• 4 teaspoons lime zest
    • ½ cup lime juice, strained, (3-4 limes)
    • 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
    • 5 ounces graham crackers, broken into rough pieces
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and warm
    • ¾ cup heavy cream, chilled
    • 1 ounce confectioners sugar
    • ½ lime, sliced paper thin and dipped in sugar


1. FOR THE FILLING: Whisk the zest and yolks in a medium nonreactive bowl until tinted light green, about 2 minutes. Beat in the milk, then juice; set aside at room temperature to thicken (about 30 minutes).

2. FOR THE CRUST: Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees.

3. In a food processor, process the graham crackers until evenly fine, about 30 seconds (you should have 1 cup crumbs). Add the sugar and pulse to combine. Continue to pulse while adding the warm melted butter in a stead stream; pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand. Transfer the crumbs to a 9-inch glass pie plate and, following illustration 1 on page 197, evenly press the crumbs into the pie plate, using your thumb and a ½ cup measuring cup to square off the top of the crust. Bake the crust until it is fragrant and beginning to brown, 15 to 18 minutes; transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

4. Pour the lime filling into the crust; bake until the center is set, yet wiggly when jiggled, 15 to 17 minutes. Return the pie to a wire rack; cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours. (The pie can be covered directly with lightly oiled or oil-sprayed plastic wrap and refrigerated up to 1 day.)

5. FOR THE WIPPED CREAM: Up to 2 hours before serving, whip the cream in the chilled bowl of an electric mixer to very soft peaks. Adding the confections' sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, continue whipping to just-stiff peaks. Decoratively pipe the whipped cream over the filling or spread the whipped cream evenly with a rubber spatula. Garnish with optional sugared lime slices and serve.

MacGourmet downloadKey Lime Pie. To import, drag image to your MacGourmet recipe box.