Mikey’s Key Lime Pie

So, this Easter, my brother, Mikey, and I volunteered to make the desserts. Mikey started making this key lime pie a couple of years ago for our family get-togethers. This year, I also made a pie since we had a big group and one pie wouldn’t be enough. I opted for a strawberry pie (recipe coming soon). Mikey made his key lime pie Saturday afternoon and then I made mine Saturday night. After I stuck my pie in the oven, I went upstairs to play Disney’s Sing It with our younger brother, Nick. All of the sudden right in the middle of singing Selena Gomez’s awful version of “It’s Magic”, my aunt and stepdad came rushing into the room screaming that my pie was burning and that Mike didn’t want to take it out of the oven because he wanted to sabotage my pie. What the heck?! Why is nobody removing my pie from the oven it if is burning?!! I raced downstairs to the kitchen to find everyone just sitting around the table laughing and talking. Again, I ask, WHAT THE HECK, PEOPLE?!!

Turns out, my pie was not really burning, but some of the strawberry goodness leaked over the crust and dripped onto the bottom of the oven so it just smelled like it was burning. Talk about blowing things out of proportion. But, still, Mike had a dirty look on his face. Apparently, this was a competition. Mike said my pie looked like a meat pie! How rude!

On Easter, we all couldn’t wait to dig into our pies. To be diplomatic, everyone in the family had a little slice of both because let’s face it, if you choose only one, then you are saying you love the other person more. We contemplated having an anonymous voting system, but I mean, this was a holiday after all. No voting necessary. Both pies were demolished by the fam. I declared both pies a success. Not sure if Mikey agrees though…

But, seriously, Mikey makes a good key lime pie. And I don’t even normally like key lime pie as it is often too sweet for me, but this pie is perfect. My favorite part is that he infuses the whipped cream with lime juice and lime zest. Here is Mikey’s recipe!

Mikey's Key Lime Pie

Mikey's Key Lime Pie

Ingredients:

For the pie:

  • 1 – 9 inch graham cracker shell
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (12 to 15 key limes or 3 to 4 regular limes)
  • 4 teaspoons grated lime zest (plus 2 more for later)

For the key lime whipped cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 heaping tbs. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 3-4 key limes (or half of one regular lime)

Directions:

For the pie:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Zest the limes before you juice them or you will hate yourself forever.
  3. Whisk sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Once well combined, add the lime juice. Mix in lime zest until evenly distributed.
  4. Pour the lime filling into the pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes.
  5. Put the pie in a fridge and let it cool for a while

For the key lime whipped cream:

  1. Combine whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium sized mixing bowl and beat until combined.
  2. Add in 1tsp lime zest and the juice from one half lime (or 3-4 key limes).
  3. Beat until soft peaks form and its all whipped creamy.
  4. Spread over the pie then sprinkle remaining lime zest for garnish.

It is best to prepare the whipped cream a few hours before serving the pie, but well after the pie has cooled (overnight if you can, 3 hours in the fridge if you can’t). The cream needs to cool a bit to fully stiffen up, but if it sits too long it can get droopy, so its a delicate balance.

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Mikey's Key Lime Pie

   

31 comments

  1. That unsaid competition sounds like me and my husband. Lol! I bet both pies were good. Man I could totally go for a key lime pie….it seems like forever since I’ve had one!

  2. Haha I do not have anyone around to compete with though it sounds like fun ;)
    This pie is magnificent (but I will be fair can’t wait to see your one – I am partial to strawberries :D)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. That is a gorgeous pie. But I bet yours was wonderful too!

  4. So proud of my babies !!!

  5. Beautifully garnished. The gentle greens and whites of this pie are very alluring. Food as art, certainly!

  6. That is too funny! Definitely a sabotage! haha. This does look like one seriously great pie though…can’t wait to see the strawberry.

  7. I love Key Lime pie it has such a refreshing flavour. Yum. :-)

  8. I love key lime pie!! Tell Mikey he did a superb job!! It’s gorgeous!! :) Have a great weekend my friend!! ~ Ramona

  9. What a gorgeous Key Lime Pie, this looks amazing!!! :)

  10. Hi stephani!

    Your bros pie (or is it yours?) looks very tempting, now thats my kind of caliber.

    wish u a nice weekend!

  11. Man, your brother makes a mean pie! That looks to die for :)

  12. Oh this looks great! Key lime pie is super special for me. When I was in Florida last month I had a slice of pie every day….sometimes two.

  13. This does look like one mean key lime pie! It’s just beautiful. I can’t believe your family didn’t do anything about your pie! How mean. At least it turned out okay in the end!

  14. How weird is it that my little brother is Mikey ! He and I always turned things into a contest so maybe all the “mikes” out there are very competitive. I’m so glad that your pie didn’t burn though! If it’s anywhere near as delicious looking as this key lime one then I can’t wait to see it :D

  15. I really love key lime pie and this sounds so refreshing. A perfect spring treat!

  16. So. Very. Pretty. I love key lime pie, and this one looks perfect!

  17. Oh, I’m a huge fan of key lime pie! And Mikey’s recipe looks fantastic! I’d still vote for you, though ;)

  18. Ooooo, this sounds delicious. However, sounds like it’s all game on for next year! Sounds like you need an anon voting system. May I suggest an empty box with a slit in the lid and voting papers for all people involved, haha. Made me giggle.

  19. Hi, Stephanie. I’m stopping by to give you the versatile blogger award. I absolutely adore your site. Everything you make looks delicious and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  20. Both of your pies sound delicious! I had a similar experience with a tart dripping onto the bottom of the oven and it freaked me out as well! Your brother’s pie sounds delicious, but I am looking forward to that strawberry pie recipe even more ;)!

  21. Key lime pie is my dad’s favorite! (And I’d totally go for a slice of your strawberry!) I love the infused whipped cream. Definitely trying this one this summer :)

  22. Ha! That’s too funny. Sounds like the two of you had quite a competition going. Either way, I’ll bet both pies were fantastic!

  23. The story was so much fun! I am sure your pie will be as good as Mickey’s! Can’t wait to see it! This one looks really good!

  24. What a fantastic looking pie. Your brother did a superb job. I like the infused lime whipped cream, never had that before. This is my fabvorite pie by far. Congrats on the Top 9 too. Wonderful.

  25. I love key lime pie, you make it look easy to throw together! Beautiful pics as always!

  26. Key lime pie is a huge weakness of mine, it seriously is just way to good! Mikey’s key lime pie looks de-gorgeous darling!!! Hugs, Terra

  27. Please tell Mikey that he is invited over to our home anytime… :). This pie looks scrumptious!

  28. Oh my! What a creamy and luscious pie! This is quite the show stealer. :)

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  30. Oh I love key lime pie :) I can understand the competition – lol it’s there when you’re cooking with family. It may be unspoken but it’s definitely there.

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