Key Lime Pie

Key Lime pie is a family tradition in my house, a pie that was frequent at holiday dinners. The trick to an amazing key lime pie is using real key limes, which are hard to find. If you do happen to see cute tiny limes labeled key limes check them, I found some and was so excited I bought the bag even though I wasn't planning on making pie. I got home and realized they were from Mexico! They tasted seriously delicious. But not like Key limes.

Mostly I used bottled Nellie & Joes Key lime juice. Unlike with lemon juice the flavor isn't ruined with the bottling process and it's easy to find at most any grocery stores. Regular limes, the large ones that area readily accessible, will make a delicious pie, but not a key lime pie. Can you tell it's a pet peeve?

That aside, it really couldn't be easier. Just whisk together the three ingredients and pour in a pie shell. And it's good in any type crust. A box of pastry from the dairy section, a graham cracker crust, or my favorite, and crust studded with almonds. One trick I learned was that the filling shouldn't be mixed until the pie crust is already out of the oven. The texture once baked was fine, nothing was ruined, but it created the little air bubbles you see in the picture

Pie Filling
1/2 - 3/4 c. Key Lime Juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 pie crust, cooked (Graham cracker, pastry crust, or almond crust)

Whisk together the condensed milk and 1/2 cup of key lime juice. Taste and add more key lime juice as desired. Whisk in the two eggs and immediately pour in to a pie shell. Bake at 350 for about 20 minute. Test to make sure it's cooked all the way but still jiggly. There should still be some movement but not liquidy.  

Allow to cool completely and refrigerate at least an hour before cutting. 

Almond Pastry Shell
1 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. Salt
½ c. slivered almonds, coarsely chopped
1/3 c. vegetable oil
3 to 4 Tbsp. Water

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Press into a 9-inch pie plate.

Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


  1. Your key lime pie looks so amazing! Nothing better than the tartness of fresh key limes. YUM

  2. We love key lime pie for dessert. We will try this recipe this Saturday night. I like your recipe looks so delicious.

  3. love your recipe. And you have made it looking so lovely, that it makes me wanna try and make it right now.

  4. Such a pretty dessert! I've never tried key lime pie before, not even key limes I think. But I think I should asap, because it looks amazing!

  5. can there be anything better than key lime pie!! Looks too good. Wouldn't mind a slice of it right now :D

  6. Key lime pie always reminds me of childhood vacations to Florida. I need to make this. Love the crust addition of the almonds.

  7. This looks delicious! I've never had key lime pie but I definitely want to try it soon!

  8. This sounds delicious! I love key lime pie :-)

  9. Oh my - love that thick and creamy key lime filling! Such a scrumptious pie!

  10. Key Lime Pie has my heart! Love, love this!!

  11. What a beautful looking tart, I've never known what key limes are, any chance you could shed some light?

    1. They are just a specific variety of lime. Smaller and much tarter than a regular lime with a distinct taste that only comes from limes grown in the Florida Keys. I highly recommend them. So delicious.

  12. I just LOVE key lime pie - it's so refreshing and delicious! Yours looks absolutely amazing! Can't wait to try this recipe ♥

  13. This is an absolutely gorgeous pic! Everything is spot on! Your eye is drawn around the image, just as you intended, I believe! Keep up the good work! (The pie looks amazing, as well! ) :)


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