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Key lime pie decorated with slices of orange and lime.
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5 from 7 votes

Key Lime Pie

Baked key lime pie with graham cracker crust and orange flavored whipped cream.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: key lime, pie
Servings: 8
Calories: 594kcal
Author: Ilona

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers crushed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 6 limes
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 5 meringue cookies optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • In a medium bowl combine crushed graham crackers with butter. Press on the bottom of the 9" or 10" pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • Scrape the zest from 2 limes. Set aside.
  • Squeeze all the juice from 6 limes. You need minimum of 3/4 cup of lime juice but no more than 1 cup.
  • In a medium bowl whisk egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice. Whisk it to combine. Pour into the pan over the graham crackers.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool off completely for about 3 hours.
  • Scrape the zest from 1/2 of the orange. Slice this orange and cut into small triangles. Leave triangles for decorations of the pie.
  • In a large bowl add whipping cream, powdered sugar and orange zest.
  • Beat the whipping cream until soft peak. Spread nicely on the key lime pie. Decorate with orange triangles and zest from limes.
  • Store in refrigeration for few hours before cutting.

Notes

  • For this pie you will need about 6 limes. Scrape the zest from 2 limes before squeezing, therefore you will have some zest for decoration.
  • Prepared lime juice from the store can be used instead of fresh limes.
  • What to do with egg whites? You can bake Triple Berry Pavlovas or Pear and Chocolate Meringue Nests. You will need 4 egg whites to make these desserts.
  • Make sure to cool off the cake completely before adding the whipped cream.
  • The pie is best on the next day, when all ingredients will get firm and it becomes easier to cut.

Nutrition

Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 1043IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 1mg