Monday, May 18, 2020

Key Lime Pie with Pretzel Crust

 How about taking a little vacation by eating some Key Lime Pie?  This one is a little different because of the pretzel crust, which complements the sweet/tart flavor of the filling. My little frog planter has been with me since 1985, when neighbors gave it to me when we left Ohio.  My shamrock plant survived being outside for over a year. 

 This pretty teacup was another one of my beloved Mom's.  The saucer has the same pretty bouquet underneath the cup.  

This teacup is Cissy's favorite, and was a gifted to me in a teacup exchange.  One day, Cissy will be gifted it.

You only need a small slice of this pie to satsify your sweet tooth.

My grandson, Caiden, celebrated his 15th birthday this week.  He's taller than my daughter and I now!

Just look at this cake that Riley, Cissy, and my daughter, Molly, made for him!!  Isn't it clever with the candy pouring down on top of the cake?  Caiden LOVES candy!  When he cut into it, candy poured out of it! 

My granddaughter, Avery, turned 13, and I was able to pick her up for a birthday dinner date. We did takeout from Chick Fil A (her choice).   Avery loves cannolis, so I made her a cannoli cake.

Here we are with her little sister, Ella, who joined us.

Yield: Depends on how big the slices are cut

Key Lime Pie with Pretzel Crust

Key Lime Pie with Pretzel Crust

This pretzel crust goes perfect with the sweet/tart flavor of the filling.


  • Crust
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons  very finely ground salted pretzel crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons  sugar
  • 7 tablespoons  butter, melted
  • Filling
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • two 14-ounce cans sweetened
  • 3/4 cup Key Lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons  fresh-squeezed lime juice (from standard limes)
  • zest of 1 lime (about 2 teaspoons), optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" pie pan with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Crush the pretzels until very fine; processing in a food processor for about 30 seconds works well. 
  3. Add the sugar and melted butter, mixing to combine; you can do this right in the food processor. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes; the crust won't change color much, but will firm up. Remove from the oven and make the filling.
  5. Whisk together the egg yolks and condensed milk.
  6. Add the lime juice (and zest, if you're using it). The mixture will thicken almost immediately.
  7. Pour into the crust and smooth with a spatula.
  8. Bake the pie for 28 to 32 minutes, until the filling is set, with a small spot in the middle still soft-looking. Cool for several hours (or overnight) before serving.
  9. To serve, top with slightly sweetened whipped cream and a garnish of crumbled pretzels.
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  1. Kitty, Happy Birthday to Avery and Caiden! Such a fun cake Molly created for the birthday boy candy-lover! Your Key Lime Pie looks and sounds delicious, my hubby would love it with the pretzel crust. Love the sweet photo of you with Ella and Avery too. ♥

  2. That pretzel crust must cut the sweetness of a key lime pie. It's one of those rare pies that doesn't tempt me. Of course, if someone else made it, I could force myself to enjoy a piece. 😁 Goodness, that grandson of yours is way taller than you and his mom. Did that happen this past year? 😏 Happy Birthday to Avery and Caiden. Their cakes look amazing!

  3. Happy birthday to your beautiful grandbabies! Love that candy cake. My grands would love that! And girl, yes mam, I will take a slice of that pie. Marty loves key lime pie. Never tried it with the pretzel crust. Mercy, I will be baking one of those now! LOL! Love the pictures. Hope that you have a wonderful week dear Kitty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. First the cinnamon buns and now the key lime pie. You always seem to post about my sweet tooth's latest cravings!

    I'm also loving the pretty teacups and your grandkids' creative birthday cakes. I'm particularly intrigued by the cannoli cake. YUM!

  5. Many thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs … happy birthday wishes to all.

    Your key lime pie looks wonderful :)

    All the best Jan

  6. Happy Birthday to your Grands!You have an adorable family!I love that green table,with gorgeous teacups and plate!The shamrock is pretty too.Delicious pie!Hugs!

  7. Ha-ha, looks like we both have key lime on the mind Kitty! And yes, I'd love to have a slice of your pie-enjoy:@)

  8. It is certainly celebration time at your place, Kitty. Happy Birthday to Camden and Avery. Gosh, Camden's cake is fabulous. How on earth was this made?? As for your Key Lime Pie..may I have a slice please....just a little one...oh, and I will have my tea in that that pretty one of Cissy's. She wouldn't mind, would she??

  9. That's a lot of delicious looking pie and cake Kitty. Happy Birthday to your grandkids. I love the birthday cake your daughter baked. Thanks for sharing the key lime pie recipe. Enjoy the week Kitty.

  10. Hi Kitty,

    What a fun week you've had!! Happy Birthday to Caiden and Avery! Their cakes really do look amazing. :) You have so many beautiful teacups, my friend. Like Cissy, I love the one with the cottage scene, too. I had a shamrock plant for years when we lived in Greensboro; I'm going to have to get another one.

    Your recipe looks delish -- thanks so much for sharing with us. I wish we could have tea together in person someday! Hope you have a good week!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  11. Happy Birthday to your grandkids! It was so nice that all of you could be together for their special events. The pie looks wonderful - I would never have thought to put it on a pretzel crust. God bless you!

  12. OH YUM!!! That's my daughter's (Katie, Vivi's momma) very favorite pie - she makes a good one but I will definately have to share this - pretzel crust, who knew??

    Caiden looks like you - you can see a resemblance big time - can in most your family. Such a fun cake - what a hoot!! A Skittles cake that pours out candy! So clever!


  13. That pie looks delicious! I like the idea of a pretzel crust. I have a recipe for a strawberry pretzel salad and I like the crust.
    You have been busy with birthdays! Always fun to celebrate and have special time with them. The kids are all growing so fast.
    Your table is sweet with the pretty teacups. Amazing to have had your plant that long and it is thriving.
    Have a great week, Kitty.

  14. I would love a slice and some tea in one of those beautiful teacups! The pretzel crust sounds perfect with the the lime. It looks like May is a big birthday month in your family, Kitty! What wonderful celebrations and that birthday cake is amazing.

  15. Your teacups are lovely Kitty, and special too as well as your little frog. So many delicious treats and oh do I have a grandson who would love your candy cake! The pie is one of our favorites during the summer months, actually have all the ingredients on my grocery list. I love a pretzel crust but never thought to make it for this pie, sounds delicious. Adding pretzels to my grocery list......

  16. Pretzel crusts are making a comeback lately, I've seen recipes for them paired with all kinds of things, and your Key Lime Pie sounds wonderful! So glad you are getting to celebrate your grands bdays, and that Skittle cake is the best!! Beautiful tea cups, Cissy will always treasure it and her memories with you :)

  17. I love a pretzel crust since the salt cuts the sweetness. Happy Birthday to Avery and Caiden! Such a fun cake Molly created for the birthday boy. Such a sweet photo of you with Ella and Avery too. Who doesn't love a celebration!

  18. Oh, Kitty, this pies looks scrumptious, and it would be my pick! I think Mr P would be more inclined to have Caiden's cake (WOW!) as you know his love of sweets, lol. Happy Birthday to your grands, Caiden and Avery, and thank you for sharing your treasured family moments (and recipe!).

  19. This looks wonderful. I love Key Lime pie and with a pretzel crust, that would be so yummy. The tea cup is so pretty. I know Cissy will treasure it when she receives it. Happy birthday wishes to your sweet grandson, Caiden and Avery. Such lovely names. Happy Memorial Day weekend.

  20. What a delightful post, Kitty! I am intrigued by that cool M&M cake...must find out how to make one. Do you know how they did it? Your key lime pie looks luscious (thanks for the recipe) & I adore the beautiful teacups you've shared. Happy Birthday to Avery and Caiden!

  21. Yum, this looks delicious!

  22. We are so excited to feature your post on our Top Ten Views on Full Plate Thursday,486! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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