“Key Lime pie represents a lot of things South Florida,” Fireman Derek tells Food Republic about one of his signature dishes. “It’s tropical, it’s sweet, it’s refreshing—just like the temperature and the environment down here.”
The easy-to-make pie is a favorite at the three South Florida locations of Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop. He also offers nationwide shipping, so you can get a delicious Key Lime pie delivered to your home.
So why bother to make a Key Lime pie yourself? With only six ingredients, it’s a satisfying, easy-to-reproduce baking project. Make one to close out your next dinner party or to sweeten up a family gathering. Fireman Derek loves it, and he virtually guarantees that you will too.
“I love the flavor, the sweetness, the tartness of it, the buttery graham cracker crust, and then a little bit of that fresh whipped cream on top,” Derek says. “It’s my favorite pie.”
A few notes on the ingredients:
- Key lime juice can be found in many supermarkets and is available online. In a pinch, you can substitute lemon juice or a mix of lime and lemon juice to help achieve the tartness of key limes.
- Don’t discard the whites of your eggs. You can refrigerate them for a day or two and use them to make egg-white omelettes, soufflés, waffles, and even in cocktails.
- Whenever possible, make your own whipped cream. Here’s how.
- 1 package 14.4 ounce graham crackers
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 6 egg yolks
- 2 14 ounce cans condensed milk
- 6 oz. Key Lime juice
- fresh whipped cream
For the Key Lime Pie
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Grind graham crackers and butter in a food processor.
Scoop the crust mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and mold into the bottom and sides of the pan.
In a bowl, mix the condensed milk and egg yolks until the mixture is smooth.
Add key lime juice into the filling and mix well.
Pour the pie filling into the crust and bake for approx. 20 minutes until the pie is set.
Allow the pie to cool completely before refrigerating or freezing.
When ready to serve, top each pie slice with a dollop of whipped cream.