Key Lime Pie

Since I live in Florida, it only seemed right that Key Lime Pie enter my baking repertoire. It’s a wonderful dessert, very rich and very tropical. This recipe calls for the juice of actual key limes, which are tiny and persnickety. Juicing key limes is now officially my least favorite kitchen task. They’re about as big as golf balls, and each key lime yields about 10 drops of juice. I’m not exaggerating. Purists, look away now. Honestly, using common Persian limes — the big ones you find in the grocery store would be just fine. Or, if necessary, bottled key lime juice. My guess is that local or organic brands would be the preferred choice.

lime carcasses

I make this “pie” in a 9″ springform pan, but a typical pie dish, or a 9″ cake round lined in parchment would also work.

Key Lime Pie
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Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 1 1/2 cup finely crushed ginger snap crumbs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tsp melted butter
  • pinch salt
  • Pie Filling
  • 1 cup key lime juice -- requires about 1 lb of key limes
  • 2 cans (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • Topping
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbl confectioners sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ginger snap crumbs, granulated sugar, salt and melted butter. Press into the bottom -- and a little bit up the sides -- of a 9" spring form pan. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  • lime pie crust
  • Lower oven heat to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the condensed milk and 2 whole eggs. Add the lime juice -- which you may have to pass through a sieve to remove seeds and bits of lime flesh. Whisk vigorously to combine, and add the lime zest. Pour into the cooled crust. Bake for 15 minutes until just set.
  • lime pie baked
  • Allow to cool at room temp for about an hour. Mix together sour cream and confectioners sugar. Spread over the cooled pie. Chill in frig for at least two hours.
  • Difficulty: Easy

    Servings: 8

    Prep Time: 1 hour

    Cook Time: 35 minutes

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