Key Lime Pie

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Oh this week. So much rain. So much sad.

From where we are right now, summer holidays seem like an insurmountable obstacle course away, and so I made a key lime pie. It’s been one of our favourite things to eat out on the west coast, in Tofino, at SoBo ever since it was a little purple food truck in the back of a gravelly parking lot (where Tacofino is now) and when it occupied the restaurant space at the botanical gardens I was pregnant with W, and the only thing that seemed even slightly palatable was wedges of their tangy-sour pie. We still stop to pick up pieces to go – unassuming wedges of pale yellow on graham crust in little cardboard carryout bowls, topped with whipped cream.

When I slid a slice across the table to Mike the other night at dusk, he took a bite and said, “this tastes like the ocean”.

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Key Lime Pie


July 16, 2016



1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup butter, melted


1 can sweetened condensed milk

4 large egg yolks

1/2 cup fresh or bottled Key lime juice (or regular lime juice)

sweetened whipped cream, for serving


1Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2In a medium bowl, stir together the graham crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9-inch (not deep dish) pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes, or until just pale golden around the edges.

3In another medium bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks until smooth. Whisk in the lime juice - the mixture will thicken slightly. Pour into the crust and bake for 15 minutes, until just set.

4Cool, then refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight. Serve topped with whipped cream.

5Serves 8.


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7 comments on “Key Lime Pie

  1. Avery
    July 17, 2016 at 7:49 am

    This is my favourite pie. Thanks <3

    • Julie
      July 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Mine too! I’d bring you some, but….

  2. Carol S-B
    July 17, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Seriously? this easy? Dang!
    Thanks for keeping it going, babe. I need a taste of summer holidays, too.

  3. Lana
    July 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Well that just looks so easy!! John and the girls and I were just discussing how to make a cross-country road trip work financially and time-wise. This post is a sign that it needs to happen! I need to bring my girls to Tofino. Perhaps I’ll make this pie for the planning talks…

  4. Jen
    July 23, 2016 at 9:41 am

    We were just in Bowen Island and they have an organic pie shop. There was no key lime but there was chocolate banana cream pie which we tried. When I came home and had to make it cause the piece on Bowen Island, though delicious, was far too small!! I can imagine both key lime and chocolate banana will taste like the ocean to me now!!

    • Julie
      July 24, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      WHAT. Now I have to go over to Bowen Island!!

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