Classic Key Lime Pie #foodbloggers4FL

Florida is a state that is near and dear to my heart. I'd had the opportunity to visit Florida a few times and my favorite visit was a family vacation to Marco Island, FL. We escaped the cold spring of Chicago and headed south for some spring sun on the beach a few years ago. It was a special vacation for my family so I think of Marco Island with so much nostalgia.

When Hurricane Irma plowed through Marco Island and left a trail of devastation, my heart sank. I can't imagine what the residents of Marco Island and the other areas who were affected by Hurricane Irma's wrath are dealing with now. But leave it to my fellow food bloggers to once again come together to bring awareness and help spread the word of resources and charities to help those impacted by Irma. We've collaborated with our favorite recipes inspired by Florida, Southern US and also the Caribbean Islands who were affected.

One of my favorite desserts that captures quintessential Florida for me is a Classic Key Lime Pie. My husband absolutely loves this particular pie as well and I recently made this dessert to a special date night menu we had at home. It's wonderful for any occasion because it's light, refreshing and makes me wish I were back lounging on the beaches of Marco Island, FL...

There's quite a few recipes for key lime pie, but this one is legit. I got this recipe from a Florida local who I met at a bookstore while we visited Marco Island during spring break a few years back. She and I got to talking while we were perusing cookbooks at the bookstore and she graciously shared her key lime pie recipe with me. It was amazing. AHmazing! So after trying it myself, I knew I had to share it here. Thank you Marge!

Classic Key Lime Pie
Margaret H. of Naples, FL

1 1/2 cups ground graham cracker crust
1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter

2 (14oz) cans of condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup fresh key lime juice
1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest

1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest
fresh strawberries for garnish

For the crust - combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter until moistened and press into a 9 inch pie pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 7 minutes and remove; set aside. Keep oven on, still at 350 degrees.

For the filling - combine condensed milk, sour cream, key lime juice and lime zest. Pour mixture into cooled graham cracker crust. Bake into 350 degree oven for 5-8 minutes and do not brown the pie. Remove from oven and chill completely for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

For the topping - whip heavy cream in a cold, large metal bowl with cold metal beaters until the cream becomes slightly stiff and spreadable. Spread whipped cream on top of the chilled pie. Garnish with fresh lime zest and fresh strawberries to serve.

It was a lot of fun celebrating the deliciousness of Florida, the Southern US and Caribbean Islands! Be sure to check out other food bloggers who are participating today, which can be found by search the hashtag: #foodbloggers4FL or view the recipe links attached below! To learn more about charities dedicated to helping our fellow Floridians, Southerners and Caribbean Islanders rebuilding their families and lives, please check out this list as well:

Volunteer Florida -…
Miami Diaper Bank - 
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida -… 
South Florida Wildlife Center -…
Heart of Florida United Way -
All Faiths Food Bank -
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida -
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency -
Fondos Unidos -
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands -
St. John Community Foundation -
Anguilla Beaches -