Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Jack and I have been traveling around the state of Florida doing research for my book Florida Sweets, due out in July 2017. One of our favorite trips was to the Florida Keys in search of the best Key Lime Pie, and we found many.
Here is a sneak peek from the chapter on Key lime pie:
From Key limes to kumquats, the Sunshine State has an abundance of pies, but the king of them all is the Key lime pie. You will find it served in homes and restaurants and sold at bakeries and grocery stores. Before the Key lime pie was crowned the state pie of Florida in 2006, a great debate took place. Well, perhaps not that great, as they gave up when the legislative session ended in 1994. Sweet potatoes, strawberries and pecans were vying for the title, without a mention of peaches, peanuts or kumquats. Strawberry pie is beautiful and luscious and a reminder in Florida that spring is on its way. Sweet potato pie is almost heaven in a slice, and if you’ve never tried it the recipe is simple, as easy as making a pumpkin pie. It is a Thanksgiving staple at our house. My recipe for Pink Lime Pie in Easy Breezy Florida Cooking requires baking the pie for 15 minutes, as many Key lime pie recipes call for today. I use Key limes but add a few drops of red food coloring so it changes from the dull yellow to a prettier pink. My niece, DeLyn Sheffield McBride, moved out west and substituted the limequats she found in her yard, using my basic recipe and had successful results. (Florida Sweets)
More to come in 2017, Happy New Year!