Best Key Lime Pie Recipe
from Scratch

My best key lime pie recipe from scratch produces a scrumptious creamy filling; not too tart - not too sweet.

I have more homemade pie recipes from scratch that will impress your family and are easy to make.

Best Key Lime Pie Recipe

Best Key Lime Pie Recipe

It takes approximately 20 key limes for 3/4 cup of lime juice.


graham cracker crust, recipe below
3 cups homemade sweetened condensed milk, recipe below
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup lime juice
1 TBS grated lime zest
homemade whipping cream, recipe below

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter with your hands. Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan, and bake until brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before filling.

Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Cut the limes in half and use a garlic press to extract the juice; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes, or until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. DO NOT BROWN. Chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.

Homemade Graham Cracker Crust From Scratch

If you buy store-bought graham crackers, one of those sections is roughly 1-1/2 cups. Double the recipe for a 9x13 inch pan...

1-1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup white sugar
6 TBS butter, melted
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees. You will need an 8" or 9" pie plate.

Process the graham crackers in a blender or crush them with a rolling pin.  Put ingredients in the bottom of the pie plate and mix well. Press into pie plate. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until light brown. Cool and fill.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute

1 quart milk (or evaporated milk>
1-1/2 cups sugar (or Splenda)

Cook the above ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until it reaches the desired consistency. It takes 45 minutes for sweetened condensed milk and 1-1/2 to 2 hours for dulce de leche. Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla after removing from the heat. Cool before using.

Homemade Whipped Cream

3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup - 1/2 cup (or to taste) powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Beat above ingredients together until soft peaks form. So easy to make and so good.

I offer more than my best key lime pie recipe.  Please check out more of my favorite homemade dessert recipes below.

Homemade Pie Recipes

Moist Lemon Cake

Fresh Strawberry Cake

BEST French Vanilla Cake


Receive Updates the Second They Post!

Enter your email address:

rss feedSubscribe in a Reader

The Miss Homemade Recipes from Scratch Blog lets you know whenever any new or updated web pages appear on Miss Homemade. Don't miss new finds, updates and cooking adventures.

To subscribe to Miss Homemade's Blog (no e-mail address necessary), RIGHT-click on the orange RSS button and then copy-and-paste the URL of the "RSS feed" into your blog reader.

Or click on the Google, My Yahoo!, or My MSN button if you use one of those. Follow their instructions.

Become part of the Miss Homemade Blog! Tell your favorite recipes by clicking here! Your story becomes part of this blog for others to read! Enjoy... this is fun!

What is RSS?

  1. Home
  2. Site Index
  3. Site Feed

Affiliate Disclosure: I am grateful to be of service and bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases I will receive a referral commission. Your support in purchasing through these links enables me to keep my recipes online and helps people worldwide to blog with less worry and less hassle. Thank you!

©2009- Rule Worldwide LLC - All Rights Reserved

Copyright and Privacy Policy