Key Lime Pie

I was at one of our favorite stores in the market the other day waiting in line at the cash to buy my pound and a half of dried pinto beans (I have a ridiculous love for refried beans) and the guy in front of me was buying a ton of things (including a big bag full of scotch bonnet peppers – jeez!) so I had time to look around. It is a great store, lots of things to look at. Anyway, I spotted bags of key limes! I was so excited, I decided to get them.

Of course, I made a key lime pie. Key lime pie makes reminds me of Florida vacations: the beach, the sun, and lots going places in a car that is almost unbearably hot at first.

I remember having key lime pie in Florida but I can’t remember when or where, I was too young I think, memories are fuzzy. It’s not that hard to make at all, just a bit of work to squeeze the juice out of the limes. You can also make a meringue to put on top but I didn’t bother, I find it good as it is: sweet, thick and lime-y.

Key Lime Pie

  • 1/2 cup key lime juice (~20-25 key limes)
  • zest of 4 key limes
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks

Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • pinch of salt

How to prep:

  1. Pre-heat your oven at 350F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, the sugar, salt and melted butter.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Press the crumbs into a pie plate (with your fingers) against the bottom and the sides.
  5. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  6. While this is happening, prepare the filling: zest and juice the limes and mix well with the egg yolks and condensed milk.
  7. Remove the crust from the oven, let cool for a few minutes and put the filling in it.
  8. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  9. When it is done, let cool and chill in the fridge for a few hours.

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