So just like Easter dinner, the choice for dessert was left up to my father. I was surprised to get a request for key lime pie, as I've never made one before, and I don't remember my father ever talking about any desire for it in the past. A quick look through a few of my favorite baking websites and I discovered the winning recipe over at the Joy of Baking. I've never been let down by any recipe I've baked from the site, so it made the decision a little easier.
The key, no pun intended, to a quality version is getting key limes. Key limes are quite a bit smaller than your average lime, loaded with seeds, and are both stronger and more bitter than their larger cousin. While I read on many sites that it is ok to substitute fresh lime juice from regular everyday limes, it really does make a difference.
I was happy to discover this is an extremely easy pie to put together. Your basic graham cracker crust (butter, sugar, graham crumbs) goes together in a jiffy and is pressed into a pie plate. The filling is just a matter of whipping a few egg yolks, slowly blending in a can of sweetened condensed milk and finally when the mixture is fluffy, incorporating the key lime juice and a bit of zest. You then fill your crust and bake for 10 minutes. Top with either merangiue or whip cream and your done.
This may be the easiest pie I've ever put together. Plus in researching the pie, I discovered from Wikipedia that Key lime pie;