Classic Key Lime Pie! Sweet, tart, puckery goodness. This pie could not have come at a better time.
I’ve never been shy about eating my emotions and I have a lot to eat for today. My neighbors have this glorious maple tree in their yard (warning this post is about a tree, yup, I’m odd that way, feel free to scroll down to the recipe I’d understand). It was planted by the original owner of the property over 70 years ago, he came home from WW II and planted this beauty. It looks like a fairy tale tree where all the lower branches stretch out long as if to hold all thats above it. The branches that make their way up are just a little shorter than the last making this beautiful dome of leaves. In the Fall they glow yellow and amber, even on a cloudy Fall day its as if the sun is shining. And in the summer it is a wonderful source of shade.
Over the 3 years we have been here we have seen some branches drop from it after a storm, nothing too large or alarming. We figured any tree over 70 years old would lose a little here and there. My concerned neighbor called a Tree Trimmer (not a Tree Doctor, big mistake in my opinion) and he told her it had ants and had to be cut down. They arrived today without warning, big trucks, 6 strong men, chain saws and a wood chipper. In a matter of a few hours it was gone. A majestic king of a tree no more, the protection of the sun it provided no more, its beauty faded into a memory.
It’s not our tree or our property but I cried. It’s the beautiful tree we stared at while at the dinner table, while relaxing in the sunroom. It’s the tree all our guests would comment on when they would visit. It’s the tree we relied on to be there. Now there’s only an empty space.
I wanted to say something to my neighbor (how could you? It would’ve been fine for 10-20 more years) but as she approached me she to started to cry as it was being taken down limb by limb. At that moment I knew there was nothing to say, she was mourning her beloved tree, more so than I. It had been her tree for 40 + years, her protector of the sun, her fabulous Fall glow. So I gave her pie, this Classic Key Lime Pie. I consoled her and told her how much I loved the tree as well.
This Key Lime Pie is just the perfect flavor to sum up all of todays feeling and emotions. Sweet, tart, sour, tangy, comforting. Pie just makes you feel so warm and hugged. Even if there is a little puckering 😉 .
So cheers to you big, majestic Maple. Thanks for all the beauty and memories for all who planted you, watched you grow and enjoyed you for so many years. You will be missed!
Stacey FORGOT TO PIN IT? Here you go! Thanks. Yum
Classic Key Lime Pie
- 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
- 1/4 cup ice water more if needed
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup key lime juice
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- PIE CRUST:
- Add flour and salt to food processor
- Add the pieces of cold butter and mix for about 10 seconds or until mixture is a coarse meal texture.
- Add ice water a very little bit a time through the feed tube while food processor is running until dough holds together but is not sticky or wet.
- Empty onto a large piece of plastic wrap, press together to form a dough ball.
- Chill for at least an hour.
- When ready roll out disk onto a floured surface, must be about 1/8 inch thick and fit in 9 inch pie plate. Place rolled out disk in the 9 inch pie plate.
- Line pie crust with aluminum foil and fill with dry beans, dry rice or pie beads.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, until baked and golden brown.
- Let cool 5 minutes, remove foil and beans/rice/beads.
- Reduce oven temp to 350 degrees F.
- In medium bowl whisk egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk together.
- Add in the key lime juice, whisk completely.
- Pour into baked pie shell.
- Bake 15 minutes (at 350 degrees F).
- Let cool 30 minutes and then refrigerate over night (8 hours minimum).
- NOTE: DO NOT LAY SARAN WRAP ON THE PIE FILLING, IT WILL STICK.
- WHIPPED CREAM:
- In large bowl of mixer which the cream and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Transfer to piping bag and pipe design of choice onto pie or just spread it over the top of pie.
Katherine | Love In My Oven says
Aww this makes me truly sad too – heart wrenching considering the story of how it was planted. I’m sure your tree will not be forgotten! What a nice thing for you to do, consoling your neighbour with pie. I hope it made you feel a little better too!
Hi Katherine! It was a sad event and the pie did help, at least while I was eating it 😉 . Take care.
Wow I so enjoyed your post. I have a love of trees and wooded areas. My yard is surrounded by them. I have my favorites and can’t imagine looseing any of them. I feel your sadness. I also believe that this lovely pie could help in getting over any emotional stress!!! LOL Plan on making this for my Labor Day cookout. Thank for the recipe.
Hi Karol, trees are so special I think they help make the home just as much as the house itself. Enjoy the pie!! Take care.
This is a beautiful post…very touching. I was feeling all the feels as I was reading…. Key Lime Pie is one of my all-time favorites! Yours does the recipe proud! Pinned!
Hi Annie! Thank you very much. Key Lime is one of the best and one of my faves to! Take care.
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
I was all prepared to be angry with your neighbor but if she was sad too then I guess my anger is unwarranted. It’s so sad! This pie looks wonderful though 🙂
Hi Kelsie! Thank you. She was definitely heart broken as well. Pie got us through it ;-). Take care.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
This post was almost painful to read, Stacey! What started as a beautiful story, didn’t have a very beautiful ending! My heart breaks for that maple tree.. and you and your neighbor for that matter! I was thinking, “I would have ran out there and chained myself to the tree” (lol), but when you said your neighbor was crying I changed my tune a little. It’s amazing the things that are around us every day that seem so ordinary to some, like a tree for example, but they are something that fill our heart with so much joy. I’m thinking you need to plant a maple tree. And eat LOTS of this pie. 😉 Key lime pie is a favorite around here, and yours looks just spectacular, my friend! Cheers! <3
Hi Cheyanne. Thanks. It was super sad indeed. But I like your plan to plant a new tree and then I’ll celebrate with more pie 😉 . Take care
The Lemon pie looks so beautiful Stacey!! I feel your pain for the lovely Maple Tree! It’s sad how life is..But one has to make way for the new and let go of the old.. It’s really sweet of you to comfort your neighbor with this yummy pie!
Thanks Deepika! You are right, its how life is and Cheyanne (No Spoon Necessary) suggested planting a new tree in its place and I think thats what we’ll do. Thrilled you like the pie. Take care.