Key Lime Pie

1 pie

You don't need to travel to the southernmost point of Florida to enjoy a slice of this tart pie. Learn how to make your own key lime pie at home, complete with a graham cracker crust, with this master recipe.


  • 1 ½ cups graham-cracker crumbs

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed key-lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon grated Key lime zest, plus more for garnish

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream, chilled

  • 1 can (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 4 large egg yolks


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine graham-cracker crumbs, butter, and 3 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl; mix well. Press into a 9-inch pie plate, and bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.

  2. Lower oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, gently whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, Key lime juice, and zest. Pour into the prepared, cooled crust.

  3. Return pie to oven, and bake until the center is set but still quivers when the pan is nudged, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

  4. Shortly before serving, combine cream and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon over cooled pie; garnish with zest. Serve immediately.

    key lime pie
    LIsa Hubbard
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