ORIGINAL KEY LIME PIE

by Vickie
(St. Petersburg, Florida)


True Floridians who are lucky enough to have their own key lime tree in their yards are raised on this basic, original recipe.

1 Ritz graham cracker pie crust
Brush with butter and bake 5 minutes or so - Rremove from oven and cool. (for family pies make your own crust from ground grahams)
3 eggs - separate
1 14 OZ can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup KEY LIME lime juice (We have a tree, and freeze juice in 1/2 cup containers.

When that isn't an option Publix sells key limes that work, though sometimes they are tarter)

Using an electric beater, beat yolks and sweetened condensed milk; add lime juice a little at a time until it is well incorporated, then pour into the cooled pie crust.

Cook about 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven

While pie is cooking beat egg-whites on high adding white sugar to taste - some like the meringue sweeter, others less sweet.

Remove pie from oven and top it with the meringue and return to oven until lightly browned - KEEP YOUR EYES ON THIS PART!

CHILL. EAT.

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