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Key Lime Pie with Grand Marnier® Whipped Cream

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Indulge in the decadence of Lucy Buffett’s Key Lime Pie, a recipe that promises to satisfy every sweet tooth. Crafted by the renowned restaurateur, this pie boasts a homemade graham cracker crust and a luscious filling with key lime juice and a touch of Grand Marnier®. Topped off with a delightful Grand Marnier® whipped topping, it’s a truly indulgent treat. Known for its smooth, creamy texture and the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness, this Key Lime Pie is a Southern masterpiece.

Mini Key Lime pie topped with whipped cream.

This recipe for Key Lime Pie that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth comes from restaurateur Lucy Buffett. Her recipe includes directions for a homemade graham cracker crust, a filling made with key lime juice and Grand Marnier®, and Grand Mariner® whipped topping making for a truly decadent treat. Buffett’s recipe is known for its smooth, creamy texture and the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.

Ingredients

For this sweet and creamy pie recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups graham crackers, finely-crushed
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup Key lime juice freshly squeezed if available
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • Grand Marnier ® Whipped Cream recipe below
  • 1 lime thinly sliced for garnish

GRAND MARNIER ® WHIPPED CREAM

  • ½ pint heavy cream well chilled
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier ® liqueur optional

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a small mixing bowl and press evenly into a 9-inch pie pan with your hands or the back of a spoon. Bake the pie crust for 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Set it aside to cool.

In a small mixing bowl, dissolve gelatin in cold water, stir, and set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, combine egg yolks and lime juice and stir over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until slightly thick and very hot. Be careful – you don’t want it to come to a full boil.

Add softened gelatin to the lime juice mixture. Whisk well for 1 minute or until gelatin is dissolved.

Place the saucepan in a large bowl filled with ice. When completely cool, gradually whisk in condensed milk, stirring until blended well and the mixture becomes thick.

Spoon into graham cracker crust and spread evenly. Cover the filling with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

For the whipped topping, combine cream, sugar, and liqueur in a mixing bowl. Whip with an electric mixer on high until cream holds peaks. Be careful not to over-whip cream or it will separate. The cream is properly whipped when you can drag a finger through it and a trough remains.

When ready to serve, top pie with fresh Grand Marnier ® Whipped Cream and lime slices.

Key Lime Pie With Grand Mariner® Whipped Cream

Creamy and luscious, Lucy Buffett’s Key Lime Pie is a great way of enjoying the official dessert of the Florida Keys at home.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 1 Pie
Calories: 566kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham-crackers finely-crushed
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup Key lime juice freshly squeezed if available
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • Grand Marnier ® Whipped Cream recipe below
  • 1 lime thinly sliced for garnish

GRAND MARNIER ® WHIPPED CREAM

  • ½ pint heavy cream well chilled
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier ® liqueur optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a small mixing bowl.
  • Press evenly into a 9-inch pie pan with hands or the back of a spoon.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Set aside to cool.
  • In a small mixing bowl, dissolve gelatin in cold water, stir, and set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine egg yolks and lime juice and stir over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until slightly thick and very hot. Be careful not to bring to a full boil.
  • Add softened gelatin to lime juice mixture. Whisk well for 1 minute or until gelatin is dissolved.
  • To quickly cool mixture, place saucepan in a large bowl filled with ice.
  • When completely cool, gradually whisk in condensed milk, stirring until blended well and mixture become thick.
  • Spoon into graham cracker crust and spread evenly.
  • Cover filling with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • When ready to serve, top pie with fresh Grand Marnier ® Whipped Cream and lime slices.
  • In a stainless steel mixing bowl, combine cream, sugar and liqueur.
  • Whip with an electric mixer on high until cream holds peaks. Be careful not to over-whip cream or it will separate. Cream is properly whipped when you can drag a finger through it and a trough remains.

Notes

Recipe from LuLu’s Kitchen: A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life by Lucy Buffett, copyright 2007, 2016 and reprinted with permission.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 194mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g
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LuLu’s Kitchen Cookbook

When I pick up LuLu’s Kitchen: A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life and start to read, I am transported to the beautiful beaches of Alabama. I can picture my toes in the sand, a tasty Margarita in one hand, and a piece of spicy fried shrimp in the other. It’s like I am sitting next to a long-lost friend and being filled in on what has been happening.

LuLus Kitchen cookbook.

LuLu’s Kitchen made its way to my door a few weeks ago and I have already made the recipe for Perfect Fried Shrimp twice. It was so good that my husband said that he, “would pay for that.” In fact, I think it is the best fried shrimp I have ever had. (Thanks, LuLu!)

This cookbook has more than just the shrimp recipe – it has over 120 family recipes, party menus, as well as humorous stories peppered throughout.

Lulu's Shrimp on a plate with a lemon wedge.

I like how at the beginning of the book is a quote by Julia Child that we all should take to heart – “Above all, have a good time.” That could sum up the coastal lifestyle, which LuLu describes so well in her stories throughout the book.

LuLu includes recipes for everything from marinades to seasoning to stocks in the chapter called How to LuLu (LuLu Essentials). Continuing on, there is a chapter called Cocktail Hour that is devoted to specialty drinks such as Bama Breeze, The “Mo-Perfect Margarita,” LuLu’s Rum Punch, Key Lime Martini, The Best Bloody Mary, and quite a few more that are certain to wet your whistle.

The book also has recipes for starters and snacks, gumbos and soups, salads, desserts, recipes that kids will enjoy, a small chapter devoted to grits, and dinner party menus.

The book is filled with beautiful full-color pictures, mouthwatering recipes, and dinner inspiration. I see myself turning to this book whenever I am in the mood for seafood, an “adult” beverage, or a sweet treat.

I never realized how easy it is to make a Key Lime Pie until I tried LuLu’s recipe. Now you can, too – I have been permitted to share the recipe with you.

Mini Key Lime Pies on a table.

*The pies you see pictured above were made using miniature pie crusts (6) instead of the homemade crust.

Lucy Buffett is a restaurateur of the award-winning, fun-loving LuLu’s which serves more than one million guests a year at two locations, one in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and the other in Destin, Florida.

Lucy has also been recognized for her tireless work on behalf of sustainability and the environment. However, the greatest passion of this self-proclaimed gypsy rebel and reluctant entrepreneur is cooking good food for the people she loves.

LuLu’s Kitchen: A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life (formerly Crazy Sista Cooking) is her first cookbook and is full of recipes and stories that made her restaurant the famous destination it is today. You can find more information on Lucy at www.LucyBuffett.com and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


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