Jim’s Favorite Key Lime Pie

key lime pie1/2 cup fresh lime juice (12 to 15 key limes or 3 to 4 common limes)
4 tsp grated lime zest
4 egg yolks
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
11 graham crackers
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Zest the limes (a microplane grater is the best tool for this), then cut the limes in half and squeeze out the juice, being careful not to include any seeds.

Process the graham crackers in a food processor or blender and then melt the butter and set it aside. Whisk the egg yolks and lime zest together in a bowl until tinted light green. This takes about 2 minutes. Beat in milk, then juice and set aside at room temperature till it thickens.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar in another bowl. Add butter and stir with a fork until well blended. Pour this mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and press over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Try using the bottom of a measuring cup to make sure the graham cracker mixture forms a firm crust on the bottom of the pie pan. Bake on the center rack for about 15 minutes until the crust is lightly brown, remove and let cool to room temperature.

Pour the lime filling into crust, spread evenly, and then bake for 15 minutes until the center sets, but still wiggles when shaken. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least three hours until well chilled.

Garnish as desired. If the pie seems to be sticking to the pan when serving, try dipping the pan into a bowl of warm water to loosen it.

Serves: 6-8

Time to make: ~45 minutes, plus 3+ hours to chill

Source: reluctantGormet.com

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