Key Lime Pie in a Home-made Graham Cracker Crust

IMG_7284IMG_7267Walking home the other day I noticed this basket of key limes sitting in front of one my favorite Vietnamese/Chinese produce stands on Grand street.  The sign made me smile.

Do they have Key Limes in Vietnam?

I bought a bunch, took them home and immediately got carried away doing research on Key Lime pie.

The thing that make these tiny limes so special is the floral sent of the juice not like regular limes at all.

The first recipe for key lime pie showed up on the side of a can of sweetened condensed milk.  This explains why almost every recipe for this classic dish calls for 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

My version is extra tart and not in a crust made from store-bought cookies, but rather in a home-made graham cracker crust!

Key Lime Pie in a Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

In the bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment add: 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar and 8 Tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter beat on medium high-speed until light and creamy – 1-2 minutes.

In a separate bowl whisk together: 1 cup of All Purpose Flour, 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour, 3/4 teaspoons salt, 1 Tablespoon of cocoa and 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon.

Add: 2 Tablespoons of Honey to the butter/sugar mixture and whisk until well incorporated.

Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture in two batches.

When the dough comes together remove from the mixer and place between two pieces of parchment paper and flatten into a disk.  Fold the paper around the dough and refrigerate it for 1-2 hours until chilled.

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Take the chilled dough out of the fridge and roll it into a thin round, remove the top sheet of parent and flip into a 9″ springform pan  (this can also be done in a traditional tart tin).

It will need some help once you have flipped it as it will inevitably not be even or may crumble and need to be pressed back into shape.

The dough is very forgiving, so not to worry. Use your hands to form a more or less even edge around the pan about 2″ deep.

Prick the dough with a fork and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool whip you make the filling.

Now preheat the oven to 350 F.

Place 4 large eggs yolks and 1 teaspoon of grated lime peel and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a standing mixer with the whisk attachment.  On high-speed whisk for 5 minutes until the yolks have increased in volume and become lighter and creamier.IMG_7273Turn the mixer to low and slowly add 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk.

Turn the mixer up to high and whisk for one minute. Return it back to low and slowly add 2/3 cup fresh Key Lime Juice (this will yield a decided tart pie with a slightly bitter aftertaste from the peel, it can be omitted if you want and the juice reduced to 1/2 cup if you’d rather a sweeter less intense filling)

Pour into the prepared crust and bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool on a rack until room temperature.IMG_7274Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

20 minutes before serving pop it into the freezer.

Serve with a dollop of sweetened whip cream.




About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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3 Responses to Key Lime Pie in a Home-made Graham Cracker Crust

  1. reelcharlie says:

    As Maggie Smith said in Gosford Park, “ooh yummy yummy!”

  2. Mark,
    A first for me: I tried out your recipe over the weekend. Easy as pie. Delicious!

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