Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key lime pie is a classic dessert that is often associated with the state of Florida, where key limes are grown. This sweet and tangy pie is made with a graham cracker crust, a creamy key lime filling, and topped with whipped cream. It's a perfect dessert to serve at any occasion, from backyard barbecues to formal dinner parties.

I first tried key lime pie on a trip to Florida, and it quickly became one of my favorite desserts. I love the combination of sweet and tart flavors, and the texture of the creamy filling and crunchy crust is unbeatable. Whenever I make this pie, it brings back memories of warm summer nights and sandy beaches.


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated key lime zest
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk until well combined.
  6. Add the key lime juice and zest, and whisk until smooth.
  7. Pour the filling into the pre-baked crust, and smooth the top with a spatula.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the filling is set but still slightly jiggly in the center.
  9. Let the pie cool completely on a wire rack, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  10. Before serving, whip the heavy cream and confectioner's sugar together until stiff peaks form.
  11. Spread the whipped cream on top of the chilled pie, and serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions

This key lime pie is best served chilled, and is perfect for any occasion. It's a great dessert to serve after a backyard barbecue or summer picnic, and also works well for more formal dinner parties. You can garnish it with additional lime zest or slices of lime for a decorative touch. Enjoy!

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