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This week I am going to do a series on Hosting a Dinner Party and Still Enjoy Your Guests.  Whew, long title I know.  I explain myself in the video but I will give a quick overview here as well.  I love to have people over for dinner and do it all the time.  The whole reason that I have people over is because I want to see them, not spend my evening in the kitchen.  So this week, I am cooking an entire meal (we call this Greek Feast, it is one of my all time favorite meals ever.  Easy, delicious, and healthy) that is a perfect menu for a summer (anytime really) get together.  You can make almost everything ahead of time.  All week long I will give you some tips and tricks on how to throw a party that your guests will ooh and ahh over.  At the end of the week, I will give you a printable shopping list and a game plan so that you can create this meal at your home.

TIPWhen I start my cooking for a dinner party, I usually always make the dessert first.  Desserts can almost always be made ahead of time.  I like having an entire course checked off my list so that cooking the rest of the meal doesn’t seem like such a big task.  If you do a little bit each day, by the time your party rolls around, you only have to make the last minute things and everything else is done.

key lime pie recipe

This is an untraditional Key Lime Pie.  Most Key Lime Pie recipes have sweetened condensed milk in them and this one does not.  It probably should be called Lime Curd Pie, but let’s not be picky.  This recipe comes from my Nonnie and it is my brother’s favorite dessert and a top 5 for my husband.  This is a great dessert for a party (or to bring to party) because you can make everything ahead of time and it will keep in the fridge for about 4 days without the whipped cream.  If you stabilize the whipped cream, you can do the entire dessert the day before.

I also cannot always find key limes at my grocery store.  Use regular limes.  I won’t tell, if you don’t tell.

how to make graham cracker crustMake your graham cracker crust.  This one is 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup sugar, and 6 Tablespoons of melted butter.  I give detailed instructions here.  Bake the crust in a 375 degree oven for about 9 minutes.

key lime pie recipe

graham cracker crust
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup key lime juice
1/2 cup butter cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon gelatin, softened
1 lime zested
whipped cream

key lime pie recipeIn the top of a double boiler (I don’t have one, so I use a saucepan filled halfway with water and a large metal bowl on top) combine the sugar, eggs, and lime juice.

key lime pie recipeWhisk constantly over medium heat.  When the mixture starts to thicken, add one piece of butter at a time.  Whisk constantly until the butter has melted.  Add one piece at a time until you have added all of the butter.  The lime curd will be thick.

key lime pie recipeAdd the softened gelatin (I sprinkle the teaspoon of gelatin over some water, 2 Tablespoons maybe until it has dissolved) to the lime mixture.

key lime pie recipeStrain your lime mixture to guarantee that there are no egg pieces in your lime curd.

key lime pie recipeAdd the lime zest.

key lime pie recipePour the lime curd into the cooled crust.  Let chill for at least 3 hours before serving to let the filling set up.  Garnish with whipped cream and extra lime zest.

key lime pie recipeThis is a gorgeous and refreshing summer dessert.  One that people will beg for the recipe for.

key lime pie recipeSee you tomorrow to start on the next part of our Dinner Party Series.

Key Lime Pie

Ingredients

  • graham cracker crust
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup key lime juice
  • 1/2 cup butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin, softened
  • 1 lime zested
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  1. In the top of a double boiler (I don’t have one, so I use a saucepan filled halfway with water and a large metal bowl on top) combine the sugar, eggs, and lime juice.
  2. Whisk constantly over medium heat. When the mixture starts to thicken, add one piece of butter at a time. Whisk constantly until the butter has melted. Add one piece at a time until you have added all of the butter. The lime curd will be thick.
  3. Add the softened gelatin (I sprinkle the teaspoon of gelatin over some water, 2 Tablespoons maybe until it has dissolved) to the lime mixture.
  4. Strain your lime mixture to guarantee that there are no egg pieces in your lime curd.
  5. Add the lime zest.
  6. Pour the lime curd into the cooled crust. Let chill for at least 3 hours before serving to let the filling set up. Garnish with whipped cream and extra lime zest.
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53 Responses to Key Lime Pie

  1. Nancy Grundel says:

    WOW!!! Key Lime pie is one of my all time favorite desserts! I have to try your recipe for sure!! Thanks, Nancy

  2. Azurede says:

    Love your recipe and wonderful instructions with beautiful photos. Thank you!

  3. Memoria says:

    I have NEVER hosted a party because I’m too much of an introvert. However, whenever comes the time that I feel up to hosting a small party, I will keep your tips in mind. I’m looking forward to this series.

    The pie looks absolutely perfect. I love how high the crust is and the lovely look of the zest and whipped cream. You’re amazing, Bree!

    • bakedbree says:

      You are too sweet to me. You have never had party? With all of the amazingness that comes out of your kitchen? Have one party and I bet that you will feel differently about it. Where do you live?

  4. Sarah says:

    This pie looks absolutely delicious, and I love your photos!

  5. A perfect pie! Love your tips too…but this pie:) Also love your step by step photos…

  6. Tessa says:

    Loved the video! I’m excited to see what’s next for the rest of the week. I’m only 19 and have a tiny apartment complete with 2 dining chairs so hosting a dinner party isn’t in my near future but I still love the thought of entertaining :)

    The pie looks so creamy and refreshing!

    • bakedbree says:

      I used to have parties when I was in college all the time. They were some of the most fun parties. Eating on the floor with paper plates and cheap beer. You can totally pull it off.

  7. I just love LIME and this Key Lime Pie looks absolutely DELISH!

  8. Amanda says:

    Hi Bree. Nice to meet you! I found you from Tara’s blog and LOVE your pictures!! She did some for us 2 years ago and I still love them. Your cooking blog is great and I am so excited to hear all about this yummy Greek feast!

    • bakedbree says:

      Isn’t Tara wonderful? I love my pictures so much. They will always remind me of that day and the trip that we took.

  9. Betty says:

    This pie looks so delicious! Your photos are beautiful- If only I could reach into this computer screen and pull out one of those slices! Key lime pie is one of my favorite summer desserts- thanks for sharing :)

  10. patty says:

    hi there – i tried to make the key lime pie…i did something wrong as it didn’t set right…it didn’t really harden…i did the 1 teaspoon of gelatin to 2 tablespoons of water…any ideas?

    • bakedbree says:

      It should be soft set, if you add too much gelatin, it will look and act like jello. I know because I have done this before. You want just enough gelatin to hold it together. Maybe add a touch more gelatin.

  11. Kaitlin says:

    I made this for some friends today and it went over SO well! Wonderful recipe – thank you for sharing!

  12. MsNJohnson says:

    The pie looks delicious!! The recipe I generally use does not require eggs but I will have to give this one a try. I love how you display each step in the cooking process. Oh how I love the simplicities of life…

  13. CJ Morrison says:

    I love Key Lime pie but hate condensed milk. i have make them without condensed milk and try to get real key limes. i like your the way your recipe reads and i am going to try it this weekend. thanks so much.. it is one of my favorite pies.

  14. CJ Morrison says:

    i am going to use stabilized whipping cream

  15. Julie says:

    Hi Bree – You mentioned this desert was top 5 of your husband’s. I was just wondering what the other 4 might be. Looking forward to trying your yummy key lime recipe. Cheers, Julie.

    • bakedbree says:

      He is not a big dessert person, but he does like a few things. Peanut Butter Pie is his all-time favorite. He loves a chocolate milk shake, a good chewy brownie, and a chocolate chip cookie. He is pretty boring.

  16. Julie says:

    PS: My hubby’s favorite dessert is burnt (yes, as in blackened) chocolate chip cookies. Go figure.

  17. Anna Picardi says:

    Hi I was looking for an alternative to making a Key Lime Pie without sweetened condensed milk and found your recipe. I have made it 3 times. The first time it was perfect delicous and refreshing. I live in Florida and used fresh Key Limes. The next two times I adjusted the amount of Gelatin which was fun, using more Gelatin makes a firmer filling so you can cut it into squares and here in Florida where everything melts in minutes it was perfect for a picnic. My perfect mix is one and a half tsp of Gelatin to two tsp of water. My chilren tease me that I am a bad baker so being able to cook this on the stovetop kept me from being teased haha. A devine recipe, fun refreshing and easy to make!! Thank you so much Anna

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  19. Emi Reiner says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I love your photos. I was going to make this pie for company tonight, but forgot the condensed milk, so I am happy to have found this. I only have bottled key lime juice, hope that’s ok. Emi

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  22. jess says:

    Hello! I was just wondering why the gelatin is necessary. I’d love to make this recipe since pretty much everything else has condensed milk in it! I just don’t have gelatin on hand so I was wondering if it could go without, or if it is a necessary! Thank You!

    • bakedbree says:

      It probably will not set without the gelatin. It is essentially a lime curd pie, and the gelatin is what holds it all together.

  23. Melissa says:

    I, too, am very excited to have a recipe without the canned milk. Do you also have a replacement for gelatin? I don’t seem to have any…

  24. Amanda says:

    This was truly wonderful! I am working on building my skills in the kitchen and this made me feel like a “boss” it was so good ;)

  25. Emma says:

    Thank you for this post! I was going to make key lime pie but forgot about evaporated milk! thanks for the recipe and the great step by step pictures to go with it.

  26. Rob Stathem says:

    Wow, such great recipes here! I may just have to try them all. I’m a major foodie and food photographer as well and it’s fun—fun to cook and try new things and then photograph those creations!

    Thank you, Bree, for this delicious looking recipe! Key Lime Pie is the perfect treat on a hot day! I will bookmark this and try this next summer, or, knowing me I’ll cook it now and eat the whole thing!! LOL!

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