Kendra's Key Lime Pie Recipe

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This Key Lime Pie recipe is tops! It's an easy pie recipe. Really! If you're looking for party dessert recipes or easy cake ideas for guests and family, give Kendra's pie a try. You can cheat with a store-bought graham cracker crust pie shell, which is fast and convenient. Or, for a little bit more work. you can get the much superior homemade taste with a mixture of graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter.

Kendra Thornton (Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife, and mama of 3) sent in this special Hawaiian recipe. I'll let her fill you in on why this dessert is so special to her, right below the recipe.

Kendra's Key Lime Pie Recipe

Ingredients for Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • approx. 1/3 cup sugar
  • approx. 1/3 cup melted butter

Ingredients for Key Lime Filling:

  • 3 egg yolks (without the whites)
  • 3 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 - 1 cup (or more) fresh key lime juice


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Put 1 1/2 cup  of graham cracker crumbs in a bowl, adding a little bit at a time of sugar and melted butter, no more than 1/3 cup of each until it is sweet enough and just sticky enough to form the pie shell. 
  • Press it into an 8 or 9-inch pie pan so it covers the bottom and sides. Bake for about 10 minutes and remove it so it can cool to room temperature.
  • Mix the egg yolks in a bowl until smooth, then add in the condensed milk and stir until well blended. 
  • Add key lime juice until it's tart enough to your taste. Some people like it sweeter, I like it just this side of sour. 
  • Pour the mixture into your pie shell and bake in a preheated oven at 325º for 20-25 minutes, be sure to check it periodically until small bubbles burst on the top. Never let a key lime pie brown!
  • Cool the pie on a rack for 10-15 minutes, and then chill it until your guests are ready for a delicious and easy Hawaiian dessert! I hope you enjoy this little treat just as much my family does; my kids absolutely love it!

Taking the Taste of Hawaii Back Home: Key Lime Pie

It’s these winter months that draw my memory back to a time when I stayed at the Kapalua Resort, one of the top hotels in Maui. The resort consists of 22,000 luscious acres and is put right in the middle of one of Hawaii's largest nature preserves. 

There were several white sandy beaches, two marine wildlife sanctuaries and two world famous golf courses, so it covers all the bases for singles, couples, or families looking for things to do.

While my family and I were there, we went to the Plantation House Restaurant, recommended by a friend that had already been.

She had told us to save it for late in our trip, bragging that none of the other places would compare afterward.

I shouldn't have doubted her as it was amazing, and of all the delicious meals, the Key Lime Pie left the most lasting impression.

Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife, and mama of 3.

I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home.

I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes. Enjoy!

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