Sunday, October 4, 2009

Key Lime Pie

pour filling into pre baked crust

Key lime pie is the official dessert of South Florida. My hubby who is from there loves when I make this dessert for him. I got this recipe from my lovely mother in law Barbara. I have tweaked it a bit but the basics remain the same. You will need the following:

For the crust

1 300g packet of ginger snaps /you can also use graham crackers/digestive biscuits
1/3 cup of melted butter
1/3 cup of granulated sugar

Melt butter in microwave for 1 minute or less
In a food processor place 3/4 packet of ginger snaps and grind until there are no large bits.
Add sugar and melted butter.
Mix in food processor thoroughly.

Using an ungreased glass pie dish, press mixture evenly to the bottom and sides. Use a small glass to assist you especially along the sides. Bake for 10 mins in a heated oven at 350degrees F. Remove from oven when slightly browned and cool.


1/2 cup of fresh lime juice from ripened limes
3 eggs yolks
zest of lime a pinch (grated lime )
1 can of condensed milk (397g) or 14oz can
3 egg whites
1/2 cup of granulated sugar

Separate eggs and place yolks in a bowl. With a hand mixer beat yolks until frothy and slowly add lime juice. Beat thoroughly and slowly add condensed milk . The mixture will thicken, add the lime zest and beat for a few more minutes. The mixture will become like a thick cream. Pour mixture into pie crust. Beat the 3 egg whites until frothy and slowly add the granulated sugar beating continuously until soft peaks form. With a large spatula spread onto the pie starting from the centre and going towards the sides. Place in a heated over (350F) for 15 minutes until the top has some colour. Remove and cool. When cooled place in refrigerator for several hours until chilled. Cut and serve in slices. Bon apetit!


  1. OOOH, looks wonderful! I'd take a piece if I could. I have to make my crust from gluten free cookies, but I gotta tell you, yours looks so good!

  2. Oh my God!! This looks delicious. I'm going to try this as soon as I can and get right back to tell you how it went. I hope you'll be available for more help/advice just in case I goof up :)
    Thanks a tonne, Helen.

  3. The layers definitely made this pie interesting. I like what the recipe do for the top part... like meringue. This recipe sounds good. I would love to try one day :-) TQ for sharing.

  4. Oooh, the pie looks so delicious. I can smell it here. I love the smell of heated butter and milk.

  5. Cottage Sweet..... try it is sooo good.

    Urban Green.....Sure I will be on hand to help. My hubby has had 2 slices already.

    Stephanie......It is a great dessert for those who like tart and sweet.

    Autumn Belle..... you should smell it when it is in the oven, the whole house has that beautiful aroma. Because of the calories I only take a thin slice. Yeah right.

  6. Mmmm....Looks so good. Must be tasting good too. Thanks for the recipe. You must be a good cook!

  7. Helen, a good, sort-of-healthy, topping for the pie can be easily made from greek yogurt sweetened with coconut syrup (like coco lopez). combine to taste...i use about 1C lowfat yogurt and 4tbsp coco lopez


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