Key lime pie

Key lime pie

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(97 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Serves 8
Lime, cream and a buttery biscuit base - this zesty oven-baked treat makes a refreshing and indulgent end to a meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal695
  • fat50.8g
  • saturates27.8g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars37.4g
  • fibre2.1g
  • protein8.8g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 300g Hob Nobs
  • 150g butter, melted
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  • 1 x 397g tin condensed milk (we used Nestlé)
  • 3 medium egg yolks
  • finely grated zest and juice of 4 limes
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  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • extra lime zest, to decorate
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Method

  1. Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Whizz the biscuits to crumbs in a food processor (or put in a strong plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin). Mix with the melted butter and press into the base and up the sides of a 22cm loose-based tart tin. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and cool.

  2. Put the egg yolks in a large bowl and whisk for a minute with electric beaters. Add the condensed milk and whisk for 3 minutes then add the zest and juice and whisk again for 3 minutes. Pour the filling into the cooled base then put back in the oven for 15 minutes. Cool then chill for at least 3 hours or overnight if you like.

  3. When you are ready to serve, carefully remove the pie from the tin and put on a serving plate. To decorate, softly whip together the cream and icing sugar. Dollop or pipe the cream onto the top of the pie and finish with extra lime zest.

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Suzi D
5th Apr, 2015
5.05
Half hob nobs and half ginger nuts for the base worked a treat. The gingery flavour really goes well with the lime. We just had the cream on the side and I can't imagine you'd need to put the sugar into the cream, it was sweet enough. Everyone loved it, not a crumb left and the serving knife scraped clean!
kirstinmurray
8th Mar, 2015
3.8
Made this pie 10 days before it was needed and then froze it - worked out very well. I used 4 limes (fairly small ones) and it had a sharp zesty flavour. I personally think you need the sharpness of the limes to tone down the sweetness. For me this pie was too sweet - it is fine in small slices but is very rich and a little sickly. The recipe is easy to make and seems to freeze well but I don't think I will make it again.
Kitty3777
26th Dec, 2014
5.05
Made it using a packet of ginger nuts for the base and without the cream and it worked brilliantly. I left it in the oven for at least half an hour by mistake and it still came out fine. I didn't press the biscuit base around the sides but i would try harder to do so next time as the filling glued itself to the side of the tin and didn't look so appetising but tasted yummy which is what matters!
helen707
19th Oct, 2014
5.05
Feared it may be very sickly but the lime zest and juice stops that. Like another reader I reduced the butter and cream ( and used unsweetened cream too) but it is lovely. I have just bought some oreo bics ready crushed and plan to try that as a base next, hob nobs work fine, as would digestives I imagine. Looks great too!
TheSplendidChef
17th Oct, 2014
Check out my guide on YouTube, I hope it helps! http://youtu.be/Y1TIFOj4XBw
Tinny29
16th Oct, 2014
5.05
You can use any biscuit on the base. Really easy dessert. I always add extra lime. Don't need as much double cream on top as it's very filling. Lovely summer pudding.
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zoesmum025
5th Oct, 2014
5.05
I've always been curious about this dessert. It's gorgeous! I usually don't like a biscuit base but baking it a little first really made the difference.
SCD80
31st Aug, 2014
5.05
Delicious! I made for a party and once the first slice had been eaten it was gone within half and hour. I used 110g of butter as suggested in previous comments but I think next time I will use 120g - 130g as I found the base to be a little too hard. I used 4 limes and it was perfect for me.
annak19
30th Aug, 2014
5.05
Absolutely delicious. A few tweaks make it perfect; reduced the butter in the base by approx 50g, substituted 1/2 the hobnobs for ginger nuts which added another lovely flavour. Changed the whipped cream for a meringue topping which was perfection. Really well balanced dessert not too sweet - a firm favourite with all the family. We were just disappointed I didn't make two.
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sw89
24th Aug, 2014
5.05
What a success! I used 3 limes and it was perfectly limey. I found I had way too many biscuits to fill the base with so I would recommend only using 250g. Went down very well indeed.

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