These buttery shortbread coins are flavored with sweet-tart key limes.
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There were a million food moments over the course of that trip that more than justified my cockeyed plan. Mountainous, tender biscuits at Tupelo Honey in Asheville, North Carolina. Fried chicken at JCT Kitchen in Atlanta. Everything at Franklin BBQ in Austin. One of the simpler moments was a quick breakfast in Mobile, Alabama. A fat slice of key lime bread and a cup of hot coffee before we turned west and pushed on into the bayou.
This moist, buttery quick bread is flavored with key limes and poppy seeds then covered in a sweet-tart key lime glaze.
The goal of this recipe is simple: a pie that takes folks back to the kitschy nostalgia of an early bird special, that gets treated with all of the finesse and attention it deserves. No neon green fillings, jell-o jiggles, or metallic-tasting pre-squeezed juice allowed. The whole point of the dessert is to celebrate the bright, tangy taste of real key limes.
Granita is about the easiest and most refreshing dessert you can make, and this one is somewhere between a cocktail and key lime pie.
These tacos are more Florida than Texas or California, with the sweet bright acidity of key limes infusing the grill-seared shrimp, the chunky avocado and mango salsa, and zest-studded crema. These are crisp, intense, and fresh, with all the colors and flavors of South Florida.
For this ceviche, I start with mild, sweet sea scallops cut into a fine dice, and toss them with simple spikes of flavor from garlic, scallion, chili, and cilantro. The marinade gets its punch from freshly squeezed key lime juice, which mostly cooks the scallops and imparts a heady citrus scent, and pungent lime flavor. I serve it with freshly fried plantain chips. The perfect summer starter.
Key limes can be a bit hard to come by, but this recipe for Key Lime (Or Not) Pie from Mrs. Rowe's Little Book of Southern Pies by Mollie Cox Bryan is forgiving. You can substitute fresh lime juice for Key lime juice and end up with a pie that is equally delicious. Topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, key lime (or just plain old lime) pie is unbeatable.
What to do with two limes on the verge of expiration? Seriously, they didn't even look like limes anymore, but more like deformed green balls of death. Not to worry—they still turned out to be exceptional in this Key Lime...