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Key Lime Pie With Meringue or Cream Topping


Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie Picture © Diana Rattray
This rich key lime pie is baked, then an optional meringue topping is added, or top the pie with a dollop of whipped cream and lime zest. Feel free to use a light whipped topping on this pie, and use either a purchased or homemade graham cracker crust.

You can use fresh squeezed key lime juice if available, but bottled key lime juice works just fine.


  • 1/2 cup key lime juice, fresh if possible
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons finely grated lime or key lime zest, divided
  • 5 egg yolks
  • whipped cream or whipped topping, optional
  • 1 graham cracker pie shell
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  • Meringue (optional)
  • 3 to 4 egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • dash salt


Whisk the sweetened condensed milk with the egg yolks until smooth and well blended. Stir in whipping cream and lime juice. Stir in 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest. Pour into a prepared graham cracker crust and bake at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and increase temperature to 350° if meringue is used. If you aren't making the meringue, cool the pie and top with whipped cream and a little lime zest just before serving.

Meanwhile, make the meringue topping, if using. In a glass or stainless steel bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt; gradually beat into the egg whites. Continue beating until egg whites no longer feel gritty (with sugar)when a little is smeared between two fingers. Spoon onto the hot pie filling, spreading to cover completely to the crust. Put back in the oven and bake at 350° until meringue is browned, about 12 to 15 minutes.

A few tips for making meringue:

  • Separate eggs carefully; even a tiny bit of yolk can keep the peaks down.
  • Let the egg whites come to room temperature for the lightest, fluffiest meringue.
  • Beat sugar into egg whites gradually, and beat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Spread the meringue topping over the hot filling, spreading it so that it connects with the crust.
  • Watch carefully while baking and keep out of drafts when you take it out of the oven. A sudden draft could make the meringue shrink.
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