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Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Yesterday was Josh’s birthday. We celebrated with key lime pie. That is the one thing Josh asked for. I love birthdays though, so we actually celebrated all weekend long. On Friday, we saw Iron Man 2-great movie, go see it:) We also went out to dinner.

Saturday morning I took Josh to get donuts at his favorite donut shop in Salt Lake City-Banbury Cross. I don’t do donuts, but rumor has it they are the BEST-Josh seems to think so. He loved his surprise breakfast treat.

On Sunday, we started Josh’s special day with a birthday breakfast. I made Josh whole wheat pancakes with strawberry rhubarb compote-recipe is coming-it’s a good one:) We also had friends over for dinner that night. Josh chose the menu which consisted of: grilled pork tenderloin, roasted red potatoes, salad, and key lime pie for dessert.

Key Lime Pie Recipe

The star of the dinner was the key lime pie. Josh loves lime, but  I have never made him a key lime pie. I’ve made him lime bars, cake, cookies, but never a pie. Odd, huh? So this birthday I was not going to let him down. I used a recipe I found on Epicurious, but of course I made some changes. Josh loves his lime treats very tart. I was worried this recipe wouldn’t be tart enough, so I added in lime zest to kick the lime flavor up a notch.

Key Lime Pie Recipe

The pie has a graham cracker crust and a rich lime filling that is made with-lime zest, lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk. I used regular limes, so I guess this technically isn’t a key lime pie, but don’t tell Josh that. He loved it. The filling was tart, creamy, and smooth. The graham cracker crust added a nice little crunch. The pie was a birthday hit!

Josh is already requesting this for his next birthday, but because I love him dearly, I will be making this pie for him on a regular basis.

Also, check out our Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce on New Asian Cuisine. Thanks Jaden for featuring our recipe.

Key Lime Pie

Yield: Serves 8-10

Cook Time: 15-17 minutes


For the crust:

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
Zest of 1 large lime
1/2 cup lime juice, from 5 limes


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter with a fork. Mix until graham cracker crumbs are moist. Press mixture into a 9 inch pie plate or dish. Pat down the bottom and sides. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

2. While the crust is baking, prepare filling. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Whisk until well combined. Add in the lime zest, and lime juice. Whisk well. Set mixture aside. It will thicken up as it sits.

3. When the pie crust has cooled to slightly warm or room temperature, pour the lime filling over the pie crust. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack. When cool, chill the pie in the refrigerator. The filling will set up as it cools. Chill for at least one hour before serving.

4. Serve cold.

Adapted from Epicurious (Gourmet)

If you like this key lime pie, you might also like:

Lime Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lime Meringue Tart from David Lebovitz
Key Lime Pie Bars from My Baking Addiction
Mojito Key Lime Pie from Baking Bites

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105 Responses to “Key Lime Pie”

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  1. Erica — May 10, 2010 @ 4:49 am

    awwwwww! Sounds like such a great birthday weekend!!!! You know my Josh requests the same treat every birthday! I totally want to see Iron Man. Glad you thought it was good

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — May 10, 2010 @ 6:06 am

    Looks perfect! Sounds like he had a great birthday. :)

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  4. Happy birthday to Josh!! Key lime pie is my absolute favorite :)

  5. bellini valli — May 10, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    A belated happy birthday to Josg. It looks like he head a really special birthday with all his favourites.

  6. Jan — May 10, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    How strange is this – I’ve just got on the PC to look for a recipe for Key lime pie!!!!
    I love this one – I will be making it this very weekend – thanks for sharing x

  7. Peter — May 10, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    Maria, Happy Mother’s day and happy B-day to Josh! I would love a piece of pie now…just a wee dollop of whipped cream on it, please.

  8. Jenny Flake — May 10, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    Yumma Yumma!! Looks fantastic and so refreshing :) Have a great Monday!! Still haven’t decided about the Photo workshop, I’ll decide by the end of this week.

  9. jancd — May 10, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    Josh is a lucky man to have you for his wife. The pie looks delicious. I would have used regular limes, too. Those key limes are just so tiny.

  10. Maggy — May 10, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    I love Key Lime Pie – this looks delicious.

  11. Michelle — May 10, 2010 @ 8:07 am

    What a sweet wife making your husband all these great goodies on his birthday! Im sure he felt very blessed! I have a killer key lime pie recipe my mom shared with me about 3 years ago. I have not made any other since..this recipe looks great and your pie looks so refreshing. My family loves key lime pie. I think it’s a perfect summer dessert! Thanks for sharing and tell your sweet Josh Happy Birthday!

  12. laura — May 10, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    We love Banbury Cross!! It is dangerously close to our house and a Saturday morning treat about once a month for us. :) This pie looks great as well! Love anything lime!

  13. LilSis — May 10, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    Beautiful! Key lime pie is a favorite of mine but I’ve never made one. Your recipe sounds great!

  14. Elle — May 10, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    Gorgeous lime pie! Happy birthday to Josh, too!

  15. Julia — May 10, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Pretty pictures. And what a simple recipe, so great! Happy belated Birthday Josh!

  16. Krista — May 10, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Mmm, you’re a lovely wife to make such goodies for your man. :-) I like that you added lime zest to the mix. That would make it even better for sure!!

  17. Sara — May 10, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    What a great birthday weekend! Josh is a lucky guy. I’ve never had key lime pie…but I think you may have sold me on it.

  18. carrian — May 10, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    sounds yum!!

  19. Bonnie — May 10, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    We love key lime pie. This one looks delicious.

  20. DessertForTwo — May 10, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    I love birthday cooking too! Have you ever made key lime pie without egg yolks and froze it? It’s delicious. I think Ina Garten has a recipe for frozen key lime pie…It might be Josh’s new favorite!

  21. Nadia — May 10, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    Key Lime Pie always reminds me of Miami. I love it!

  22. food librarian — May 10, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Happy Birthday Josh! What a lovely pie! – mary

  23. Cookin' Canuck — May 10, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    I have never made a key lime pie and this looks absolutely fantastic. Lucky husband!

  24. As I started reading this entry I was planning to ask if you thought using normal limes would work (as I have about 20 too many in my kitchen right now) and then you answered my question perfectly! I’ve been craving a key lime pie/ just lime pie the last couple days so I’m glad you’ve put this recipe up. Can’t wait to try it!

    – russell

  25. Anne — May 10, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    Key lime in Asia is not used in pies but drinks. This is a great recipe. I never though key limes could be used as limes and lemons.

  26. Joanne — May 10, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    Happy birthday Josh!

    you guys are so cute….never fails to make me happy.

    I love lime desserts and will definitely have to give this a try. The graham cracker crust is a MUST.

  27. lynn @ the actors diet — May 10, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    happy bday josh! that key lime pie looks delicious, and i love how simple the ingredients are as well.

  28. Lynda — May 10, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    This sounds delicious, and is exactly what I am in the mood for. And the more tart the better!

  29. allison lemons — May 10, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    I love love key lime pie!! It’s the one pie I make when I went to celebrate something big. So Josh, I’m with you! Happy Birthday!

  30. grace — May 10, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    key limes or not, i’m sure it was a tasty pie. sounds like you helped make josh’s birthday properly special. :)

  31. Amanda — May 10, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Turned out beautiful Maria!

    • twopeas replied: — May 10th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. The pie was mighty tasty!

  32. Tracy — May 10, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    Mmm, love key lime pie so I’ll have to try yours! Happy birthday to Josh! :-)

  33. Barbara Bakes — May 10, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    Sounds like a birthday dinner I would love. The pie looks delicious!

  34. Memoria — May 10, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    Happy birthday to Josh! The pie looks fantastic.

  35. Sounds like a great b’day weekend. Lovely pie, I would like it tart too! Happy b’day to Josh. xo

  36. Katrina — May 10, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    Mmm, looks great and makes me want more key lime pie! I love that it’s such a simple pie to make! Happy Birthday to Josh.

  37. Lori — May 10, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    Happy Birthday to Josh! I’ve had such a craving for key lime pie lately. This looks great!

  38. Fuji Mama — May 10, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    I’m a huge fan of key lime pie–sounds like a perfect way to celebrate! Happy belated birthday to Josh!!

  39. Bridgett — May 10, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    Always a pleasing pie to make…and eat! Happy birthday to Josh.

  40. Happy Belated Josh! Key Lime Pie is one of my faves too.

    Pretty photos!

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