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Key Lime Pie

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  6 Hours
  Makes 8 servings
A Key lime is smaller and tarter than the supermarket variety. Most are grown in Florida and not widely available elsewhere, but this creamy pie is good made with any type of lime.
For the Pie:
Pastry for Single-Crust Pie
3 egg yolks
One 14 1/2-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2-3/4 teaspoon finely shredded Key lime peel or 1 1/2 teaspoons finely shredded regular lime peel
1/3 cup lime juice (8-10 Key limes or 2-3 regular limes)
1/2 cup water
Few drops green food coloring (optional)
For the Meringue:
3 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup sugar
Other necessary recipes:
Basic Pie Pastry
Key Lime Pie Recipe at
Prepare and roll out pastry as directed. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Trim and crimp edge of pastry. Bake pastry in a preheated 450 degrees F oven for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Meanwhile, for filling, in a bowl beat yolks well with a fork. Gradually stir in sweetened condensed milk and lime peel. Add lime juice, water, and, if desired, food coloring; mix well. (Mixture will thicken.) Spoon into hot pastry shell. Bake in the 325 degrees F oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute, or till soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed about 4 minutes more, or till mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks (tips stand straight) and sugar dissolves. Immediately spread meringue over hot pie filling, carefully spreading to edge of pastry to seal and prevent shrinkage. Bake in the 350 degrees F oven 15 minutes; cool 1 hour. Chill 3-6 hours before serving.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 8 servings
Calories: 376
Fat. Total: 15g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 52g
Sodium: 162mg
% Cal. from Fat: 36%
Cholesterol: 97mg
Protein: 8g
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