This is the first time I have every made and tried key lime pie. Oh man, it was so amazing. I had some friends over and they agreed. I needed a second opinion, because I really wasn't sure what it was supposed to taste like. I wanted to eat the whole pie, but stopped myself, only because we had company over. While making the whipped cream, I was impressed at my ability to whip the cream into a hard peak, which usually I find quite difficult. Key lime pie is a really easy dessert to make. If you want to impress your guests and don't have a lot of time, make key lime pie.
KEY LIME PIE RECIPE
makes one 9 inch pie
adapted from the Joy of Baking
1 1/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs
5 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp white sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
1/2 cup key lime juice
2 tsp lime zest
WHIPPED CREAM INGREDIENTS
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp sugar
Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a bowl. Press into the bottom and sides of a buttered 9 inch pie pan. Put in the fridge to let chill.
In a large bowl beat the egg yolks until pale and fluffy (2-3 min). Gradually add the condensed milk and beat until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the lime juice and lime zest.
Fill the pie crust with key lime filling and bake in the oven at 350 ºF for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Once cool put in fridge until ready to serve.
Beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and beat until hard peaks are formed. Pipe or place mounds of whip cream on top of the pie and serve.