Key Lime Pie

Mangrove Mama's is situated on Sugar Loaf Key in Key West and is almost hidden by overgrown bushes, it looks like a shack. The food inside, however, is delicious. Their Key lime pie is flawlessly creamy yet firm in consistency, accented by a perfectly balanced sweet tart flavor. It could comfort even the most troubled palate.

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  • Servings: 8 TO 10

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  • 1 3/4 cups graham-cracker crumbs (about 7 ounces)
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Two 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup Key lime juice, preferably fresh

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, stir together the graham-cracker crumbs, melted butter and cinnamon. Evenly press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until firm. Remove the crust from the oven and lower the temperature to 325°.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the cream of tartar until frothy. Stir in the condensed milk, then whisk in the Key lime juice until fully incorporated.

  3. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for about 15 minutes, or until set. Let the pie cool on a rack, then refrigerate until chilled before serving.

Make Ahead

The pie can be refrigerated overnight.

Published March 1999

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