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Key Lime Pie Recipe

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  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice or key lime juice
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated lime peel
  • 1 pastry shell, 9 inch
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • dash salt


In a saucepan over low heat, combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/3 cup cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup cold water. Mix well; add hot water. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until very thick. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice and return to heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Beat egg yolks lightly. Beat in about 1/3 cup of the hot mixture; stir egg yolk mixture to the saucepan mixture and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes longer. Add butter and lime peel and let cool.

Pour cooled mixture into baked pie shell. Beat egg whites until stiff; gradually beat in the 6 tablespoons of sugar and dash of salt. Spread meringue over top of key lime pie. Bake key lime pie for 20 minutes at 300°, until nicely browned.

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 5 out of 5
YAY!!!, Member kathleennelson

My husband was stationed in FL when he was in the Air Force. He had Key Lime Pie there and said he was hungry for it. No problem. Graham cracker crust and sweetened condensed milk, right? Not according to him. It should have meringue, not whipped cream, and CERTAINLY not sweetened condensed MILK. I made this yesterday, and as picky as that man is, he loved it! I decided to use a double boiler, but that didn't work - it never could get hot enough to thicken. So don't try that... I just put the top of the double boiler on the burner and it thickened right up.

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