Monday, July 14

THIS MONTH'S PIE: Key lime in a mason jar

Did you know that you can make a pie in a mason jar? Yep, its true! I am always looking for creative projects that use mason jars, so when I discovered you can use them for baking, I got super excited. When came across this key lime pie recipe and saw that it had a meringue topping (yum!), I knew it was something I wanted to bake. This is a tart pie with an awesome graham-cracker crust. Sometimes for beginners, baking a pie in a normal 9 inch pan is intimidating. Mason jar pies are a great alternative. Start small! Have you ever made a pie in a mason jar? I can't get over how cute they are and am excited to make a bunch more! Recipe below.

RECIPE (makes 6)

6-1/2 pint mason jars

1 1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
3 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease mason jars and arrange them on a baking dish. Combine and stir graham-cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Divide evenly among the jars and press the mixture flat into the bottom. Bake for 12 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool.

1 can (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
3/4 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice (around 20 key limes)

Lower oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks and key lime juice. Pour equal amounts of mixture into cooled jars. Return pies to the oven, and bake for 15-17 minutes; until the center is set but still shakes slightly when the pan is nudged. Pull out and let cool on a wire rack.

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
4 eggs whites

Beat sugar and egg whites in a bowl with an electric mixer. Next, place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, and stir until the sugar until it's dissolved and the mixture is warm. Using a stand mixer, beat on medium high until stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes or longer. Finally, spoon meringue onto cooled pies and stick back into the oven one last time for about 5 minutes till the tops brown slightly.

Serve pies at room temperature. Garnish of lime zest if desire.




  1. I am going to make these. THIS WEEK. I brought back a bottle of true Key Lime juice from Key West, and I have been bouncing back and forth between just using Kermit's Key Lime recipe and trying something new....but this. This is perfect and must be done! If it comes out as good as I'm hoping, I think it will even get used at my sister's bridal shower in a couple months! So glad you shared it!

    1. Go for it Kelly! They are a bit tart so if you are sensitive to that, slightly reduce the amount of key lime juice. Happy baking!

  2. Key Lime is my all time favorite summer pie! I will be giving this a try.