Key Lime Pie

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Indulge in a slice of sunshine with our mouthwatering Key Lime Pie recipe. Bursting with tangy and zesty flavors, this iconic dessert captures the essence of tropical paradise in every bite. Whether you’re hosting a summer soirée, craving a taste of the tropics, or simply looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, our Key Lime Pie is a delightful treat that’s as vibrant as it is irresistible.

Key Lime Pie is a quintessential dessert originating from the Florida Keys, specifically Key West. Its origins can be traced back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when sweetened condensed milk was introduced to the area. The pie gained popularity as a way to highlight the tangy flavor of Key limes, which are smaller and more acidic than regular limes.

This delightful pie encapsulates the tropical flavors and laid-back atmosphere of the Florida Keys. Its simplicity, with a graham cracker crust, zesty lime filling, and a dollop of whipped cream, makes it a cherished dessert enjoyed across the United States.

  • Florida Keys Heritage: Key Lime Pie is deeply rooted in the culinary history of the Florida Keys, reflecting the region’s love for limes and sweet treats.
  • Simple Elegance: The pie’s straightforward preparation and minimalistic ingredients showcase its origins in a relaxed, sun-soaked environment.
  • Citrus Brightness: The tartness of Key limes and the pie’s vibrant lime-green color evoke the essence of the tropical locale where it originated.

Key Lime Pie

Our Key Lime Pie is a symphony of flavors and textures that brings together the lusciousness of condensed milk and the zing of freshly squeezed key lime juice. Nestled in a buttery graham cracker crust, this pie strikes a perfect balance between creamy and tart. With its signature citrusy punch, it's no wonder that Key Lime Pie has become a beloved classic that never goes out of style.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 15 mins Rest Time 4 hrs Total Time 4 hrs 35 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 8 Calories: 500.56 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Ingredients

For the crust:

For the filling:

For the topping:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.

  3. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom and sides of a pie dish to form the crust.

  4. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until it's golden and fragrant. Allow it to cool while you prepare the filling.

  5. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, key lime zest, and egg yolks until well combined and smooth.

  6. Pour the filling into the cooled graham cracker crust, spreading it evenly.

  7. Bake the pie in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the filling is just set. It should jiggle slightly in the center.

  8. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.

  9. Once cooled, refrigerate the Key Lime Pie for at least 4 hours, or until it's fully chilled and set.

  10. Before serving, garnish the pie with a generous dollop of whipped cream and key lime slices or zest.

  11. Slice and enjoy your tangy and irresistible Key Lime Pie!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 500.56kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22.74g35%
Saturated Fat 13.21g67%
Cholesterol 156.96mg53%
Sodium 174.99mg8%
Potassium 404.4mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 66.72g23%
Dietary Fiber 0.33g2%
Sugars 62.03g
Protein 9.83g20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.

Note

Tips and Variations:
  • For an extra burst of flavor, add a splash of coconut milk to the filling.
  • Experiment with different crusts, such as a chocolate cookie crust or a nut-based crust.
  • Garnish with toasted coconut flakes or chopped macadamia nuts for added texture.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve slices of Key Lime Pie with a side of fresh berries or a drizzle of raspberry sauce for an elegant and colorful dessert presentation.
Allergen Information:

Key Lime Pie is generally free from common allergens, but it's important to consider certain aspects:

  • Gluten-Free Crust: To accommodate those with gluten sensitivity, use a gluten-free graham cracker crust or a different gluten-free crust option.

  • Dairy-Free and Vegan Variations: You can create dairy-free or vegan versions by substituting coconut milk and non-dairy whipped topping.

Wine or Drink Pairing:

Pairing beverages with Key Lime Pie can enhance the overall dining experience:

  • Moscato: The sweetness of Moscato complements the tartness of the pie, creating a harmonious balance.

  • Iced Tea: A chilled glass of sweet iced tea offers a refreshing contrast to the pie's acidity.

  • Key Lime Martini: For an adult twist, a Key Lime Martini with vanilla vodka and lime juice can echo the pie's flavors.

Storage and Leftovers:

Properly storing and enjoying Key Lime Pie can ensure it retains its flavors and texture:

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftover Key Lime Pie in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or foil to prevent it from absorbing other odors.

  • Freezing: If needed, Key Lime Pie can be frozen. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.

  • Consume Promptly: For the freshest taste, consume leftover pie within 2-3 days, although it can be safely kept longer when frozen.

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