Recipes From Disney: Key Lime Pie

Updated on April 17, 2019
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Alex is a self-proclaimed Disney expert who enjoys expanding her culinary skills in her free time.

Key lime pie is known for a sweet and tart balance. It is named after the small and flavor-packed key limes that are used to make the dessert.
Key lime pie is known for a sweet and tart balance. It is named after the small and flavor-packed key limes that are used to make the dessert.

Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie. You either love it or you hate it. There really isn't much more to it than that. I was never very fond of lime or lime-flavored things, so I never gave any thought to trying it.

After spending a hot summer day at the beach, my boyfriend and I hit up a local hot spot for seafood. What could be better than a beach day, fish tacos, and crushes (a local favorite in Virginia Beach)? Well, apparently adding key lime pie. Our waitress recommended this particular pie at the end of the meal, and my boyfriend said it was one of his favorites. Normally we don't get dessert when we eat out, so I jumped at the chance. I figured I'd give it a try. It was perfect.

To this day, I associate key lime pie with good seafood. I guess I'm not the only one since nearly every seafood restaurant in Virginia Beach has this pie on the dessert menu.

Pies have been something that have always intimidated me and my culinary skills. We frequently have potlucks at work, and one of my coworkers mentioned that she had been craving key lime pie. I happened to know that I had a recipe for it in one of my Disney cookbooks, and mentioned that I could give it a try for the next potluck. (As an aside she will be getting married in Key West and will have key lime pies instead of a wedding cake. No pressure, right?) So now I found myself needing to make a dessert that I had recently come to love, that is known for having a certain flavor. Bring it on.

Ingredients

  • 5 egg yolks, large
  • 1 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup key lime juice
  • 1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust

Adjustments

I tried two different grocery stores, but I could not find key limes or key lime juice at either. I don't know about you, but I am too busy to spend more time than that running around for limes. Thankfully, I was able to find my solution on Google.

If you mix equal parts lemon juice and lime juice (sometimes called Persian limes), you will get the sweet but tart flavor that key limes are known for. For example ,this recipe calls for 2/3 cup of key lime juice. If I were to use lemons and regular limes, I would need 1/3 cup of each.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 1 pie

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk the yolks together. Be careful to not let the yolks foam.
  3. Stirring constantly, add the sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and put pie in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the filling is set.
  5. Remove pie from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Cover and chill until very cold. Serve and enjoy.
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The yolks become bright yellow after you whisk them together. Make sure you don't whisk with too much enthusiasm, as the yolks will start to foam.A citrus juicer will make juicing the limes much easier. Of course, if you don't have the time for that you can always use store-bought juice.After you mix in the sweetened condensed milk, the mixture becomes thick and a pale yellow.The liquid becomes a pale yellow after the key lime juice is added.For some reason, I felt the need to triple this recipe the first time I made it. It did make for a great tribute to Mickey, since this is a Disney recipe.
The yolks become bright yellow after you whisk them together. Make sure you don't whisk with too much enthusiasm, as the yolks will start to foam.
The yolks become bright yellow after you whisk them together. Make sure you don't whisk with too much enthusiasm, as the yolks will start to foam.
A citrus juicer will make juicing the limes much easier. Of course, if you don't have the time for that you can always use store-bought juice.
A citrus juicer will make juicing the limes much easier. Of course, if you don't have the time for that you can always use store-bought juice.
After you mix in the sweetened condensed milk, the mixture becomes thick and a pale yellow.
After you mix in the sweetened condensed milk, the mixture becomes thick and a pale yellow.
The liquid becomes a pale yellow after the key lime juice is added.
The liquid becomes a pale yellow after the key lime juice is added.
For some reason, I felt the need to triple this recipe the first time I made it. It did make for a great tribute to Mickey, since this is a Disney recipe.
For some reason, I felt the need to triple this recipe the first time I made it. It did make for a great tribute to Mickey, since this is a Disney recipe.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 piece
Calories 350
Calories from Fat126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g22%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Carbohydrates 47 g16%
Sugar 39 g
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 148 mg49%
Sodium 239 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Keep In Mind

I based the calculations for the nutritional value of this dish upon 8 servings per pie. Of course, how many servings you get from your pie will depending upon how large you cut the pieces.

The End Product

So, this pie lives up to its name. It is full of flavor. Tart but sweet. And oh, so satisfying on a hot summer day. Did everyone love it at my work potluck? No. But as I mentioned earlier, this type of pie is not everyone's cup of tea. The people that tried it loved it. The same could be said for the pie that I sent to work with my boyfriend. So, I'll just leave it at that.

The fresh-from-the-oven pies. The smell was just fantastic! I felt like I was in the tropics.
The fresh-from-the-oven pies. The smell was just fantastic! I felt like I was in the tropics.

Jazzing Things Up

I feel that you could add on a few things to this delicious dessert, should you so wish. Add a little dark chocolate drizzle, or maybe milk chocolate if that is more your style. Top with a little whipped cream. Try freezing the pie for an even cooler summer treat. For some reason, as I was writing this, the idea for key lime pie s'mores popped into my head: Just add a little dark chocolate, top with marshmallows, and lightly torch.

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        Larry Slawson 

        5 weeks ago from North Carolina

        Looks delicious! Will definitely have to try this!

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        I love a good key lime pie. My first experience eating one was also in Florida many years ago. That is a good tip about combining lemon and lime juice if one cannot find key limes to get the typical taste of key lime pie. Generally, we can find key limes in our grocery stores here.

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