Thursday, August 21, 2008

Key Lime Pie


I know lots of people have made key lime pie and blogged about it but I've been wanting to make it forever and it's delicious so I want to blog about it too! Talk about an easy to put together recipe, and with a graham cracker crust and condensed milk in the custard/filling - what's not to love? It's also easy to make - as long as you're not like me and you actually pay attention. I ended up adding the whipping cream, intended for the topping, to the egg/lime mixture and had to restart. It is quite a tart dessert, so if you love citrusy and tart things then you'll love this. Oh and for my first attempt at making it (the one I messed up) I had actual key limes, but when I went to the store to get some more limes to remake the filling, they didn't have any more. I don't think it makes too big of a difference, aside from the fact that key lime pie sounds a lot better than just lime pie (which actually doesn't sound appealing at all now that I've written it out).


If you have extra condensed milk because you can't find the right size can, make dulce de leche! And then use that dulce de leche to make these yummy looking dulce de leche macaroons that are on my list of things to make. And/or with the extra egg whites you can make regular macaroons (or macarons!)

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Apple Pie with Brown Sugar Streusel Topping
Raspberry and White Chocolate Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
The Most Extraordinary French Lemon Cream Tart

Key Lime Pie
Adapted from Martha Stewart

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
5 tablespoons sugar
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup freshly squeezed key-lime juice
1 tbsp grated key-lime zest
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled

1. Heat oven to 375F. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 3 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl. Press into a 9-inch pie plate, and bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.

2. Lower oven to 325F. In a medium bowl, gently whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, key-lime juice, and zest. Pour into the prepared, cooled crust.

3. Return pie to oven, and bake until the center is set but still quivers when the pan is nudged, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

4. Shortly before serving, combine cream and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon over cooled pie. Serve immediately. Garnish with lime slices if you feel fancy.

34 comments:

Vegetation said...

Wow....just....wow. You never fail to make me drool with your scrumptious looking posts!

VeggieGirl said...

I JUST finished eating a Key Lime Pie flavor Larabar before reading this post, haha!! How funny!! :0D Looks fabulous!!

The Food Librarian said...

Wow! This look sooo yummy. That whipped cream is so light and beautiful.

Erin said...

What a beautiful slice! Key Lime Pie is such a wonderful summer dessert.

ec said...

Looks delicious! This is similar to my recipe, except that I add an 8-oz packet of cream cheese to the filling and combine in a blender. Most people can tell if I use regular instead of key limes. I like it with some cardamom and cloves, but that version is not for the spice-averse.

Ricki said...

Gorgeous. Key lime pie is my honey's favorite, too--maybe I'll just have to whip one up for him!

Thanks, too, for your comment on my blog--so nice of you! (And very motivating--I'm off to type up recipes!) :)

Bellini Valli said...

I love key lime pie that's for sure. I saw key limes at the grocery store once...I'll have to wait till I see them again:D

Bunny said...

I've never had key lime pie, that makes me quite sad after seeing how good yours looks!

kickpleat said...

I love key lime pie and I haven't made it in ages. Must be rectified, stat!

Hannah said...

Oh, that looks so creamy and refreshing, just perfect for a hot summer's day!

VeganCowGirl said...

So yummy. Great choice! Key Lime pie is also pretty easy to veganize...I think there is a recipe in Robin Robertson's Vegan Planet. Your pie looks great though...esp. with the cream topping.

Grace said...

easy-peasy, delicious, and refreshing--ya can't beat that with a stick. :)

Beth said...

Iv never had a key lime pie before. Looks fantastic, really want to try it

Nikki Douglas said...

This is supremely gorgeous - I have had some incredible Key Lime Pie in my life (since I used to live in Key West)and this looks like some of the best.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I would never have a problem with extra sweetened condensed milk. :)

This is such a fresh and beautiful pie, I'm glad you blogged it!

Deborah said...

It doesn't matter if other people have made or blogged about key lime pie before - because I loved seeing yours! I was actually thinking about that the other day - there are so many food blogs these days, I'm pretty sure everything has been blogged!

This looks so good!!

Meighan said...

Wow this looks so good!!!! I love key lime pie, but I have never made it. Now I want to make one!!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Sandy Smith said...

Oh, yum! I just love Key lime pie, and yours looks perfect. Wish I could dig in right now!

Destiny's Vegan Kitchen said...

Oh my. I'm pretending this is vegan. Gorgeous!

Snooky doodle said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm key lime pie!!!!! looks delicious

Parker said...

I love key lime pie! I've never made a pie and saw some key limes in the store then your site on the same day...must be a sign. Looks fantastic.

eatme_delicious said...

Vegetation: Aw thank you!

VeggieGirl: Haha nice. I want to try that key lime pie Larabar!

The Food Librarian: Thanks!

Erin: Thanks! Yes I agree, great summer dessert.

ec: Ooo I bet the addition of cream cheese is so delicious!! Hm I do love cloves but I'm not sure if I'd like it in this pie.

Ricki: Thanks!

Bellini Valli: Mmm yes then make this pie! =)

Bunny: Aw yea haha you should go make some and try it! This was my first time having it.

kickpleat: Haha yes you should make it soon.

Hannah: Mmm yes perfect for a hot summer's day!

VeganCowGirl: Oh I should look into the vegan version.

Grace: Indeed.

Beth: You should!

Nikki: Mmm yea I bet you've had some yummy key lime pies. Lucky! =)

Patricia: Haha yea me either!

Deborah: Aw thanks! Yea and some things get blogged about over and over again (like chocolate chip cookies or brownies) but I still love seeing them all!

Meighan: Thanks! Hope you like it. =)

Sandy: Thanks!

Destiny's Vegan Kitchen: Haha. Thanks!

Snooky doodle: Thanks!

Parker: Haha yes you should make this pie.

Helene said...

I never had Key Limes before but this surely looks yummy.

Sarah said...

I'll never mind looking at key lime pie again! :) Looks delicious, & really really makes me want to make some...along with dulce de leche which I've been dying to make too.

eatme_delicious said...

Helene: Thanks!

Sarah: Mmm yes dulce de leche is delicious.

Kevin said...

That looks so good! I have been wanting to try a key lime pie for a long time.

cinderelly said...

oh so yummy! lime is my favorite flavor, even over chocolate!

maybelle's mom said...

key lime is my favorite. love it.

eatme_delicious said...

Kevin: Thanks!

cinderelly: Over chocolate?? Wow. Definitely chocolate wins for me.

maybelle's mom: Glad you love it. =)

Adam said...

Having consumed said pie, I concur that it is better tasting than it looks. I also agree that 'lime pie' sounds ... bad.

Psychgrad said...

I think I could do this without any major disasters. Looks delicious. But, I'm not sure where to find key limes - have to look into that.

michele said...

key limes are decidedly different from persian limes. key limes (aka mexican lemons here in So. Cal. where they grow everywhere!) are sweeter and more floral-- your pie was tart because key limes require less sugar (similar to meyer lemons vs. eurekas)

Clare & Gary said...

I make my 'key' lime pie with Persian limes when key limes aren't available..it tastes great either way...you can also kick up your pie with Tequila...it's an interesting twist.

Dana said...

absolutely gorgeous looking pie! I had so much of it when I was in Florida last year (the Keys, not too surprising it was popular). Nothing like homemade though, and this looks quite easy.
Thanks for sharing your recipe, glad you finally decided to try it yourself. Looks like it was a raving success!