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Key Lime Parfaits

Hands-on time 1 hr, 10 mins
Total time 5 hrs, 10 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
To prep ahead, make the curd up to two days in advance, and chill. Whip the meringue an hour before your party; assemble just before serving.


  • Curd
  • 1/2 cup fresh Key lime juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons loosely packed Key lime zest
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 slices
  • Meringue
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Additional ingredient
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs

How to Make It

  1. Prepare Curd: Whisk together first 5 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened and bubbles form around edges.

  2. Remove from heat, and add butter, 1 slice at a time, whisking until blended after each addition. Transfer mixture to a medium-size glass bowl, and place plastic wrap directly on warm curd. Chill 4 to 6 hours.

  3. Prepare Meringue: Pour water to a depth of 2 inches into a 2-qt. saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and let simmer. Beat egg whites and next 2 ingredients in a 2 1/2-qt. bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Place bowl over simmering water, and beat at medium speed 9 minutes or until soft peaks form. Remove from heat. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

  4. Divide graham cracker crumbs among 6 bowls or jars; top with lime curd.

  5. Spoon meringue into a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. (Do not seal.) Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole. Pipe meringue over curd in bowl. If desired, brown meringue using a kitchen torch, holding torch 2 inches from meringue and moving torch back and forth.

  6. Note: We recommend using a pro-style kitchen torch ($20 at or housewares retailers).