Just in time for Pi Day

In honor of Pi Day I thought I’d share with you one of my easiest and tastiest pie recipes: Key lime pie.* Be warned this recipe is sooo good that it will make you a Key lime pie snob. No one in my family bothers to order Key lime pie at a restaurant anymore. On the bright side it’s so easy a child could make it.

Key Lime Pie

1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
6 T butter, melted
3 T sugar

Combine all three ingredients and press gently into a pie pan. Bake at 350º for 10 minutes. While the crust bakes mix together the filling.

1 can sweetened and condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1 T lime zest
½ cup squeezed lime juice (about four limes)*

Whisk together and pour in the baked crust. Bake for another 15 min. Let cool completely. (I often store the pie in the freezer until 30 min. before serving. I’ve kept Key lime pies in the freezer for more than a month with great results.)

1 ½ cups heavy cream chilled (sometimes I whip the whole pint because whipped cream is always a good idea.)
3 T sugar

Whip cream and sugar. Mound cream on pie, making swirls with the spatula. Garnish with thinly cut limes.

Enjoy! Happy Pi Day!

* The name Key lime is a misnomer because I don’t actually bother with Key limes. I’ve tried a couple of times and after wasting hours juicing authentic Key limes I’m convinced that the flavor isn’t any better than with normal limes which only take a few minutes to juice. It is, however, critical that you use freshly squeezed lime juice. The store-bought juice in a bottle will not cut it.

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Ruth is the happily married mother of four. One daughter is married and lives in Utah, another is serving a mission in Massachusetts. Her two sons,16 and 14, keep life exciting at home in San Diego. She shares her love of all things bookish on Instagram @literally.ruth.mitchell and recently published her first YA novel, Deleted. On Ruby Girl she plans to recommend uplifting fiction, as well as document real-life Latter-Day Saint love stories.

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  • Clara S.
    March 19, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    My math class and I celebrated Pi day in class by eating apple pie in class. My math teacher tough us about what pi is. When I saw this pie recipe and it looked soo good, I have never had Key Lime pie so this will be something new for me to try with my family! 🙂

  • Peyton Kilgrow
    March 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I really love the tropical fruits, or just fruit pies in general. The chocolate always seems to make me a bit sick because of its richness. I also like this because in my foods class we have to do a thing at the end of the semester where we have to cook something we eat in the summer withe friends or families. Fruit pies seem to be just those things we eat in the summer.