Key lime's claim to fame is undoubtedly the Key Lime Pie
. The creamy, tart lime pie, preferably with some sweet whipped cream on top, is a Florida classic. As much as I think it's absolutely delicious, it's an acquired taste with its quintessential tartness.
Growing up, I just wasn't a fan. My grandmother liked it though and would order a slice whenever we were in Florida. But we grow older and wise, and our tastes change. So, when I was in Florida on business a few years ago, I decided to give the infamous pie another shot. Guess what? I loved it. The contrast of the sweet and tart really hits the spot on a cold day.
Unfortunately, if you love key limes and live beyond the confines of Florida, finding actual key limes can be a huge challenge. The good news? You can find key lime juice in most major grocery stores and that's enough to make a lot of fab key lime recipes, including the delicious Key Lime Coolers
that I whipped up this week.
What else can you make?
There are many different takes on key lime desserts out there. Check out Key Lime Coconut Angel Cake
, which looks simply heavenly (sorry, I couldn't resist!). Another great option? Key Lime Cheesecake
. I love a great, thick piece of creamy cheesecake ... and with a tart spin, it just sounds amazing. But then again so does the tart/crunch combination of Key Lime Pecan Tart
. But who can say no to a handheld sweet treat like Key West Cupcakes
? Not me!
As for cookies and bars, coolers aren't the only cookies you can whip up. Check out the layered Key Lime Bars
. Or for a more traditional cookie, Key Lime-White Chocolate Cookies
For a lighter take on a key lime treat, check out Key Lime-Strawberry Parfaits
and Key Lime Banana Smoothies
So, are you a fan of key lime treats?
Sarah W. Caron is a food writer, editor and blogger. Find her online at Sarah's Cucina Bella.