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fabulous key lime pie with meringue

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Andrea Thomas
Putnam, CT

When we went to Florida, we came home with a bunch of limes. What else could I do but make a pie? After hand squeezing 25 limes for the juice, I decided to go with the lime juice from the store the next time I baked this pie. It has a fabulous, creamy filling that makes my mouth water even now!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Nothing screams summer more than the tart flavor of a key lime pie. Andrea's recipe is fabulous! The key lime filling is smooth, creamy, and full of tangy flavor. Meringue on top adds a layer of fluffy goodness and helps cut some of the tartness.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 6 -8, depending on how you slice it!
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For fabulous key lime pie with meringue

  • 1
    graham cracker crust, regular size
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream, cold
  • 1/2 c
    lime juice
  • 2 tsp
    grated lime zest
  • 1 can
    sweetened condensed milk, 14 oz
  • 3 lg
    egg yolks, reserve whites
  • 4 lg
    egg whites
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    corn starch
  • 1 pinch

How To Make fabulous key lime pie with meringue

  • Egg yolks, condensed milk, lime juice, zest, and cream stirred together in a bowl.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix egg yolks and condensed milk together. Then stir in lime juice, zest, and cream.
  • Filling poured into the pie crust and baking in the oven.
    Pour into a pie crust and bake for 30 minutes. Set your timer for 20 minutes. When your timer goes off, begin the following steps:
  • Whisked egg whites in a bowl.
    Wisk the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  • Sugar, corn starch, and salt mixed together in a bowl.
    In a second bowl, mix the sugar, corn starch, and salt.
  • Adding sugar mixture to the egg whites.
    Add the sugar mixture a LITTLE at a time to the egg whites, beating between additions. Continue until the sugar dissolves. Hint: If the sugar does not dissolve properly, you will have little amber-colored "drops" on top of the meringue. It's fine, it just not be what you are going for!
  • Spooning meringue over the pie.
    By now the pie should be done. Remove it and spoon meringue mixture on top, lightly "tapping" your spoon on the covered pie to give a wispy look.
  • Baking the meringue until golden brown.
    Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown. This pie is fabulous warm or cold!

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