Key Lime Pie

This gorgeous gluten-free dessert is a real show stopper! No one needs to know how easy it is to make!

key lime pie
Key Lime Pie

The perrrfect balance of tart and sweet.... each bite is heavenly.

Several years ago as we were planning our Easter menu we decided we wanted something special for dessert and had our heart set on a key lime pie.

The only thing was none of us (my mom, my sister in law, or myself) had ever made one.  So we turned to a friend of my sister-in-law who also happens to be a personal chef and baker extraordinaire and she made us this gorgeous and unbelievably delicious gluten-free key lime pie.

It was the perfect balance of sweet and each bite was heavenly.

Luckily for all of us, Nicki shared her recipe with us.

Here’s what you’ll need, 10 real food ingredients…. gluten-free graham crackers, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, unsalted butter, sweetened condensed milk, limes for both juice and zest, egg yolks, heavy whipping cream and vanilla.

And it is crazy easy to make!

The graham cracker crust is made with graham cracker crumbs (we put Schar graham crackers in a food processor to make them), 1/4 cup sugar, unsalted butter plus a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg for some extra flavor– you can’t taste them per se, they give some depth to the graham cracker crust).

You mix it all together and drop it into the pie pan, then press down to form the crust.  Then bake for just 5 minutes to set and slightly brown.

The filling is sweetened condensed milk, lime zest, lime juice and 4 egg yolks. If you can find them key limes are great! But as they can be challenging to find and not always available, regular Persian limes work wonderfully!

Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust and bake for 15 minutes.  It really couldn’t be easier or quicker!

One tip… I always find it helpful to bake pies by putting the pie pan on a baking sheet. That way it is easier to remove from the oven without ruining the pie… who hear hasn’t stuck an oven mit into the edge of a pie before?

 

Let cool in the refrigerator. Even cool overnight. Then whip up some whip cream and decorate however you like!

This whip cream is just heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla and while I am not usually the biggest whip cream fan, I love this one!

There’s not much healthy about it, it is awfully yummy!

And have fun decorating the pie! You can either cover the entire pie with whipped cream or fill a decorating bag (a disposable one works too!) with the whipped cream and then squeeze the whipped cream out of the bag into swirls as above or below.

And I don’t know about you, but one of the reasons I love baking, even if the ingredients aren’t the healthiest, is so we know what the ingredients are, can use organic ingredients where possible and so we know that the ingredients and baking process are really gluten-free.

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Recipe

 

Key Lime Pie
 
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This gorgeous gluten-free Key Lime Pie s always a crowd-pleaser -- no one needs to know how easy it is to make. It is the perfect balance of sweet & tart and each bite is dreamy.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut Free
Serves: 8 slices
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1½ cups gluten free graham-style crackers, ground fine in a food processor (we used Schar)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Filling:
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • Zest of 1 lime (approximately 1 teaspoon, packed)
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice (Note: we used Persian limes instead of the harder-to-find Key Limes and it works perfectly!)
  • 4 egg yolks
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all crust ingredients
  3. Press into a 9 inch pie plate using your finger to create an edge at the top if desired.
  4. Bake for approximately 5 minutes until lightly browned
  5. Cool
Filling:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Whisk together lime juice, zest, and yolks
  3. Whisk in condensed milk
  4. Pour into prepared and cooled crust
  5. Bake for 15 minutes (Tip: Place pie pan on a baking sheet to bake so that it is easy to remove from the oven)
  6. Cool completely
  7. Chill in refrigerator until cold
Whipped cream:
  1. Beat all ingredients in a mixer with a whisk attachment until soft peaks form
  2. Top chilled pie with whipped cream either entirely or use a decorating bag (a disposable one works too!) to squeeze out the whipped cream in swirls as above.
  3. Can be made a day ahead.

 

 

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