Key Lime Pie – Family Favorite Recipe

Rewind to about seven years ago when The Hubs and I were dating and the topic of key lime pie came up.
Me: I’m craving key lime pie. Think I will make one this weekend.
Him (face wrinkling in disgust): I’m not a fan.
Me (brain not really processing the foolishness of this statement): What?!
Him: I just don’t care for it.
Fast forward to his latest birthday (and the last few).
Me: What kind of dessert would you like for your birthday?
Him (face brightening): Hmm…either your strawberry cake or your key lime pie?
He’s come around, folks.
Key Lime Pie - Family Favorite - The Gifted Gabber
Because…well, what’s not to love?
We had a low-key birthday for The Hubs this year. Little One was sick with an ear infection, which really dimmed the already low-key plans I had brewing for his birthday. So we had a nice meal at home with his two requests: chicken spaghetti (my weapon of seduction back when we were dating) and the key lime pie.
Years ago, I tinkered with a lot of key lime pie recipes. Some were good. Some were awful. Then, I tried this recipe on Allrecipes.com. The angels sang.

Our Family Favorite Key Lime Pie

key lime pie
key lime pie

I start out by making a homemade graham cracker crust. Sometimes, I go plain Jane. Other times, I make a coconut graham cracker crust. Almost always, I double the ingredients for two pies.

I mix the crumbs and sugar in a medium sized bowl before pouring in the melted butter. Once the concoction is thoroughly blended, I pat the crumbs down, as evenly as possible, into a pie plate. The pie plate goes into a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes. Then, I set it on the stove top to cool and set while I make the filling.

key lime pie

key lime pie

I mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until all the lumps are gone.

key lime pie

 

key lime pie

My little helper wanted to help me with Da-da’s birthday “cupcake.” We had a power struggle over the spoon so my pies turned up a bit more lumpy than usual. Oh, but isn’t she a cute sous chef?

key lime pie

Once the filling is ready, I pour it into the pie shell and place in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until tiny pinhole bubbles start to rise.

Once out of the oven, I let them cool a good while on the counter before placing them in the fridge to chill. This is nothing to rush. You will be sorry if you rush it and the pie is not firm and chilled when you go to eat. I usually try to give the pie at least three hours in the fridge to chill, if not longer.

Someone was pretty proud of the “cupcakes” we made for Da-da.

key lime pie

As it gets close to serving time, I start on the whipped cream.

I beat the cream until peaks are nearly formed. Then,  I add in the sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form. I try to keep a close eye on the peaks, because if I over beat the mixture, it winds up lumpy.

Add a dollop of whipped cream to the individual pie slices when serving for best results.

key lime pie

key lime pie

key lime pie
Family Favorite Key Lime Pie

Ingredients

  • For Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups crumbs
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 6 tbsp melted butter (unsalted)
  • For Filling:
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cups key lime juice (can use 20-30 small fresh key limes if you can't find the key lime juice)
  • 1 tbsp grated lime zest
  • For Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix the crumbs and sugar in a medium sized bowl before pouring in the melted butter.
  2. Once the concoction is thoroughly blended, pat the crumbs down, as evenly as possible, into a pie plate.
  3. Put the pie plate into a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes.
  4. Then, set it on the stove top or counter to cool and set while making the filling.
  5. Mix all pie filling ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until all the lumps are gone.
  6. Once the filling is ready, pour it into the pie shell and place in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until tiny pinhole bubbles start to rise.
  7. Once out of the oven, let the pie cool a good while on the counter before placing it in the fridge to chill for at least three hours. (It is best to let it chill as long as possible.)
  8. If making your own whipped cream, beat the cream in a clean metal or glass mixing bowl until peaks are nearly formed.
  9. Then, add in the sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form. (Keep a close eye on the peaks and do not over beat so mixture does not turn lumpy.)
  10. Add a dollop of whipped cream to the individual pie slices when serving for best results.
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Perfectly tangy and creamy! Do you have a go-to key lime recipe?

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23 comments

  1. Amanda says:

    I’m not a big lime fan, and have actually never had key lime pie ? This recipe looks great though and you have an adorable assistant!

  2. The Gifted Gabber says:

    Jamie, that's a bummer! Several family members have issues with dairy, and I don't think they have even considered the ingredients in this pie. I hadn't either until I saw your comment. Thanks for coming by!

  3. Kimberly Lewis says:

    Hello Gorgeous! This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, so we can party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Lisa (mummascribbles) says:

    Ahhh how adorable is your little helper! Love that he's come around to loving your pie! I'll have to try this one out – I've never made one before! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  5. Jennifer Tammy says:

    How seriously adorable is your little chef?!
    That picture of your pie is absolutely gorgeous, too.
    Where did you get the lime juice – I shop occassionally in the States and would love to try it.

  6. Jeff Page says:

    This looks delicious. I've really struggled with a Key Lime pie that turns out the way restaurant pies do. Of course, you do have that secret ingredient…your helper.

    I've got this in my menu plan for this weekend. Wish me luck 🙂

    Glad I found you through the #TwinklyTuesday linky.

    Hectic-Dad

  7. Connie says:

    At the North Beach Grill, Tybee Island, Ga. I ate the most delicious key lime pie ever! It had white chocolate in the recipe. I have searched several times since then but found nothing similar and they would not share the recipe when I asked. So the search continues.

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