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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.

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