The tart and sweet key lime pie is a must-taste while visiting Florida. It's the official pie for the state and dates back to the late 1800s when spongers (fishermen that harvested sponges) in Key West wanted to make a sweet treat with locally found ingredients. I think you'll find that the original recipe for key lime pie is quite different then the one you'll see in most restaurants today! Be sure to watch the video here where Chef David Sloan explains the history of this classic Florida dessert!
He's shared a recipe with us here from his Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook.
SPONGER KEY LIME PIE RECIPE
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 Key limes
6 inches of stale Cuban bread
2 coffee cups
1.Break bread and add thin layer (enough to cover the bottom) to each coffee cup.
2 Pour about an ounce of sweetened condensed milk in each cup.
3. Juice Key limes and add to remaining Sweetened condensed milk.
4. Add egg to condensed milk and Key lime.
5. Mix well with spoon and pour equal amounts in each coffee cup.
6. Cover with remaining Cuban bread.
7. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.