Key Lime Pie

March 31, 2013 — 1 Comment


After graduating college I lived in sunny Miami for a couple of years. Since I was only 3 hours north of Key West, I made it down to the island for quite a few weekend vacations. One thing I most looked forward to was enjoying a slice of key lime pie in Mallory Square. My favorite version of this famous pie is a lot of tart and a little sweet in a gingersnap crust. I love the combination of the key lime and ginger flavors. Homemade whipped cream balances out the tartness of the limes perfectly.

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Key Lime Pie

 Gingersnap Crust Ingredients

  • 35  gingersnap cookies (yields approx. 2 cups gingersnap crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pulse the gingersnap cookies and brown sugar in a food processor until they are well combined and the crumbs are uniform in size. Transfer to a medium bowl and add the melted butter. Stir to combine thoroughly until the mixture is evenly moist, crumbly and holds together when you squeeze a handful.
  3. Press the crust mixture evenly on the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch glass pie dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool the crust at least 10 minutes before filling.

Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 1 tbsp key lime zest


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, key lime juice and zest until well combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust.
  3. Bake for 15-17 minutes until the center is set.
  4. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.

Whipped Cream Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In your mixer bowl, whip the cream on medium/high with the whisk attachment until it is almost stiff.
  2. Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Whip until the cream holds peaks (about 2-3 minutes).



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