Many years ago when I first started making keylime pie, I added a few drops of food coloring to give it a green tint. That’s how it had been served to me in a restaurant, and I wanted to replicate it the way I thought was most recognizable. However, most places keep this refreshing, citrusy treat its all-natural off-white color, often garnishing with a slice of lime to show what it is.
Well, one time when I left it au natural, my brother was very disappointed. He said from then on, he only wanted me to make my keylime pie green. As you know, he tends to have a lot of food requests, but I’m happy to comply. One year for Chanukah, I actually made it blue. Regardless of the aesthetics, this tangy dessert has always been a party on our taste buds. Last night was no different.
For Jeff’s birthday, I whipped up this traditional pie. For him, I prepare it with a chocolate Oreo crust. It was something he came up with for his 21st, and I’ve been making it that way for him ever since.
Although it may sound a bit odd (and look exactly like chocolate mint pie, which it’s totally not), it actually is a surprisingly yummy twist from the traditional graham cracker exterior.
So go ahead. Live a little. Try something new. It may end up being very special to someone you love.
*Recipe from Nellie and Joe’s Keywest Lime Juice*
1 9″ Oreo pie crust
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Nellie and Joe’s Keywest Lime Juice
3 egg yolks
5 drops green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350°. Empty sweetened condensed milk into the bottom of your mixing bowl.
Pour in lime juice.
Add egg yolks. (Save the whites for an omelette!)
Squeeze in food coloring.
Transfer filling to your pie crust.
Bake for 15 minutes, then allow to cool at least 10 minutes before refrigerating.
For easy storage/transportation, flip the plastic from the crust to create a cover.
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