Key Lime Bars or Pie

Key Lime Bars

I first realized how much I enjoyed Key Lime Pie when we were visiting the town of Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia. We got some Frozen Key Lime Pie, that was dipped in chocolate, in a store there. I fell in love. It was so good! This is coming from someone who does not enjoy citrus much (you’ll notice my recipes rarely, if ever, have lemon in them).

I’ve made it at home several times now. This is my favorite recipe, of all I’ve tried. You can make it into a pie. Or bars. I like bars because I find them easier to cut than a pie. Freeze the bars or pie and dip in some melted chocolate and you have a really decadent treat. Seriously, so good.

The best part is that this is really easy to make. I don’t like complicated recipes, I don’t have time for them. My kids even enjoy these bars – yum! So I guess I don’t get stuck eating the entire pan myself. (I guess this is good and bad. Good for my waistline, bad for my tastebuds)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup ground graham crackers crumbs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 4 tsp lime zestĀ (2-4 limes, depending on size)

 

Directions

Heat oven to 350.

Grease an 8×8 pan or a pie pan. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter together in a bowl. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of your pan. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside

With a whisk attachment of an electric mixer, whisk your egg yolks for 2 minutes. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and whisk another 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest. With the mixer on low, drizzle in the lime juice. Mix another 2 minutes. Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on rack. Filling will set as it cools. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled. Top with whipped cream and extra zest (if desired).
Key Lime Bars

Key Lime Bars

Key Lime Bars or Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup ground graham crackers crumbs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 4 tsp lime zest (2-4 limes, depending on size)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Grease an 8x8 pan or a pie pan.
  3. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter together in a bowl.
  4. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of your pan.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside
  6. With a whisk attachment of an electric mixer, whisk your egg yolks for 2 minutes.
  7. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and whisk another 2 minutes.
  8. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest.
  9. With the mixer on low, drizzle in the lime juice. Mix another 2 minutes.
  10. Pour into crust.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes.
  12. Cool on rack. Filling will set as it cools.
  13. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  14. Serve chilled. Top with whipped cream and extra zest (if desired).
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