This Key Lime pie is sweet, creamy, smooth, and oh so delicious! Perfect blend of lime + sweet. The homemade graham cracker crust takes this pie to another level of yummy.
I have only ever tried key lime pie one time. I don't remember where or when, but I do remember it was so sour! The lime flavor was so strong & tart, it was just not good. That was several years ago, like I am pretty sure I was a teenager.
A couple weeks ago my husband went out to eat at this seafood restaurant for a work meeting/dinner. He came home and was raving about the key lime pie there and ever since then I have not been able to get it out of my head. I thought about my one bad experience and knew that it couldn't be that bad again, right?!? I insisted on trying to make one that was good! I made this for dessert after our Easter dinner. Something about citrus, lime, pretty pale green colors, reminds me of spring 🙂
- 1 1/2 cups ground graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream, regular or low-fat
- 3/4 cup key lime juice
- zest from 2 limes
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- zest from 1 lime, for garnish (if wanted)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar together. Press into a pie pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let cool slightly before chilling. Chill in fridge for 3 hours.
- Beat heavy cream and powdered sugar together, in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, until stiff peaks form.
- Spread or pipe the whipped cream onto the pie. Garnish with zest from 1 lime.
*To pipe on the whipped cream, I used a Wilton set that I got at Target. It is in the baking aisle and costs $7. I love it. It is easy to use, especially for beginners, like me.
* I have only ever made this with the key lime juice, so not sure if regular lime juice will be the same. I used the brand 'Nellie & Joes Famous Key Lime Juice', you can find it in the aisle with the bottled lemon & lime juices.
*You want the graham cracker crumbs to be ground really fine. Use a food processor, or put the crackers into a ziploc bag and beat it with something. This is what I do and it works perfect. 1 1/2 cups crumbs is roughly equal to 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers (not boxes, just the packages inside the box)
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