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Monday, April 16, 2012

Key Lime Pie

Ordinarily I'm not superstitious, but after a horrific Friday the 13th, (my next post), we decided we are in need of a cruise to nowhere!  When I think of my favorite guilty pleasure on a cruise, without question it's Key Lime Pie.  It's just the perfect sweet and sour, creamy-crunchy, melt in your mouth dessert.

With company in town and a big bag of limes in the fridge, I got busy.  Lucky for us, I was able to 

snap a few inspiring images before this baby was history!  If you are in need of a little get-away from life as usual, this is a tasty one.

Key Lime Pie

  • 1-1/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cups fresh Key lime juice
  • grated zest from 2 limes
Creamy Topping:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325.  Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and blend thoroughly.  Pack mixture firmly into a 9" pie pan and press firmly to bottom and sides, bringing crumbs evenly up to the rim.  Bake the crust for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow the crust to cool.  While the crust is resting, in an electric mixer with the wire whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks and lime zest  at high speed until fluffy.  Gradually add the condensed milk and continue to whip until thick.  Now lower the speed of the mixer and slowly add the lime juice until incorporated.  Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 15 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.  Before serving, whip the cream, confectioner's sugar and vanilla until nearly stiff.  Evenly spread whipped cream on top of the pie and garnish with a slice of fresh lime.  Serves 6-8.

Happy Cruising Friends!
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  1. Renee,
    I think I am the only person in the USA who hasn't tasted Key Lime Pie. Your pie and recipe look delicious. Hope you recover from the 13th and enjoy your cruise to nowhere.

    1. I can't even imagine! This is a quick and easy pie....give it a whirl.

  2. i just walked in with fresh picked lemons... you are making rethink my selection to go back out in the garden and scrounge up some limes. your photos are making me salivate...

  3. Looks amazing! Just curious, do you think I can substitute lemon or orange juice/zest for the lime juice/zest or is this recipe just for using limes.

    1. I have replaced lime and used lemon before. So yes, you can!

  4. Your pie looks amazing! Hope your Friday the 13th wasn't toooo bad! I made my first meringue pie this weekend, posting soon:@)

  5. Key lime pie is my all time favorite and yours looks out of this world. Oh, now you've done it! I'm almost drooling...and real whipped cream,too. The best!

  6. Key Lime is the perfect summer taste, IMO. I'm trying to lose those 50 pounds by tomorrow. I shouldn't have come here. I. Just. Shouldn't. Have. Come...

    I will be waiting for the next post and hope very much that it wasn't something really bad.

  7. Looks delicious!! I love key lime! -Jessica@GreenPB&Js

  8. I had Key Lime pie while I was in Florida a year ago.
    Best thing I had ever put in my mouth.
    I swear!

    That looks like a doable recipe.

  9. Oh my goodness! This is one of my all-time favorite desserts! My sister-in-law from Ireland visited and had never tasted Key Lime pie before. I ended up shipping back ingredients to her so she could make it at home! Your recipe looks better and so creamy!

    If you have time I'd love to have you join us on my weekly linky party at Teagan's Travels. Here's the link to the party going on now!


    Blessings, Michelle

  10. Delicious! I love key lime pie! What a wonderful treat!

  11. lol at Deborah,
    I have never tried it either, we must be the only two. Every time I see it, I think, "that looks delicious, I'll have to try it"....and I never do. This year, Deborah. Let's go for it. ;)

  12. Wishing I could have you and Deborah over for your first taste! It's my very favorite dessert.

  13. I LOVE key lime pie but I don't think I've ever seen a more delightful looking one than this!

  14. This is my husband's favorite and I have yet to make one from scratch. I'll have to give this a shot! Thanks for sharing!

    Angela @ Our Family Journey

  15. I'm afraid of what I'm going to read in your next post!

    Beautiful Key Lime Pie! I love the fresh, clean citrus flavor.

  16. We were just talking about our favorite key lime pies! We were at a restaurant and they didn't have a good one. Mine is like yours with egg yolks and baked. So creamy. Now I am craving one!

  17. HI! I found you through Jacqueline's blog. I LOVE key lime pie and this recipe sounds delish! You sure do NOT look old enough for all those grands:):) So glad I found you, I'll be back! XO, Pinky

  18. Your blog is so cheerful.Key Lime pie or cheesecake is one of my favorites. I probably gained a few pounds just by looking at your gorgeous dessert. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  19. I've only ever had Key Lime Pie once, and I loved it - a great dessert for a summer evening.
    I'm a bit worried about that next post....

  20. Thanks so much for stopping by....
    Now, if you will excuse me, I have one foot out the door, going to gather ingredients for MY Key Lime Cruise........:)))thanks bunches for the recipe.

  21. That pie is drool worthy and I feel those ocean breezes!


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