(Key) Lime Pie

Amerikanischer Key Lime Pie

Today we have American (key) lime pie. This pie is traditionally from Floriday and hence uses the limes from the keys in Florida. Key limes are smaller and sweeter in flavor than regular limes. However, since I am located in Germany and can’t get hold of key limes, we are going to use regular limes for this lime pie. I personally love serving a citrus dish in winter. I love this tart and refreshing flavor on a winter day. You don’t even need to make whipping cream, you can also enjoy this pie in its very pure and simple form. I like it best on day 3.

Amerikanischer Key Lime PieYes, I had the chance to eat key lime pie in the U.S. However, I often find North American recipes too sweet for my German tastebuds. Especially during these days where people try to reduce their sugar intake, I felt that I could not introduce key lime pie on my blog. The main reason for this being that the sugar comes from the sweetened condensed milks. It is close to impossible reducing the sugar amount here. At least this is what I thought. However, then I came across the recipe from Kind Arthur Baking and realized that they actually use only one can of sweetened condensed milk instead of two. So this was already only half the amount compared to other recipes I found. Additionally, many of the comments by American readers mentioned that it was very tart and tangy. So I figured I ‘d give it a go.

Amerikanischer Key Lime PieSince my husband loves anything with citrus fruits, I have a lot of recipes on my blog. You may enjoy these double lemon cupcakes, blueberry lemon cupcakes, lemon tart from France, blueberry lemon cake, elderflower lemon cake, lemon souffle, pavlova with lemon curd, or lemon cookies. Yes, I do have the classic lemon meringue pie on my blog. For some reason I prefer lime pies in winter. Maybe you would like to try a super tangy and tart recipe from Florida?

Amerikanischer Key Lime PieCredit: King Arthur Baking

(Key) Lime Pie

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Serves: One pie
Prep Time: 25min Cooking Time: 25min Total Time: 50min

This (key) lime pie isa tart pie with a Graham cracker crust.


  • 150 grams Graham crackers
  • 70 grams of butter
  • Juice of about 8-10 juicy limes (it should be about 150 grams) and zest of one (you can also buy organic lime juice)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 can (397 grams) sweetened condensed milk
  • 100 grams of heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 15 grams of white sugar



Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.


Either crush the Graham crackers in a sealed zip-lock bag using a rolling pin or in the food processor. Melt the butter and mix with crushed crackers.


Press into a pie form or if you don't have, a springform of about 20-23cm. I like pressing the crust down with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 15min.


Meanwhile take zest from one lime and set aside, then juice it and all other limes to have about 150 grams of lime juice. Set aside.


Beat the egg yolks with the lime zest for about three minutes. Then add the milk and beat for five minutes or until thick and creamy. Slowly add the lime juice, the batter will thicken. Fold several times and then let sit for half an hour at room temperature. The mixture should become even thicker. This is normal.


Fill the prepared pie form (it is OK if it still is warm) and bake for 25min at 160 degrees. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour before transferring to the fridge.


The next day beat the heavy cream with all remaining ingredients and pipe on roses or other patterns. The pie will become more tangy over time. I like it best the second or third day.

Amerikanischer Key Lime Pie

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  • Reply
    Sunday February 7th, 2021 at 07:29 PM

    Der Kuchen war echt lecker und wird bestimmt nochmal gemacht. Leider war meine Form zu groß und daher die Füllung etwas zu dünn verteilt. Bein nächsten Mal einfach eine kleinere Form nutzen.

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      Sunday February 7th, 2021 at 07:49 PM

      Meine hat 20 oder max 23 cm. Was ist der Durchmesser von deiner?

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    Saturday March 20th, 2021 at 06:14 PM

    Hallo Jenny, ich kannte diese Art von Pie noch gar nicht, aber hab mir während des Lockdowns eine Pieform (9 inch) gekauft und backe mich seitdem durch ein paar Pie-Rezepte(Apple pie, blueberry pie, lemon curd..). Ich hab speziell nach einer deutschen Version der Key Lime Pie (mit nicht katastrophal viel Zucker) gesucht und Deine gefunden. Muß sagen, sie ist fantastisch geworden! Mein irischer Mann war total begeistert, für ihn sind amerik. Rezepte auch zu süß. Für ihn der beste Pie bislang.
    Habe statt Graham Crackers Leibniz-Volkornkekse genommen (war gut), statt Butter eine pflanzliche Version (weil gerade vorhanden), alles andere hab ich genau so gemacht. Aus den deutschen Limetten kommt nicht viel raus, war froh, daß ich neben 4 Limetten auch noch Saft gekauft hatte. Also mein Tip für Faule: kauft einfach Saft und nehmt ein-zwei Biolimetten für die Deko.

    Sahne hab ich mit Sahnesteif + Vanillezucker etwas abgewandelt, aber Deine Zuckermenge sah genau perfekt aus und hat uns zu der säuerlichen Limettenschicht richtig gut geschmeckt. Super Rezept! Abgesehen von der Kühlphase über Nacht auch schnell zu machen, die Zubereitung war einfach. Dankeschön!

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      Saturday March 20th, 2021 at 06:18 PM

      Sehr gerne! Ich mache sie auch mit Vollkornkeksen. Werde die Anmerkung zu den Limetten einarbeiten, danke!

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