Traditional Key Lime Pie

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

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  1. Gina H.
    This pie is amazing! I made it as directed and my husband said it was as good if not better than the one he had in Marathon keys.
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  2. ProMom
    Fabulous! Really hit the spot! The meringue IS perfect.
  3. Amyeh90
    Excellent, thank you! I made this without the meringue and it was excellent.
  4. hunnybees
    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!
  5. um-um-good
    My family thanks you for this recipe. My dad came back to Ontario from visiting Florida with a bag of keylimes and couldn't wait for a key lime pie. I made this for him tonight and he really, really enjoyed it! It was very easy to make. I used a graham/oat crust #32495 to give it some extra sweetness. The crust was good. I think i'll stick to the traditional crust next time I get an imported bag of key limes. Thanks again!



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