Key Lime Pie
on Feb 24, 2017, Updated Jun 24, 2023
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Bright, fresh and citrusy, this key lime pie has a graham cracker crust and a meringue topping that’s toasted with a kitchen torch or under the broiler.
There are certain foods that I associate with specific people. Any chocolate dessert (the chocolaty the better),
I immediately think of my brother. For my dad, it is two things. When I was a kid, he loved drinking LaCroix, which is now very popular in the world of carbonated beverages.
Because of that, I say he was 20 years ahead of the trend, and when it comes to dessert, it’s key lime pie.
My dad made the trip from Chicago to Florida to spend a long weekend with us, so I figured it was the perfect reason to make a key lime pie for our special guest, who was also celebrating his birthday.
From the graham cracker crust to the citrusy filling, it was a simple, foolproof pie.
I did get a little fancy by toasting the meringue topping with my trusty kitchen torch.
Key Lime Pie
- 12 graham cracker sheets
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 3 large eggs separated
- 1-14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup Key lime juice
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Use a food processor to pulse the graham crackers into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand.
- Press the graham cracker mixture into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Allow the crust to cool a little.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice. Pour into the crust and bake for 15 minutes until the center of the filling is still a bit wobbly. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they are foamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spread over the cooled pie.
- To toast the topping, use a kitchen torch or place it under the broiler for a minute or less.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.