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Key Lime Pie

The rich, tart pie is named for the funny little limes that grow in the Florida keys. Those are almost impossible to find in stores, but regular limes offer plenty enough sacrifice in the amount of time it takes to juice them out. Remember to wear plastic gloves while juicing limes, as something in the skins will make you feel as if you had toothpicks shoved under your fingernails the day after if you don’t.

If you’d like to bake your own pie shell, see the recipe for

Key Lime Pie

The rich, tart pie is named for the funny little limes that grow in the Florida keys. Those are almost impossible to find in stores, but regular limes offer plenty enough sacrifice in the amount of time it takes to juice them out. Remember to wear plastic gloves while juicing limes, as something in the skins will make you feel as if you had toothpicks shoved under your fingernails the day after if you don’t.

Mini Key Lime pies

  • 10-inch pre-baked pie shell
  • 4 oz. Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate
  • Filling:
  • Juice and pulp of 10 limes
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 oz. softened butter

1. Melt the chocolate in a microwave oven in 30-second bursts, stirring it between each until it’s completely melted, smooth, and pourable. (This can also be done in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.)

2. Pour the chocolate into the pie shell. With a spoon, spread it around to coat the inside of the pie shell evenly.

3. Combine all filling ingredients except the butter in a metal bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Whisk briskly until the mixture thickens and becomes fluffy–about 10-15 minutes.

4. When the mixture has reached the desired thickness, whisk in the butter.

5. Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Put the pie into the refrigerator to set for about two hours.

6. Decorate pie with shaved chocolate, whipped cream, or lime slices.

Serves eight to ten.

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  1. C.J. Voelkel on April 29, 2016

    Tom, what is the volume of juice & pulp of 10 limes? It would be very different if one is using key limes (Wal-Mart usually has them in 1-pound bags from Mexico) than if one is using regular “Persian” limes. I was in Rouse’s Supermarket yesterday and noticed that they had two different brands of key lime juice on their shelf (along with “Real-lime” juice.) and would use that instead of squeezing my own.
    😉

    • Tom Fitzmorris on May 1, 2016

      Of course, the amount of juice you get from a given number of any kind of citrus will vary from batch to batch. We don’t see true Key limes around here enough for that to be an issue. If I were guessing at this (and I would be anyway) the volume would come to somewhere between eight and ten liquid ounces.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  2. Barbara on November 16, 2017

    I ‘d love to have a whole key lime pie delivered to my brother as he visits NOLA for his birthday this Saturday/Sunday. Staying at La Quinta on Camp Street. Any ideas where/how to get it delivered??

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