Blue Heaven Sky High Key Lime Pie

Blue Heaven Sky High Key Lime Pie
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Blue Heaven is located in historic Bahama Village, and is the one-time location of Ernest Hemingway’s boxing ring. When Mrs. Hemingway decided to surprise her husband with a swimming pool at their residence on Whitehead Street, his boxing ring was moved around the corner to Blue Heaven. The factor that sets Blue Heaven’s pie apart is the sky-high mountain of meringue on top. If you want to watch a live demo of the baking process, check that out here.
  • 4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk, preferably borden's
  • 1 cup key lime juice, fresh
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 8 egg whites*
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter together. Line a 9-inch pie tin with the cracker mix, pressing firmly to line bottom and sides. Bake for 8 minutes. This makes enough crust for about 4 pies
  3. Whisk the condensed milk with the lime juice and egg yolks in a stainless steel bowl. Pour into the pre-baked graham cracker shell. Set aside while making the meringue.
  4. Beat the egg whites to a soft peak; add cream of tartar and continue to whip to a stiff peak. Continue whipping and add the sugar, whipping until the meringue forms stiff peaks. Decoratively add meringue on top of the custard.
  5. Bake for 15-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cook until the meringue has good color. Check with a wooden skewer or cake tester to be sure the custard is done.