Key Lime Pie

Summer is officially here, and even in Ketchikan the weather is warming up. The afternoons are bright with the peculiar late day sun that is characteristic of Alaska. The best part of the day is late afternoon, and it stays light far into the evening, elongating the period between getting home from work and dinner: almost like a second afternoon to enjoy and linger in.

One of our favorite summer treats is Key Lime Pie. Couldn’t be easier to make, and you can prep the day before you plan to serve, so it’s a great option for entertaining.

This is the recipe for a classic version of the traditional Southern favorite:

Key Lime Pie

For crust
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs from 9 (2 1/4-inch by 4 3/4-inch) crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For filling
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh or bottled Key lime juice

For topping
3/4 cup chilled heavy cream

Make crust: Preheat oven to 350°F.
Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl with a fork until combined well, then press mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch (4-cup) glass pie plate.
Bake crust in middle of oven 10 minutes and cool in pie plate on a rack. Leave oven on.

Make filling and bake pie: Whisk together condensed milk and yolks in a bowl until combined well. Add juice and whisk until combined well (mixture will thicken slightly).
Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes. Cool pie completely on rack (filling will set as it cools), then chill, covered, at least 8 hours.

Make topping: Just before serving, beat cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Serve pie topped with cream.


7 thoughts on “Key Lime Pie

  1. Mmmm … I’m not much of a sweet-eater but I do love me some Key Lime (or lemon meringue) Pie. There’s just something about the tartness + the sweetness that is so ooey gooey good.

    Thank you for the recipe! MJ


    • Hey, I love this pie! So creamy and smooth! Usually I’m a chocolate person, but this is one of the non-chocolate desserts that is really worth the calories!

      Hope you enjoy!



  2. I think you left out some of the more important ingredients:

    For the crust:
    a foundation of love…the unconditional kind
    mix with unlimited patience and forgiveness and bake until golden

    For the filling:
    1/4 cup of humility mixed with 2 tablespoons of kindness and a chunk of fun all in an open heart, then warm until happiness bubbles out

    endless smiles and and happy eyes

    Eat by gently serving to your friend for life and listening to the music of your souls


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