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Here is the Best Recipe for Key Lime Pie! Are you a key lime pie lover? I am and hadn’t made one in a very long time. But it was a hot July day and I wanted to make something cool that didn’t taste “heavy”. Key lime pie came to mind and I started going through recipes. This particular recipe is a combination of the Graham Cracker Crust recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and the Allrecipes recipe for Key Lime Pie.

Many people use the store-bought graham cracker crust, but it gives me the creeps. It’s sitting out of the refrigerator on the grocery store shelves. So it has to have a bunch of preservatives. And my preservative-free crust recipe is so easy as it just takes five minutes to prep and 45 minutes to firm up in the refrigerator. That’s enough time to squeeze the limes, make the filling, cut up the lime slices for garnish, and whip the whipped cream! What a deal!

Best Recipe for Key Lime Pie!: (Watch the Attached Video for a fantastic visual!)

Ingredients: (for the best recipe for Key Lime Pie!)

Some of the ingredients for the best key lime ie recipe!  They include graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar.
More ingredients include 5 egg yolks, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, and 1/2 cup of lime juice.
  • 1 1/4 cups fine graham cracker crumbs (that’s one package of 9 whole crackers)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons of melted butter
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice***
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 1 extra lime, for garnish

***I know that the traditional recipe for Key Lime Pie uses Key Lime juice from key limes, but I just use regular limes and the recipe tastes FANTASTIC! You could also add a teaspoon of lime zest, but, I usually don’t.

Steps: (for the best Recipe for Key Lime Pie!)

Some of the ingredients for the best key lime ie recipe!  They include graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar.
Here I am packing down the crust mixture with a drinking glass bottom.
Here is the crust before covering it with Saran wrap and putting it into the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Pie Crust: (for the Best Recipe for Key Lime Pie!)

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease a 9-inch glass pie plate.
  • In a 9-inch glass pie plate, combine the melted butter, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. Mix well.
  • Press this mixture firmly into the pie plate, using the bottom of a drinking glass.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Filling: (for the Best Recipe for Key Lime Pie!)

Here's 1/2 of a cup of freshly squeezed regular lime juice.
Here's the sweetened condensed milk.
Here are the egg yolks getting ready to be whisked into the sweetened condensed milk and lime juice to make the filling.
  • Combine the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and egg yolks in a large bowl by whisking these ingredients all together. Mix well.
  • Pour into unbaked, chilled graham cracker crust.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is set, about 15 minutes cook time.
  • Allow the pie to cool completely on a baking rack until completely cool before slicing. (Pro-tip: You can make the pie up to this point the day before your celebration if you so choose!)
  • Put the mixing blades and mixing bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes at least. (Pro-tip: This allows the whipping cream to whip more easily).
  • Right before serving, take the mixing blades and mixing bowl out of the freezer and whip the whipping cream first on low for a minute, and then on high for several minutes until it’s the consistency of whipping cream. (Pro-tip: By mixing it on low first, you avoid spraying yourself and your kitchen with whipped cream!).
  • Put this homemade whipped cream in a Ziploc bag and cut off the bottom corner of the bag so you have a homemade pastry bag. (You could also use canned whipped cream topping instead).
  • Pipe whip cream all along the edge of the pie.
  • Slice up the extra lime to use as garnish.
  • Cut the pie and place it on serving plates.
  • Garnish each piece with a lime slice that you twist (see the attached video!)
  • Enjoy!!!
  • Time to make: (3 hours and 50 minutes total time but most of that is time for cooling and for chilling the pie!)
    • 15 minutes to prep the crust and preheat the oven
      • 15 minutes to chill (make the filling during this time)
        • 15 minutes to bake the filling (so 15 minutes cook time)
        • 60 minutes to cool on a rack
        • 2 hours to chill (make the whipped cream at the end of this time
        • 5 minutes to pipe on the whipped cream
The oven is set at 375 degrees.
Here's the completely baked pie before removing it from the oven.
Here's the completely cooled pie and the whipping cream as I being to whip it.
Here's the completed key lime pie all garnished with whipped cream.
Lastly, here's a piece of the best key lime pie recipe! garnished with whipped cream and a lime slice. Yum!

I hope you enjoy this Best Recipe for Key Lime Pie! Key lime pies are always so refreshing, light-tasting, and delicious. It was a hit at two different dinner parties I recently attended with Mr. G.Q., so I think you should give it a try. Please let me know in the comments if you do, or DM me @drjuliemarshall. Let me know if this is your first time making a key lime pie as well. Thanks for reading!


Dr. Julie

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