Macadamia Key Lime Pie

You can substitute the more widely available Persian limes for Key limes but avoid the bottled juice. Instead of the usual meringue or whipped cream topping, I prefer sweetened crème fraîche and a last-minute squeeze of fresh lime. Prep: 10 minutes, Bake: 33 minutes, Stand: 15 minutes, Chill: 4 hours.


Makes 10 servings

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1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups Key lime juice
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Garnishes: 1/4 cup chopped dry roasted macadamia nuts, grated lime zest, and lime slices


1. Preheat oven to 325°. Mix graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, granulated sugar, and butter with hands; press firmly into a 10-inch pie plate. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and let stand 15 minutes.

2. Whisk together condensed milk, lime juice, and eggs until well blended. Pour into crust, and bake at 325° for 18 to 20 minutes or until set. Chill at least 4 hours.

3. Combine crème fraîche and powdered sugar. Spread evenly over pie, and garnish, if desired.

Marge Perry,


January 2006