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    Traditional Key Lime Pie

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    45 mins

    30 mins

    15 mins

    The Big Cheese's Note:

    I have been making this pie for many years. Every time that I serve it, people say "this is what a key lime pie is supposed to taste like". And they are right. I have tried those pie recipes using cream cheese or cool whip, but they are not authentic key lime pies. If you want the "real deal", this is it.

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    1. 1
      Beat egg yolks.
    2. 2
      Stir in sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice and rind.
    3. 3
      In a small bowl, stiffly beat 1 egg white.
    4. 4
      Fold into pie mixture.
    5. 5
      Turn into baked pie shell.
    6. 6
      Beat the three reserved egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy.
    7. 7
      Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff but not dry.
    8. 8
      Spread meringue on top of pie, sealing carefully to the edge of the pie shell.
    9. 9
      Bake 15 minutes at 350° or until meringue is golden brown.
    10. 10
      Cool in refrigerator at least 6 hours.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 27, 2009


      Fabulous! Really hit the spot! The meringue IS perfect.

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    • on January 24, 2009


      Excellent, thank you! I made this without the meringue and it was excellent.

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    • on November 19, 2007


      This is like the pie I used to make years and years ago! I lost the recipe and have been trying those other versions which are good, but THIS is the one. I've made a couple in the last few days and will be making a third for Thanksgiving - picked up another bag of key limes today just for this! Once you have this pie, the others are missing "something". Lovely intensity if you enjoy the Key Lime. I also now use eggs from my very free chickens which are so rich, the custard is even better. Every bite's a treat. Thank you so much, Big Cheese!

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Key Lime Pie

    Serving Size: 1 (126 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 308.7
    Calories from Fat 99
    Total Fat 11.0 g
    Saturated Fat 4.9 g
    Cholesterol 109.8 mg
    Sodium 170.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 45.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 36.2 g
    Protein 8.1 g

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