When I moved from Lebanon to Florida spring of 1999, I brought with me my love for cooking and search for new recipes. The famous key lime pie was new to me. It was a friend's best dessert, and he used to buy it from Costco every time we go for shopping. I tasted the pie at several places, but they were missing that wow flavor. I kept playing with the recipe, and the right flavor is found. I live now in North Bay, Ontario, and we only get the Key Limes twice a year, so sometimes I substitute with fresh lime juice. I hope you all enjoy!!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Combine the almonds with the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and mix until evenly moistened. Press into a 9-inch pie plate.

  • Bake the crust in the preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 13 minutes.

  • While the crust is baking, beat the egg yolks in a bowl with the condensed milk, cream, and lime zest. Whisk in the lime juice a little at a time to thicken the custard. Pour the custard into the pie crust and return to the oven.

  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes to help the custard begin to set. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack before covering loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerating overnight.

Nutrition Facts

455.5 calories; 8.7 g protein; 47.3 g carbohydrates; 164.9 mg cholesterol; 177.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2011
Phoenician Gourmet, you have outdone yourself and this pie absolutely deserves to be titled after you! I have my favorite Key Lime Pie recipe that I have been using for years, and I don't mind saying this recipe will probably take its place. First of all, the crust -the ground, toasted almonds take it to way beyond the ordinary. And then there's the filling - SO extra creamy! The heavy cream was a beautiful addition not only in taste, but its addition makes for a more substantial pie than others, filling the pie plate nicely. The combination of the novel ingredients of almonds and cream make for one, extraordinarily good Key Lime Pie, and with the perfect degree of lime flavor! As the first reviewer of this recipe, I can only strongly encourage others to give it a try! I can't imagine you'd be sorry! Edited 8/7/2011 - I use 1-1/2 tsp. grated lime zest rather than just 1/2 tsp. - perfect. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2014
The texture was really nice and creamy and the flavor was good; however it was so sweet I could hardly eat it. I have quite a sweet tooth and I love dessert but this was way too sweet for me. Probably nothing wrong with the recipe...I guess I just don't like key lime pie. Who knew? Read More
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222 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 189
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2011
Phoenician Gourmet, you have outdone yourself and this pie absolutely deserves to be titled after you! I have my favorite Key Lime Pie recipe that I have been using for years, and I don't mind saying this recipe will probably take its place. First of all, the crust -the ground, toasted almonds take it to way beyond the ordinary. And then there's the filling - SO extra creamy! The heavy cream was a beautiful addition not only in taste, but its addition makes for a more substantial pie than others, filling the pie plate nicely. The combination of the novel ingredients of almonds and cream make for one, extraordinarily good Key Lime Pie, and with the perfect degree of lime flavor! As the first reviewer of this recipe, I can only strongly encourage others to give it a try! I can't imagine you'd be sorry! Edited 8/7/2011 - I use 1-1/2 tsp. grated lime zest rather than just 1/2 tsp. - perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2011
Fantastic recipe, when key limes are in season, stock up on them, just put in freezer and they are good for about a year, when needed, just take out what you need, better than the bottle stuff, i like my limes fresh, I have frozen lemon and limes and oranges for years. and just as good as the day I got them. From Peyton in Mississauga Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2010
If there were an option for more than five stars, I don't know if I'd ever stop. The best key lime pie I've ever had. EVER. The toasted almonds and refrigerating overnight is a must. My crust was done in under ten minutes and my pie was done in just under fifteen minutes. You HAVE to try this pie. It's excellent. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2011
The quest for "THE" key lime pie recipe is over! This was a smashing success perfectly tart perfectly sweet rich and creamy. The only thing I need to fix is that the crust was so crumbly it was difficult to serve but it was so good I still have to give it 5 stars. Next time I'll take some of the leftover egg whites whisk them with a fork for a few seconds and brush the egg wash onto the pie shell before baking. I've done that in the past with perfect results. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2011
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!! I think I have tried every Key Lime Pie recipe on this site and this one is the best. Didn't change a thing. THANKS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2011
I really enjoyed this. It was very easy to make and the crust is one of the best I have ever had. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2011
Yum! This is a great recipe and really simple. My only complaint was that I wished it looked a bit greener (it was more yellow-colored from the yolks). I serve it with some fresh whipped cream to balance the tartness. I've made it with bottled key lime juice and fresh squeezed limes. Also we only chilled it for two hours and it was fine:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2013
Very rich, because the cream in the filling cuts the tartness. I enjoyed it, but we like ours tart. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
Everyone who likes Key Lime Pie should make this recipe - even novice bakers. It's delicious and so easy to make. In the past I always used a store-bought graham cracker crust. NEVER AGAIN!!! The crust is so easy to make and the difference in taste is remarkable. The cream is definitely a secret ingredient that changes the recipe from good to great. I thought the lime flavor was perfect following this recipe exactly. Anyone who likes a strong lime flavor might want to add more juice. I used bottled key lime juice; can't easily get the key limes in Boston. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2014
The texture was really nice and creamy and the flavor was good; however it was so sweet I could hardly eat it. I have quite a sweet tooth and I love dessert but this was way too sweet for me. Probably nothing wrong with the recipe...I guess I just don't like key lime pie. Who knew? Read More
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