But Sugar is Sweeter

Quick and Light Key Lime Pie

I know there are about 400 different recipes available for key lime pie.  I have made my fair share of them, but it seems that I always go back to this recipe.  It is not particularly traditional and it certainly takes some short cuts, but I think that’s why I like it.  It’s easy to put together, doesn’t require a huge list from the grocery store and still tastes better than any store-bought version.  In fact, I can remember making this on more than one occasion while we were vacationing at the beach without access to my usual kitchen repetoire.  If you are having trouble finding key lime juice with the other drinks, try looking in the cocktail aisle as sometimes I’ve found  it there. This pie  also happens to be a lightened version, which no one would know, but generally just gives you an excuse to eat more than one piece :-).

I know that summer is coming to a close, but perhaps if you are looking for something to take to a labor day bbq today, you could have this ready in time.  Besides, I would guess that we might be blessed with a few more hotter than h-e-double hockey sticks days  before summer officially goes away.  And heck,  this pie is so good that no one is going to complain if you serve it in the middle of fall at thanksgiving dinner.

Quick and Light Key Lime Pie

– Makes 1 9-inch pie

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice (I use Nellie and Joes)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1 (14 oz) can reduced fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 reduced fat graham cracker crust (6 oz)
  • 2 cups lite whipped topping, thawed

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Beat eggs and egg whites with a mixer on medium until well blended.  Add juice, lime rind and milk and blend.

3. Pour mixture into crust and bake for 20 minutes.  Center should be almost set, but will set more as it cools.

4. Cool pie on wire rack.  Transfer to refrigerator and chill for 4+ hours.  Top with cool whip before serving.

Slightly adapted from Cooking Light


3 responses

  1. Jeanne Travaglianti

    Key Lime Pie is an absolute favorite, and I don’t have a recipe to go to. Thanks for sharing this easy, light version … will definitely try it!

    Happy Labor Day!

    September 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

  2. Leslie Scudiere

    This is one of my favorite flavors! I think I am going to love this recipe! I have a lime tree in Arizona! All of the limes ripen at once and I am always looking for ways to use them. I often freeze the juice. Thanks !

    September 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  3. Kathy Nagel

    This is a great idea!! I always enjoy key lime pie for dessert after a seafood dinner!!

    September 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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