Two-Layer Key Lime Pie

"I have a good friend that loves Key Lime Pie. I saw this in the current issue of "Bon Appetit" and immediately baked one up for her. She was not dissapointed. She said this version was one of the best she's ever tasted! I agree."
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  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Using on/off turns, blend granola in a food processor until coarsely ground.
  • Transfer granola into a mixing bowl.
  • Add cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar.
  • Press the mixture into a 9-inch diameter deep dish glass pie plate.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • Turn the oven down to 300.
  • Meanwhile, whisk condensed milk, lime juice and egg yolks in a bowl to blend.
  • Pour into the pie crust.
  • Bake about 25 minutes, or until the mixture is set.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, condensed milk, lime juice, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour over the cooled baked layer.
  • With a butter knife, spread evenly and smooth out the top.
  • Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours.
  • Top with sweetened whipped cream or Cool Whip, if desired.

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  1. Have been on a key lime pie fix lately and have added this wonderful recipe to my "winner" group. Used a premade graham cracker crust (time/lack of ingredients). The 2 layers were indeed yummy and made this pie more complex than a regular key lime pie. I used Nellie's bottled key lime juice and that always works just as good as fresh squeezed, I think. And I'm a South Florida gal! This pie has a good slight tartness, but it certainly is not over-the-top tart at all. (1/2 cup of key lime juice is the norm, though some do call for 2/3 cup) I added a final layer of slightly sweetened whipped cream. Served for company and they enjoyed it, too. BTW I baked the first layer at 350 degrees for approx. 15 minutes which is plenty of baking time for a key lime pie. Used a deep dish typed of graham cracker crust. The size is slightly larger than the regular ones. I think it's called "2 extra servings" size. Works well with this pie because of the added 2nd layer and whipped cream topping. Super fast and easy to make, especially if using bottled key lime juice. Note: do not use regular bottled lime juice- not the same at all. Great recipe!!
  2. I made this pie yesterday and it turned out beautifully! I made it with a pre-bought graham cracker pie crust, but it was still SO WONDERFUL!!! My husband is raving about it! I tend to mess up when baking, but this seemed mess up proof. I already have requests from him to make it again. Thanks so much for this recipe, deffinatly a keeper!
  3. Yummy pie-we chose it to use up some leftover granola cereal. We used a spring form pan as mentioned in another review and it turned out wonderful. Just the right balance of sweet and tart. The kids loved the layers. Thank you!
  4. I have made this pie several times and it is always a big hit, especially at a summer picnic or BBQ and sipping on a traditional margarita. Simply delicious! If you're serving it to your guests outside on a hot summer day, do make sure it is completely chilled (the 4 hours AT LEAST) because it will start separating in the heat.
  5. I had keylime pie once as a kid, and wanted to try again. It was much more tart than the 6 we cooked for liked, so we made this a second time. Since time was a factor I suggested Buddha, (my fiance'), combine the ingredients of both lime layers into one, then baked as directed, and it was much better than the original recipe. (As a new home cook in training), He looked up and smiled at me after I spooned some in his mouth and said "I made that?" I said "Yep, see what a little improvising can do?" Needless to say he was quite impressed with himself.


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