This is what I will do with them for company on Sunday! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the tale.

  24. I wish I lived near you--I adore Key Lime pie, and this one looks divine! Your photographs are stunning. Thank you SO much!

  25. Got the book toay!! Can't wait to get started on it. Now I'm going to go check out a few more of your posts!!

  26. This is the perfect season for this recipe. I love key lime.

    I'd love to have you share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

  27. Beautiful Key Lime Pie, Jacqueline! I think I know what ingredient to add for Miss Dora - artificial sweetener :)

  28. This looks like a wonderful recipe...always in search of the perfect key lime pie...this just might be it. :)

  29. Bravo! Jacqueline, this is such a delightful post. I'm a southern girl, and I do like key lime pie! Great job of weaving in parts of the story with your fabulous photos. And ditto what Michael Lee said, "I wish I lived near you." Thanks for the "receipt". ~ Sarah

  30. I haven't come across any spicy parts of the book yet, but thanks for the warning.

    Love your key lime pie. Nice way to decorate it too. Really nice photos.

  31. Gosh sakes girl, the insides of my mouth are doing a belly dance! YUMMY! I wish I was there! ;D

  32. I'm missing a bit ..not having read the book..but your KLP ..cake..looks fabulous!

  33. I loved your post! Your Key Lime pie looks perfect:)

  34. OH yeah,gotta love Miss Dora,she is a hoot,I'm reading GWAHM!
    I cooked Coop's red pepper omelet,for Foodie Friday,this is sooo much fun!
    Love this post and love the Miss Dora's key lime pie,yum!

  35. Pure Heaven, Jacqueline! Makes me pucker just to imagine that first bite!!

    I could never find key limes so long time ago, I used a bottled juice by Kermits, from Key West. It was good but I'm SURE yours done with the fresh stuff was much better.

    Now I'm hungry for it...the mark of a great post!!!!!!!

  36. Delicious! But I noticed you left some crumbs on your plate. Wasteful, simply wasteful:)

    I'm also a serious fan of this classic pie, and I pounce on it, every chance I get.

  37. Key Lime Pie was our daughter's favorite pie. She passed away last year from breast cancer, but I think baking this would be a fitting tribute to a beautiful woman.
    Thank you for the recipe. XOXO

  38. Key Lime Pie is one of my favs ~ even served it Easter Sunday at our house! Your photos are incredible! Now I'm so hungry.

    Just got my copy of GWAHM yesterday and can't wait to start reading it this evening!

    Found your beautiful blog thru my linkup to Laurie's Fav Things party! I hope you'll stop by for a visit soon!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  39. BEAUTIFUL and delicious looking!!

  40. Looks delicious! Your photos are gorgeous! My husband is a big key lime pie fan!!!

  41. This pie looks to die for and your pictures are stunning! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  42. Be still my heart. Key lime pie!! My absolute FAVORITE pie!! I don't think I have time to make one now. Must run to the bakery!! lol. Love your blog!!


  43. Bonjour Jacqueline,
    I would like to have a part
    Oup's I so far!
    I will try this recipe on magnific presentation
    Have a lovely 1st may

  44. Jacqueline, your pie looks beautiful. Everything you cook looks like it was done by a professional chef. I'm sure Teeny would have been proud to have served this pie. Thank you for linking up. laurie

  45. Great photo shoot with the key lime pie! The tall crust looks so perfect! It's making my mouth water:)

  46. Hi Jackie,

    It's Chelsea, one of Jess' friends from BYU - eons and eons ago, it seems. I have to say that I love that you have a blog (and a very popular one, at that)!

    I am earmarking this recipe. It looks delicious.

    One of the things I remember most about always visiting your beautiful home were the fabulous brownie waffle sundaes. I haven't sifted through your blog to see if you've posted the recipe on here, but if you haven't, would you email it to me? I've been talking about it for 10 years and haven't been able to duplicate it!

    I hope your family is all doing well!


    Chelsea (Watkins) Alexander

  47. It looks so good! I have to give it a try myself!

  48. This looks incredible, incredible, incredible!!! I'd love for you to link it up to my Sweet Treats Party!

  49. These look so delicious!! I am your new follower! I will definitely be trying some of your recipes.. :) Also if you want to check out my blog it is I am new to this, but I am excited to share recipes, crafts, and make-up. If you would want to follow also that would be wonderful!!

  50. Hi! I'm hosting a linky party called A Themed Baker's Sunday and this week's theme is Citrus! This includes: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit!
    Also, Enter to win my Free Giveaway!!!

  51. What a great post-I just finished this book and your post reflects the book so well.


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