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Key lime pie with whipped cream rosettes.

Key Lime Pie

Heather Smoke
This easy key lime pie is rich and creamy, tart and sweet, and full of fresh lime flavor. The salted graham cracker crust perfectly complements the creamy filling, and it's topped with fluffy clouds of whipped cream.

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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings8

Ingredients
 

Crust

  • 2 cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 14 crackers)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ tsp coarse Kosher salt (if using table salt, use half the amount)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

Filling

  • 28 oz (2 cans) sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 large egg yolks (save the whites for another use)
  • 1 cup key lime juice or lime juice (either fresh or bottled is fine)
  • zest of 1 lime

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 325 F.  In a bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers, brown sugar and salt.  Add the melted butter and toss with a fork until moistened.
  • Press the crumbs evenly against the bottom and all the way up the sides of a deep-dish pie pan or a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.  Bake for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool for 10 minutes before adding the filling.

Filling

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lime juice and lime zest until smooth.  Pour into the crust – it will be very full.
  • Bake on the center oven rack for about 20 minutes.  The filling will be mostly set, but should have a very slight jiggle when you gently move the pan.
  • Cool the pie at room temperature for two hours, then refrigerate (uncovered) until well chilled and fully set, about 4-6 hours, or overnight.

Whipped Cream

  • Before serving, beat the cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.  Add the powdered sugar and vanilla  and continue beating until thick peaks form that hold their shape.  Dollop, pipe or spread over the pie, or just serve the whipped cream on the side.
  • Keep the leftover pie refrigerated for up to three days.
Keyword Key Lime, Pie
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