Key Lime Pie
As Deb at Smitten Kitchen notes, “despite the name, you don’t need key limes to make this. I mean, if you can get them, please do. They’re wonderful. But I made this, as I often do, with regular grocery store Persian limes and it’s no less dreamy with them.” I couldn't agree more, the perfect description for this pie is dreamy. It transports you to beach somewhere and makes you forget it is mid-winter, no matter where you are or what the weather is doing outside.
Key Lime Pie
From: Smitten Kitchen
1 1/2 cups (155 grams) finely ground graham cracker crumbs (from about 12 crackers – processed in a food processor until small crumbs)
3 tablespoons (40 grams) granulated sugar
2 pinches sea salt
7 tablespoons (100 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest
3 large egg yolks
1 14-ounce (396-gram) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup (155 ml) fresh lime juice (from about 12 key limes or 5 persian/regular limes)
3/4 cup (175 ml) heavy whipping cream (or more if you want to cover the full top of the pie)
1 to 2 tablespoons powdered or granulated sugar, to taste
Heat oven: To 350°F (176°C).
Make crust: Combine graham crumbs, sugar and salt in a medium bowl and stir until mixed. Add butter and stir until crumbs are evenly coated. Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a standard 9-inch pie dish. Bake crust until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Set on cooling rack while you prepare filling. Leave oven on.
Make filling: Zest limes into the bottom of a medium bowl until you have 1 1/2 tablespoons. Beat zest and egg yolks with an electric mixer until pale and thick, about 5 minutes. Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until thickened again, about 3 minutes more. Squeeze zested limes until you have 2/3 cups juice. Whisk into yolk mixture until combined. Pour into graham crust and bake pie for another 10 minutes, until set but not browned on top at all. Let pie cool completely before adding topping (okay to do this in the freezer, but don’t leave for more than 30 minutes or so to avoid crystalizing or getting freezer burnt.
Make topping: In a medium bowl, beat cream and sugar until soft peaks are formed. Spread over top of chilled pie. Ideally, pie should be chilled at least another 2 to 3 hours with the cream on top so that it can fully set before you take a slice.