Key Lime Pie, Part 3 (no culprit here): Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie, Brooklyn, NY; $4.99 (mini-pie). Finally!
One of my sister’s research results was a website quoting Steve of “Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie” about never cooking the pie’s filling, as “the consistency changes and the flavor of the lime juice is altered by the heat.”
When I searched for more about Steve online, I found his business website and staunch advocacy for simple filling ingredients of sweetened condensed milk, pasteurized eggs (to avoid the salmonella risk), and key lime juice. Lo and behold, Steve’s is located at the Brooklyn waterfront on Van Dyke Street, and I’ve got a kid living in Brooklyn!
This is no simple kid, of course. Besides preferring pie to cake since childhood, Cooper Fleishman is a top-of-the-line Assigning Editor for The Daily Dot and copyedits for Us Weekly and Rolling Stone. He’s also a great writer and musician, who recently filled in as bass player for tiger dare at a benefit concert for Scott Miller. He’s taught me how to make gifs and start this blog, and – though I miss him – is perfectly positioned to sample Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie for his mother!
We found a retailer for the pies very close to Coop in Park Slope at the Union Market at Union and 6th Street. Coop agreed to FaceTime with me (see last photo) so that I could observe his reaction and ask questions.
Overall, he called the pie “spectacular,” with the filling being “very smooth” (no powdery texture at all) and “not too sweet,” which he prefers. The 4-inch mini-pie or “tart” is baked in a tiny foil pan and sold in a (reusable) short deli container. Steve’s also sells 10” and 8” pies, plus a 3-inch “teaser.”
So, thanks to pie scout Cooper, we finally have a good Key Lime Pie to report, though you gotta be in NYC. It was a fine vicarious pleasure, but I’d still like to taste one for myself.
Note to Coop: Are my quotation marks and commas correct? xo, Mom