However, key lime pie instantly became my favorite pie on a trip the Florida Keys during my early teens. When I got home I decided I had to learn how to make it on my own. Being the mid-90's I couldn't jump on Google and do a quick recipe search, but I could still query the masses geek style. I sent my recipe request to rec.food.cooking on usenet and got back a great recipe and some tips from a fellow lover of the pie.* That recipe became my first "signature" recipe. I've made some tweaks over the years and now I'd like to share it with all of you.
Since this was the first recipe I learned to make on my own without parental guidance I've tried to make this instructable cover every step in detail. I've also included some tips at the end. I'm hoping these extra details might inspire another young food lover to try his hand at cooking.
*Thank you, Google for archiving all of usenet. Can't believe I actually found my original post from 1996.
Step 1: Ingredients
8 Graham Crackers
4 Tbsp Butter
1 14oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 Egg Yolks
5 oz (1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp) Key Lime Juice
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tbsp Sugar