Key Lime Pie with Chocolate-Almond Crust

“I’ve learned how to bake without proper tools but nothing replaces the Microplane for doing things like grating lime zest,” says teen blogger and dessert aficionado, Elissa Bernstein.


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  • Servings: Makes one 10-inch pie
  • Time(Other): plus 6 hrs chilling

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  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing
  • 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (from 9 whole crackers)
  • 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice, preferably key lime juice (from 25 key limes)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • Two 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten
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  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cold sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Key lime slices, for garnish (optional)

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the crust

    Preheat the oven to 375° and butter a 10-inch glass pie plate. In a food processor, pulse the graham cracker crumbs with the ground almonds and sugar until thoroughly blended. Add the melted butter and pulse until the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the side of the pie plate to form the crust. Bake for about 20 minutes, just until the almonds are lightly browned. Let the crust cool to room temperature.

  2. Meanwhile, make the filling

    In a bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lime zest, condensed milk and eggs until smooth. Pour the filling into the cooled crust and bake for about 20 minutes, until set around the edge and slightly jiggly in the center. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until very firm, at least 6 hours or overnight.

  3. Make the whipped cream

    In a bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the heavy cream and sour cream until soft peaks form, 2 minutes. Beat in the sugar until stiff peaks form, 1 minute. Mound the whipped cream on the pie. Garnish with the key lime slices and serve.

Photo © John Kernick Published January 2012

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