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State Archives of Florida
Florida's Key Lime Pie.
Number on back at bottom left: KW.5.
Note recipe at right reading, "An authentic Key Lime Pie with native key limes. Note the creamy yellow inside. Key Lime Pie is world famous for a just right tart taste. RECIPE 4 eggs 1 can Condensed Milk 1/3 cup Key Lime Juice Beat the yolk of 4 eggs and the white of one until thick. Add the condensed milk and beat again. Add the lime juice and beat until thick. Beat the 3 remaining egg whites until dry and fold in the mixture. Pour into a baked pie shell. Separate two eggs, beat the whites with two tablespoons of sugar until stiff and forms peaks, spread on top of pie and bake in oven until meringue is brown."
Accompanying note: "The early settlers along the Florida Keys had no means of refrigeration, and as a result, had very little in the way of desserts. The Key Lime Pie, made from Key Limes that are grown in the Florida Keys, and have a very tart taste due to the rock formation of the Keys, is a result of this search for a sweet that would be made easily from the produce at hand. The recipe has been handed down from generation to generation since the 18th century."
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Florida's Key Lime Pie. 1964. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/269872>, accessed 19 September 2021.
Florida's Key Lime Pie. 1964. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/269872>.