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Frozen Key Lime Pie

Frozen Key Lime Pie. What sets this frozen pie recipe apart is the creamy filling that sets to a luscious, creamy consistency. Makes a perfect cool summer treat or welcome dessert at any time of year.

Frozen Key Lime Pie

Frozen Key Lime Pie

I’ve seen many recipes over the years for this style of frozen key lime pie. I decided to put my own twist on it with a vanilla cookie crust and a little whipped cream folded into the mix to lighten up the texture even more.

photo of limes on a white background with one cut to reveal the interior.

Lime desserts are probably tied with lemon as my favourite citrus flavours.

 

Sometimes frozen desserts can be a little annoying because they freeze hard as a rock. Then, they need to be taken out of the freezer to warm up for 20 minutes or so before serving.

Getting the timing right on those is sometimes a pain in the butt when you have guests waiting in eager anticipation.

A graham crumb crust in a springform pan holds the filling for the apple flan recipe.

A graham crumb crust in a springform pan holds the filling.

This pie doesn’t freeze terribly hard at all so it is easy to cut and has a very refreshing creamy finish. The fact that it’s frozen means that you can make it days in advance of any summer event.

Frozen Key Lime Pie

Frozen Key Lime Pie

It would be terrific to take along to any summer barbecue that you get invited to; heck make one and you are sure to get several invites. Perfect to have in the freezer to for dessert at a moment’s notice too.

It is an ideal cool summer treat, yes, but don’t just reserve it for the warmer months. Since this is quite a large dessert, it’s one you can serve anytime, even at special occasions like Thanksgiving, where it would be a welcome addition to a more traditional pie.

Frozen Key Lime Pie

Frozen Key Lime Pie

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Frozen Key Lime Pie

Frozen Key Lime Pie

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Frozen Key Lime Pie
Yield: 16 servings

Frozen Key Lime Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Frozen Key Lime Pie - What sets this frozen pie recipe apart is the creamy filling that sets to a luscious, creamy consistency.

Ingredients

For the cookie crumb crust

  • 3 cups vanilla cookie crumbs, I use Nilla cookies
  • 3/4 cup melted butter

For the pie filling

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 rounded tsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 9 extra large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Two 10 ounce cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • zest of 3 limes finely minced

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 rounded tbsp icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the cookie crumb crust

  1. Mix together the cookie crumbs and melted butter.
  2. Line the bottom of a 10 inch spring-form pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the sides.
  3. Press the cookie crumb mixture into the bottom and about 3/4 up the sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees F. Set aside to cool.

For the pie filling

  1. Whip the whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla to soft peaks and set aside in the fridge.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment in place, add the egg yolks and sugar.
  3. Whisk at high speed until light, foamy and pale yellow in color, about 5 minutes.
  4. Slowly whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and zest.
  5. Gently fold in the previously whipped cream.
  6. Pour into the prepared pie crust. Freeze overnight. Garnish with vanilla whipped cream and lime slices before serving.

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. Beat together the whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract to firm peaks. Pipe or spoon onto the perimeter of the pie as a garnish or serve a dollop on top when you serve it.

Notes

This is rather a large dessert. The recipe was designed for a large celebration dessert but if you are serving fewer people, just half the recipe and make it in a 9 or 10 inch pie plate.

This recipe needs tome to freeze so plan to make it a day ahead for best results.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1 g

Amount Per Serving Calories 475Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 15gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 183mgSodium 238mgCarbohydrates 47gSugar 36gProtein 7g

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Jean

Thursday 12th of August 2021

Had a reaction similar to others regarding raw egg yolks. Agree, somewhat, with sugar/yolk breakdown, but still skeptical even with freezing the dessert. Looked, again, at the ingredients. The one cup of lime juice should react with yolks and "cook" them similar to the chemical cooking reaction that takes place when preparing serviche. Feeling more confident serving this one. It looks delish.

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Debbie

Sunday 14th of June 2020

Hi Barry,

I normally bake with Nellie and Joe's Key Lime Juice. Do you think this would be too strong to use, rather than regular lime juice? Thank you.

Judy

Sunday 14th of June 2020

I want to make this but do not have a stand mixer with whisk attachment. What can I do?

Tracy Stone

Sunday 1st of December 2019

I'm not sure that making 16 pieces asks for 2 sweetened condensed m8lk, however reducing the quantity for 8 people still asks for 2 sweetened condensed milk. Is that correct?

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