If you have ever been to Publix, then you can relate to this… their key lime pie is wonderful. It has a very distinct taste. So, I tried several different recipes and I think this one tastes just like a Publix Key Lime Pie. It is so simple to make, that you will make this every chance you get.
Whisk sweetened condensed milk and lime juice until smooth. I use two cans of sweetened condensed milk because it will fill the pie crust nicely. If you half the recipe, it will fill the pie crust only about half way… then you could fill the rest with whipped topping; your choice.
Pour into a store bought graham cracker crust.
Chill for several hours until firm. It will loose its firmness if you leave it out… not like the pie won’t get eaten right away…
Once firm, toast almonds in a skillet until just toasted. Set aside to cool Then put whipped topping along the outside edge of the pie. Once the almonds are cool sprinkle them on the outside edge of the whipped topping. This is what makes the Publix Key Lime Pie an original… the toasted almonds. It really adds a nice crunch to this wonderful sweet pie.
I was slightly surprised how this pie came together. My “go-to” recipe is custard based; meaning it has eggs and then is baked in the oven. Just mixing sweetened condensed milk and lime juice I didn’t think it would firm up and have a key lime pie texture, but it worked out very well. So, in the hot summer months, we can still have key lime pie and I don’t have to turn on the oven!
2 cans (14oz each) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup lime juice (I use Nellie’s & Joe’s Key Lime Juice – easy to find in most stores)
1 graham cracker crust
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Redi Whip – or any whipped topping of your choice
** Note – If you want to half the recipe then only use one can of sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup lime juice.