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key lime pie & giveaway

I almost called this the perfect Key Lime Pie, but I didn’t because I didn’t use a homemade crust. If I had used a homemade crust, I would have called it “The World’s Best Most Perfect Key Lime Pie”.

Hey, would you like some Key Lime juice? Great! GIVEAWAY TIME!

To enter, just answer this question at the end of this post:

What’s your favorite pie?

Winner will be chosen at random May 1st, US residents only, please.

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Living in south Florida, you can find key limes in produce markets fairly often, and ( lucky me) I have a tree in my back yard.  Not that it has given me any limes lately… I need to have a talk with it, or the bees, I suppose.  If you don’t happen to come across key limes on a daily basis, they do sell the bottled juice at the store. Just make sure the back of the bottle states that it’s key lime juice, not lime juice.

I make a Key Lime pie about 3 times a year.. starting around Easter, and going all through summer.  Mainly, because you don’t have to put in the oven. Although most recipes tell you to- for safety reasons. Everybody is scared of getting sued these days….

I don’t usually bake mine, and I’m still here.

Now…Key Lime pies can be too tart and they can be too sweet. Believe me, I have made and had my share. I have experimented with fresh juice, bottled juice, half and half..you name it.  I think I finally got the perfect mixture: not too tart, sweet enough and very limey.

 

Yum.

Isn’t it pur-dee?

You start with a can of sweetened condensed milk and 4 egg yolks.

(I saved my whites for macarons later this week… remember I have that ganache laying around?! Oh yeeeesss!)

Woah. Those yolks are bright. I don’t think they were that bright in real life.

Once you whisk in the lime juice, move quickly: this stuff thickens fast.

Yes, I used a store bought crust. They’re good. They’re easy. I’m supporting my economy. I was lazy, too.

I made it fancy, though. Now it really looks store bought.

Isn’t it funny how when we make homemade things, we want them to look nice, but not “store bought”?  We want people to know that it’s homemade by looking at it… hmmm. Just a thought.

Yes, those are Persian limes to garnish with,  they  have a nicer color. :)

: The Village Cook’s Key Lime Pie
  1. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  2. 4 egg yolks
  3. 3 1/2 oz key lime juice, fresh or bottled
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract (clear)
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 9″ graham cracker pie crust
  1. In a bowl, combine the egg yolks and milk, salt and vanilla.
  2. Add the lime juice and pour into crust.
  3. Bake 20 minutes at 350.*

* traditional Key lime pie is not bakes, as the acid in the lime juice “cooks” the yolks. However, feel free to bake for 20 minutes for safety reasons. Allow to cool, then place/store in the fridge several hours before serving.

Top with whipped cream, shredded toasted coconut, chopped nuts.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: dessert

 

35 thoughts on “key lime pie & giveaway”

  1. That looks delicious! My favorite pie is apple..only when it is made by my Mom! Key Lime is my favorite “vacation” pie when I like to order it out at every restaurant to taste-test!

  2. The last time I made key lime pie it was a bit too tart. I think it is time to try again. Oh… and if people are afraid of “raw” eggs, there are now pasteurized eggs out there. I know they can be found at Publix.

  3. My favorite pie is either apple or lemon. I’ve never had a key lime pie and I’d sure like to try this one. Looks yummy and so easy.

  4. My favorite pie is Coconut Cream–have always wanted to try a Key Lime pie made with KEY LIME juice tho–(hint-hint)

  5. My favorite pie is key lime pie with a meringue topping. Have you ever tried one with a meringue topping? Not traditional – but so good…I think it helps cut some of the tartness of the key limes withput making it overly sweet.

  6. My absolute favorite pie is Pumpkin Pie,it always reminds me of Fall, with the leaves falling and the holidays approaching! I adore Key Lime Pie! I live in Miami and I had never tried one until last year! Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. I think apple pie is my favorite, but I’ve never been known to turn my nose up if someone handed me a pie of a different variety!

  8. My favorite would be Key Lime Pie. Te recipe I use is almost identical to yours only I haven’t tried the vanilla before…I may just have to now :-)

  9. My favorite pie is the chocolate pie i grew up with. Chocolate pudding in a graham cracker crust with cool whip.
    My second choice is sweet potato pie!

    Love your blog!

  10. I have to say my favorite pie is a pecan pie. It reminds me of helping my grandmother cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  11. I haven’t had key lime pie in so long! I’m going to try making it with regular lime juice this week. I’ve got a hankering!

    My favorite pie of all time is strawberry rhubarb. It was one of my father’s favorites so we had it often when I was a kid.

  12. My fav by far is coconut cream with pumpkin as a close second, oh but dont forget the whipped cream =)

  13. I LOVE Key Lime Pie as I am a Florida native. My other favorite is chocolate peanut butter pie. MMMMM….
    i just stumbled upon your site looking for new and delicious recipes and your site is amazing and I can’t wait to make a lot of things. Those cookie dough truffles look amazing…
    Thanks again!

  14. Key lime is my favorite of course! I miss it from when I lived in Florida. Here in Oklahoma its just not the same…and they put green food coloring in it. Yuck.

  15. My favorite is chocolate pudding pie. My Mom makes the best. . .not too sweet. I fell in love with Key Lime living in FL.

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