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Key Lime Pie Recipe

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Key lime pie
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Key lime pie is famous around the world. It is a very simple custard pie that is easy to make at home. Fresh is preferable, but if you cannot find fresh Key limes, you should be able to find bottled Key lime juice in the canned fruit aisle near the lemon juice. This could not be simpler to make. The main time factor is zesting and squeezing all those little Key limes, but it is definitely worth it. Remember to zest the limes before squeezing the juice.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup fresh (preferable) or bottled Key lime juice (about 24 to 30 Key limes)
  • 1 purchased or homemade 9-inch graham cracker crust
  • Sweetened whipped cream for garnish, any variety


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Place egg yolks and lime zest in a nonreactive bowl and beat on high speed about 5 minutes, until the mixture is very glossy. Add sweetened condensed milk in a steady stream and beat until thickened, another 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and add Key lime juice, beating only until combined.

Pour the lime custard into the prepared graham cracker crust. Bake about 10 minutes until filling has barely set. Remove from oven and let slowly cool until it is room temperature. Refrigerate.

Place the Key lime pie in the freezer about 15 to 20 minutes before serving time. Slice and serve with a large dollop of whipped cream.

Yield: 8 servings
Key Lime Pie Recipe Photo © 2011 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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 2 out of 5
Too sour pie, Member mrs.nancyduran

2/3 cup of fresh key limes made this pie VERY SOUR.

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