Ingredients

Crust

  • 200 grams (7 ounces) cookie crumbs
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

Filling

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 120 milliliters (0.5 cup) lime juice
  • 400 grams (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Optional Topping

  • 240 milliliters (1 cup) cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Equipment

  • Pie Pan

    A standard pie pan with low edges works best for this recipe. Ensure it's non-stick or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.

  • Oven

    Preheat your oven properly to ensure even baking. An oven thermometer can help you ensure the correct temperature.

  • Mixing Bowls

    You'll need separate bowls for mixing the crust and the filling. Stainless steel bowls are a great choice as they are durable and easy to clean.

  • Electric Mixer

    A hand mixer or stand mixer will make it easier to beat the egg yolks and whip the cream. Ensure all attachments are clean and dry before use.

  • Zester and Juicer

    A good-quality zester and juicer will help you extract maximum flavor from the limes. Use fresh limes for the best results.

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare the Crust

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
2. Mix the cookie crumbs with melted butter.
3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a pie pan, forming a crust with low edges.
4. Bake for 5 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and let cool.

Step 2

Make the Filling

1. Grate the lime zest and squeeze the lime juice.
2. Beat the egg yolks with a mixer for 2 minutes.
3. Add lime zest and sweetened condensed milk to the yolks.
4. Mix thoroughly.
5. Pour the mixture into the crust.

Step 3

Bake and Chill

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F).
2. Bake the pie for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
4. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours.

Step 4

Optional Topping

1. Whip the cold heavy cream with powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
2. Serve the pie with the whipped cream on top.

Servings

🍋 Serve your lime pie chilled, with dollops of whipped cream on top for an added touch of elegance and sweetness. A few lime zest strands or thin lime slices can make your pie visually stunning and even more enticing.

🌞 This pie is perfect for a sunny afternoon picnic or a light summer dessert after a hearty meal. The zest and creaminess balance out perfectly, making every bite a delightful experience.

🍽️ Pair it with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a glass of chilled white wine to make your dessert experience truly unforgettable. The subtle acidity and sweetness of the lime pie beautifully complement these beverages.

📸 Don't forget to snap a pic of your creation and share it on social media. You'll be the envy of your followers in no time! Use #ZestyLimePie to join the community of lime pie lovers.

Variations

🌱 Gluten-Free Version: 🥧 Switch the cookie crumbs with gluten-free cookie crumbs or almond flour. Make sure to check the labels to guarantee they are certified gluten-free.

🌱 Vegan Version: 🍰 Use coconut milk condensed milk instead of regular condensed milk and replace the egg yolks with a vegan egg replacer like applesauce or mashed bananas. For the crust, opt for vegan butter and vegan cookie crumbs.

Faq

  • Can I use bottled lime juice instead of fresh limes?

    While bottled lime juice is convenient, fresh limes provide a more vibrant flavor. Use fresh limes for the best results.

  • How do I prevent my crust from being too crumbly?

    Ensure you mix the cookie crumbs and melted butter thoroughly. If the mixture seems too dry, add a bit more melted butter until it holds together when pressed.

  • Can I make the pie ahead of time?

    Yes, this pie can be made a day in advance. Just refrigerate it and add the whipped cream topping right before serving.

  • Can I freeze this lime pie?

    Yes, you can freeze the pie without the whipped cream topping. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

  • How do I know if the pie filling is set?

    The filling should have a slight jiggle in the center when you remove it from the oven. It will fully set as it cools and is refrigerated.

  • Can I use other citrus fruits in this recipe?

    Absolutely! You can substitute lime with lemon or even a mix of citrus fruits for a unique twist. Just ensure you adjust the quantity of juice and zest as needed.

Nutrition facts

Refreshing Lime Pie
Recipe Yield:8 servings
Calories:Approximately 425 calories per serving
Calories (Min - Max):400 - 450
Total Fat:25g
Saturated Fat:15g
Protein:6g
Total Carbohydrate:40g
Total Sugars:30g