Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie is an iconic American dessert, known for its unique combination of a buttery graham cracker crust, a smooth, tangy lime filling, and a sweet, fluffy topping. Originating from the Florida Keys, this pie uses the distinctively aromatic and tart key limes, smaller and seedier than regular limes, as its star ingredient.

The crust of a Key Lime Pie is typically made from crushed graham crackers mixed with melted butter and a touch of sugar, pressed firmly into a pie dish to create a firm base that offers a delightful contrast in texture to the creamy filling. Some variations might include a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg to add depth to the flavor profile.

The filling, the heart of the pie, is a simple yet irresistible blend of key lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk. The key lime juice provides a vibrant citrus flavor that’s both tart and fragrant, while the condensed milk adds a rich sweetness and creamy texture. The egg yolks help in thickening the filling and give it a smooth, custard-like consistency. When baked, the filling sets to a silky, yet firm texture, melting in the mouth with every bite.

Topping off the pie is usually a layer of whipped cream or a meringue. Whipped cream offers a light, airy contrast, often sweetened and sometimes flavored with vanilla or lime zest. Meringue, on the other hand, provides a traditional touch, with its glossy, fluffy peaks lightly browned in the oven, offering a sweet and slightly toasted flavor.

Key Lime Pie is often served chilled, making it a refreshing end to any meal, especially in warmer climates. Its vibrant lime flavor, combined with the sweet, creamy filling and the crunchy, buttery crust, creates a harmonious balance of flavors and textures that’s both indulgent and refreshing.

The pie’s simplicity, requiring just a few key ingredients, belies the skill needed to balance the tartness of the limes with the sweetness of the condensed milk and the richness of the crust. A well-made Key Lime Pie is a testament to the art of dessert-making, where simplicity and quality ingredients lead to a dessert that’s both unpretentious and sublime. The pie’s bright greenish-yellow hue, often garnished with lime slices or zest, makes it as visually appealing as it is delicious, embodying the sunny, tropical essence of the Florida Keys.


  • 3 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cup key lime juice
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust

How To Make Key Lime Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine condensed milk, key lime juice, sour cream, and lime zest in a bowl; mix well. Pour into graham cracker crust; place pie on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of the pie. The filling will be wobbly but not browned.
  4. Transfer pie to a wire rack to cool, then thoroughly chill pie in the refrigerator before serving, about 1 hour. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream, if desired.

Enjoy !

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