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Classic key lime pie

Classic key lime pie
23 February 2015 Niels Eric

Classic Key lime pie recipe | | #key #lime #pie #recipe



I had never heard of Key Lime Pie before, until I watched Dexter’s ‘Easy as a pie” episode a few year’s ago. In this episode the ‘key lime pie’ plays a role throughout the episode, where Dexter eventually agrees to euthanize a friend by using a poisoned piece of the best key lime pie. Not all that happy but, since then the idea to make a key lime pie myself got into my head.. Although it’s a few years later now, I finally made one, and it was gone before I knew it. I must have ate 4/5 of that entire pie in just three days. Whoops! After February 15, new year’s resolutions are done for anyway, right?

Winter is now slowly, slowly making place for spring (hope so), but the mind is already thinking of summer. These last few winter months pass so slowly that it makes you crave for warm sun rays on your face. Back here in Holland it’s about 40°F at the moment and it looks like it isn’t going to get any warmer soon, although we had the first sunny days this week, that felt nice but it only makes me long for summer even more.

All these summerthoughts made me think of making this refreshing Key Lime Pie, Florida’s official pastry. I found that in Florida, it’s about 80°F right now, just not fair right? (Unless you’re living there ;) ).

Making the pie crust

The crust for this pie is so freaking delicious, I wanted to use Oats Cookies (see the pictures) for the crust and that turned out delicious and it’s easier than easy. To make the crust you just have to whiz the cookies in a food processor, add a little melted butter. Mix it, put it in the pie dish and bake for 10 minutes in the oven. Can it be any easier than this?


key lime pie crust ingredients | | #hobnobs #oats #crust


Hobnobs pie crust | | #hobnob #oat #cookie #crust

Filling The Key Lime Pie

The filling is nearly as easy as the crust. You take a little lime zest, a lot of lime juice and a can of sweet condensed milk. Mix that together with three large egg yolks and you’re done. Bake it for another 10 minutes and let it cool down completely before you add sweetened whipped cream and sprinkle a little more lime zest on top. Now comes the hard part, not eating it all by yourself in such little time you feel bad about it ;) See the full recipe below.



Fresh Lime juice \ | #squeeze #lime #juice #pie


Filling the Key Lime Pie with the tastiest pie crust made from cookies! | | #crust #lime #pie


Key lime pie recipe


Classic key lime pie
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Classic key lime pie with a awesome cookie pie crust
Recipe type: Pie
Cuisine: Florida
Serves: 8
Cookie Pie Crust
  • ⅔ pound (300gr) Oat cookies (HobNobs)
  • ⅓ pound (150gr) Melted butter
Pie filling
  • 1½ tbsp fresh lime zest
  • ⅔ cup (155mL) freshly squeezed lime juice from about 10 Key limes or 4 regular limes
  • 1 tin (+- 14oz or 397gr) of sweet condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
Finishing it
  • ¾ cup (175mL) Whipping Cream
  • 1 tbsp Lime zest
The awesome cookie Pie Crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Whizz the cookies to crumbs using a food processor or find any other way to crush them!
  3. Mix the crumbled cookies together with the melted butter and press in a +/- 10 inch (26cm) diameter pie dish.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes and set aside to cool completely
The key lime filling
  1. Take the fresh lime zest and three egg yolks and put them in a medium bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until the mixture is thick. (about 5 minutes)
  2. Add the sweet condensed milk and mix it again for a few minutes until thick again.
  3. Add in the fresh lime juice and gently whisk it through untill everything is well mixed.
  4. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for another 10 minutes in the oven.
  5. If you want to add whipped cream to your key lime pie, make sure the pie has completely cooled down!
Add whipped cream and sprinkle some lime zest on top to finish your key lime pie off!


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Comments (8)

  1. Grace 6 years ago

    Beautiful photo! Lime pie is the best, I wish we had slightly warmer weather right now to really enjoy this!

    • Author
      Niels Eric 6 years ago

      Thanks Grace, I agree although I did really enjoy the pie :p

  2. Juliana Chow 5 years ago

    Awesome post Niels!! I LOVE this recipe. Is it possible that I could use your photo and link your recipe for my upcoming blog post? It’s a list of simple recipes that you can make for a first date :)

  3. Stephanie 5 years ago

    Hi! I’m wanting to add a meringue topping for this recipe. I’m wondering if I add the meringue to the top then cook it or cook it than add the meringue topping and cook it agine? Also I does the size of the pan make a difference.

    • Author
      Niels Eric 5 years ago

      Hi Stephanie, sorry for my late response :S! I think your suggestion should work, but wouldn’t it be better to make the meringue topping separately? The baking pan size shouldn’t make a to big difference, if you use a pan that’s a lot smaller you’re cooking time might increase and if you use a larger pan the cooking time will be reduced (since the pie will be flatter).

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