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Foolproof Key Lime Pie

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Rachael Burrow

Hands-on time 23 mins
Total time 3 hrs
Yield

Makes 8 servings

Whip up this Foolproof Key Lime Pie for an easy dessert your guests are sure to enjoy. 

Ingredients

  • 12 graham cracker sheets, finely ground (1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 3 teaspoons Key lime zest, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh Key lime juice
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish: Key lime slices

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cracker crumbs, sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl, stirring well to combine. Drizzle butter over crumb mixture; toss with a fork until crumbs are moist. Press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie dish. Bake 8 minutes; let cool on a wire rack.

  2. Whisk together 1/3 cup cream, 2 teaspoons lime zest, lime juice, milk, eggs, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl until smooth. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool 15 minutes. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set.

  3. Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and remaining 2/3 cup cream in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Dollop pie with whipped cream; garnish, if desired.