Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mini Key Lime Pies

For Christmas, my mom got me this adorable mini cheesecake pan. The bottoms pop out! Genius. It's been three months, but I finally took this guy for a test drive. I knew what I wanted my first recipe to be while opening this gift: mini key lime pies.

Make sure you use KEY limes. They pack so much flavor!

These little bites are creamy, sweet, and tart. A breath of fresh air to winter and a cool keynote - keyLIMEnote - to summer, these mini key lime pies will disappear quickly after you make them, to be sure. You could jazz them up in so many ways: whipped cream, mint, blackberry sauce, scoop of ice cream; but I decided to simply garnish with key lime slices. Enjoy!
Mini Key Lime Pies
adapted from Martha Stewart

yields 2 dozen mini pies (or 2 boring, regular-sized pies)

3 cups honey graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sicks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 can (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk
6 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons grated key lime zest
1 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter in a bowl (I used my fingers). Press into the bottoms of the mini cheesecake pan. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.

Whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, key lime zest, and key lime juice in a bowl. Pour into the prepared, cooled crust.

Return mini pies to oven, and bake until the center is set but still quivers when the pan is nudged, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Serve.
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  1. Oh, these are so adorable. Now I just need one of those pans... :)

  2. They look very tempting and flavorful!

  3. These are quite tempting and beautiful. Great colors! Great photos!

  4. It stinks that key limes have such a short season. I think they have already came and went in my local supermarket and I just missed them. I made a key lime pie last week but used regular limes. It was really good but I agree it would have been better with key limes.

    I just love your mini version! I need one of those pans!

  5. Oh I need to find one of those pans! These mini key lime pies look awesome =)

  6. So pretty! These make me long for a mini cheesecake pan!

  7. They look delish! I really need some of those pans!

  8. Question... are those candied lime slices? Are they intended to be eaten?

    1. They are just garnishes. I like limes, so I'd eat them :)

  9. Can anyone here tell me the recipe for a Beautiful Lovey Anita Peleaz's Key Lime Pies? It would make my husband very happy. Thanks, Jessica

  10. I'll be making these this weekend. Do I need to spray the pan or do the mini pies come out pretty easily?


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