For the Crust:
1 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons graham-cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
For The Key Lime Filling:
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. grated lime zest
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh or bottled Key Lime juice* (see note below)
For Garnish: (optional)
Whipped Cream or Non-Dairy Whipped Topping
Finely grated lime zest
Puréed Mango Sauce (recipe follows)
For The Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
In a large mixing bowl, combine graham crackers, butter and sugar. Press mixture into bottom and sides of a buttered 9-inch pie pan, forming a neat border around edge. Bake crust in preheated oven for about 5 minutes or until set and golden. Set aside to cool.
For The Filling:
Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment and a nonreactive bowl, beat egg yolks and lime zest at high speed about 5 minutes or until very shiny. Gradually add condensed milk, and continue to beat 3 to 4 minutes or until thick. Reduce speed of mixer to low. Add lime juice and mix just until combined. Pour lime mixture into cooled crust. Bake in 350 degree F (180 C) oven for about 10 minutes or until filling has just set.
Place pie in freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Cut pie into wedges and serve very cold over Puréed Mango Sauce (recipe follows). If desired, top each slice with whipped cream or non-dairy whipped topping and a little grated lime zest.
Makes 1 (9-inch) pie, 8 servings.
Puréed Mango Sauce
This easy-to-make sweet sauce complements Key Lime pie and plain or fruit-flavored cheesecake.
2 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and cut into pieces
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
Purée mango, sugar and lemon juice in food processor or blender until smooth. Sauce may be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Bottled Key Lime juice can be found in most supermarkets on the juice aisle. If Key Lime Juice is unavailable in your area, you can substitute it with bottled concentrated lime juice, or use the juice of 8 to 9 fresh limes.
Bottled Key Lime juice can be purchased online at King Arthur Flour's website (www.kingarthurflour.com). Fresh Key Limes may be purchased online at Amazon.com. Put in a search for Key Limes.
Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2002
Date: July 13, 2002