This pie contains a brick of cream cheese, so technically it is not an authentic key lime pie. That said, I loved the cream cheese. It made the filling a little smoother and the sour flavor went well with the lime. Rather than use key limes, I used key lime juice and that worked very well. Also, this recipe calls for raw eggs so if you can find them, you might want to use pasteurized eggs.
Key Lime Pie with Cream Cheese
12 graham cracker squares (6 rectangles)
1/2 cup whole almonds, toasted or roasted unsalted
2 tablespoons sugar
2-3 tablespoon shredded, sweetened coconut
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, browned
1 (14 oz) can condensed milk
4 egg yolks (pasteurized eggs — see link above)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons grated lime zest
½ cup bottled key lime juice or fresh squeezed like juice (see note)
1 cup whipped cream, whipped and sweetened to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch deep dish glass pie plate with butter.
Put the graham crackers, whole almonds, sugar, salt and shredded coconut in food processor; process into crumbs. Pour in the melted browned butter and pulse until crumbs are moistened. Press into pie plate and bake for 12 minutes. It might seem like you have too many crumbs, but everything will fit in the end.
Prepare filling. Clean out food processor bowl. Combine condensed milk and egg yolks in processor bowl and process until smooth. Add cream cheese and process until cheese is smooth. Add lime zest and key lime juice and process a little more. Pour into the cooled pie shell. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and chill for 8-10 hours.
When ready to serve, place the whipped cream in a large plastic zipper bag. Snip off the tip of the bag and pie the whipped cream around the edges.
Cookie Madness Tip: You can roast small amounts of almonds (about ¾ cup at a time) in the microwave. Just spread the whole almonds on a paper towel and microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Halfway through, swirl them around with your hand and mix them up a bit. You’ll know the almonds are toasted if they start to crack. Remove them from the microwave, let them cool (crisp up), and then taste. If you don’t think they taste roasted, you’ll know you need to microwave them a tad bit longer next time. My microwave takes 2 minutes for whole almonds. For some reason, pecan halves take a little longer. Of course the oven is the ideal way to toast the nuts evenly, but when the weather is hot and you only have a small amount of nuts to toast, try the microwave.