There isn’t much more that says spring/summer/warm weather to me than Key Lime Pie.
I want warm weather to be here so bad that I had to take it to the extreme. A plain old Key Lime Pie was not going to cut the mustard. I had to make it epic.
The first time I ever had Key Lime Pie was at the beach on a summer vacation, so it always reminds me of beach and summer. I’m ready for both.
My uncle gave me this recipe several years ago and it makes two pies. I decided that two pies were going to collide into one ginormous beautiful blast of Key West in my kitchen.
So I say adios to winter. I open my arms, spin around like Julie Andrews on a mountain top, and say hello to spring. I missed you old friend.
And Old Man Winter? I moon you, spit in your face, and flip you the bird.
- 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- 3 cans of condensed milk
- 16 ounces sour cream
- 1 cup key lime juice (I used Aunt Nellie)
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2-3 keylimes
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix graham crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a bowl. Press to bottom and sides of a spring form pan.
- Add all pie ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium low until combined
- Pour pie mix into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes
- Cool completely and refrigerate uncovered at least 4 hours or overnight
- Add cream and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment
- Whip on medium high until stiff peaks appear (6-8 minutes)
- Spread over top of pie and top with lime zest
Note: You can make two pies by dividing the batter between two prepared pie pans and reduce the baking time to 20-25 minutes.
Random Fact: I took this pie to a birthday party and my friends hid it to save for themselves, so that’s why there are no pictures of it sliced and the pictures are in a pie/cake carrier 🙂
Random Fact: You can buy pie/cake carriers at the Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) one dollar, so if you take it to a party you don’t have to worry about the return of your plate or carrier.