Happy Pie Day! Every good diet needs some level of dessert and National Pie Day is a great excuse if you ask me. It’s still only about 15 degrees here and subsequently I have sunny Florida on my mind to help me get through the frigid Minnesota cold. Combine pie day and Florida and naturally all I can think about is Florida’s official state pie, Key Lime.
Ever wonder about where Key Lime Pie originated from? Straight from Wikipedia, here is a very interesting history:
The origin of key lime pie has been traced back to the late 19th century in the Key West, Florida area. Its exact origins are unknown, but the first formal mention of Key lime pie as a recipe may have been made by William Curry, a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire; his cook, “Aunt Sally”, made the pie for him. If such is the case, however, it is also possible and maybe even probable that Sally adapted the recipe already created by local sponge fishermen. Sponge fishermen spent many contiguous days on their boats, and stored their food on board, including nutritional basics such as canned milk (which would not spoil without refrigeration), limes and eggs. Sponge fishermen at sea would presumably not have access to an oven, and, similarly, the original recipe for Key lime pie did not call for cooking the mixture of lime, milk, and eggs.
Key lime pie is made with canned sweetened condensed milk, since fresh milk was not a common commodity in the Florida Keys before modern refrigerated distribution methods. The creator of the “frozen” Key lime pie is Fern Butters (1892-1975).
You can easily get your hands on a slice of this delectable dessert at Schwans.com (no baking required!)