Saturday, May 14, 2022

Key Lime Pie – Recipe Review

REAL Key Lime Pie. The way they make it in the Florida Keys from fresh Key Limes. The name comes from their association with the Florida Keys.

Image of Key Limes on a lime tree


Main Ingredients: Pie shell, Key lime juice, egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk 

Start with your crust....

You can use a shortcrust pie shell, but usually Key Lime Pie is made using a graham cracker crust.

Key Lime Pie
Photo by Ariana Suárez on Unsplash

Mix together 16 crushed graham crackers with 3 tablespoons of sugar and one-fourth (1/4th) lb. of margarine or butter.  Press the mixture into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake crust in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Let cool.

For the Pie Filling....

Take 4 large egg yolks and, using an electric mixer, beat egg yolks until thick.  To the eggs slowly add one 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk. Then, on low speed, slowly add one-half (½) cup of fresh Key lime juice (about 10-12 limes).

Pour the blended filling mix into the baked pie crust.  Bake again in a 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes.

Pie Topping....

Key Lime Pie dessert
Photo by Nathan Lemon on Unsplash

Never use meringue on a Key Lime Pie. If you desire a topping, use a dollop of 'real' whipped cream. Top the whipped cream with a cherry or a curl of Key Lime peel.

My First Key Lime Pie Story

We were living in south Florida on the Gulf Coast when we were first introduced to real Florida Key Lime Pie. I was working part-time for a landscape and lawn care service company. One day our crew was doing lawn care at a large estate when the owner asked if they would pick up a large bunch of limes that had fallen from her Key lime tree following a storm. They asked her what she wanted them to do with the limes and she told them to 'just take them'. So back to the office came the crew with a bunch of Key limes, and shared them around.

Naturally I had to use my share to make my very-first ever Key Lime Pie. I wasn't much of a cook at the time, but the recipe was easy to follow. Well, the pie turned out delicious, but somehow I expected the filling to be green ~ like the limes. I didn't realize that lime juice looks just like lemon juice, despite the dark green skin on the limes. Silly me. :) But, if you've ever had lime pie, you will notice a big difference in yummy taste when using real Key Limes! There really is no substitute! 

A ready to eat Key Lime Pie
Photo by Nathan Lemon on Unsplash

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*Key Lime Pie Recipe reviewed by Wednesday Elf.

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  1. I love key lime pie and they really are extremely easy to make! I was first introduced to Key Lime Pie when we were vacationing in Destin, Florida. The bakery where we purchased them must have put some food coloring in the pies because they did have a green tint. However, all of my homemade key lime pies are yellow just like lemon pies, just as you said.

    1. You are right, Mouse. The only way to have a Key Lime pie look green is to add food coloring... and your finer restaurants would call that a faux pas. I can see a Florida bakery doing it because northern tourists might expect it to believe it is really Key Lime pie. LOL.

  2. I, too, was introduced to key lime pie in the Florida Keys, during a family vacation in Key West. It was love at first bite! Thanks so much for sharing your easy and delicious recipe.

    1. Thank you for your visit, Margaret. I think it would be great fun to eat Key Lime Pie in its place of origin - Key West, Florida.

  3. Thank you! That's a lot easier than I thought to make. I want to try this. I love key lime pie but rarely get to eat it.

    1. It IS an easy recipe, Barbara. Hope you enjoy it when you make it for your family.

  4. One of our favorite desserts. In fact we are having it tonight. When we went to Spring Training for the month of March we would try Key Lime pie in all the restaurants to find our favorite. We ended up deciding that the one they made in the bakery at Publix markets was our favorite.

    1. Mary Beth, I agree that Publix bakery makes the best Key Lime Pie - I love Publix and shopped there throughout all my Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina residencies. Wish Publix was in the Midwest - they have the best bakery ever!

  5. I think I would love this pie! I love lemon meringue pie (it's my favorite), so I'm sure that the lime pie would be right up there next to that one. Thanks for this recipe! I will have to try it with sugar free condensed milk though, because I know I'll have more than one slice. Thanks Mary Beth!

    1. Hope you enjoy it, Olivia. It is a delicious pie.

  6. Oh!! my, this is one of my favorite pies Pat. I have never tried making my own Key Lime Pie. Thanks for the recipe. I will be giving this one a try.

    1. One of my favorites too, Sam. Do make your own Key Lime Pie. It really is an easy pie to bake.


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