Last November, the hubby and I went to Key West. After completing a bike tour of the island (coolest way ever to sight-see by-the-way), we were rewarded w/ a piece of Key Lime Pie. Because I've been craving Key Lime Pie ever since, I decided to make my own and do a little experiment to see if you can tell the difference between fresh limes and Key Lime juice concentrate. For both pies, I used this recipe HERE. I made the fresh one first.
Squeezing all those tiny limes was a pain. You needed an entire bag.
I was too impatient and cut it before it was properly set up so it looked like this. It wasn't pretty, but it was delicious. If there weren't other people in the room, I would have licked my plate clean. Actually, if all the other people would have left the room, I would have licked their plates clean too:)
The next week, I made the same recipe but with key lime juice in a bottle. I still used fresh lime zest. It was still good (it looked better, b/c I let it set up), if I hadn't made the fresh one the week before, I would have really liked it. However, after having the fresh one, I was disappointed. The fresh one just tasted lighter and had a better sweet/ tart balance.
Bottom line: fresh is best
Need a St.Patty's Day treat?