Key Lime Pie

The Key Lime ( Citrus aurantifolia Swingle ), also referred to as a Mexican Lime,  bears a profuse amount of small, thin-skinned, greenish-yellow limes.  This juicy lime is known for it's distinctive aroma high-acid content.

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (3 to 4 limes)

4 teaspoons grated lime zest

4 egg yolks

1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

11 graham crackers

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

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 degrees.

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.

Some of you might like to serve it with a whipped cream topping or a meringue topping, but I prefer keeping it simple. 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.

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