Friday, September 4, 2009

Key Lime Pie

My dad's favorite dessert is key lime pie and since it was his 50th birthday party this past weekend I decided to try to make my first key lime pie for him. My favorite story is when we were in Disney World - our meal plan included dessert. So every night dad had a different creme brulee until the last night he announced he wasn't having creme brulee - then we got the dessert menu, and it was key lime creme brulee, guess what he got :-D.

I didn't eat this because I chose peanut butter pie (to come later) but I heard it was really good.

[Printable Recipe]

1/2 c. lime juice (12-15 key limes or 3 to 4 common limes)
4 teaspoons grated lime zest
4 egg yolks
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
11 graham crackers
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted


Zest all the limes - I had 11 small limes

Zest of 11 Key Limes
Zest of 11 Key Limes

Juice limes until you have 1/2 a cup.

the lime death bed
the lime death bed

lime juice
lime juice

This would also be the time to make the crust.

Whisk the egg yolks and lime lest together in a bowl until tinted light green. ( about 2 mins - mine was a light yellow with specks of green)


Beat in milk then juice ( make sure you strain the juice so you don't get seeds and pulp in)

Set aside at room temp to thicken.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Pour the mixture in the pie crust and spread it evenly then bake for 15 mins until the center sets but is still wiggly


Remove from oven and cool to room temp

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours

You can decide how to top it, my dad wanted a thin layer of whip cream on the whole top.

it was prettier before we cut it but I didn't get a pic
it was prettier before we cut it but I didn't get a pic

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