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Key Lime Pie

Note: You can bake with a meringue crust or use a whipped topping, no baking.

For the crust:
11 graham crackers (1 1/2 cps), crushed
2 T sugar
2 oz unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

Combine these ingredients, press into 9" pie shell and refrigerate. Or use prepared crust.

For filling:
3-4 eggs
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cp lime juice (Key Limes if possible, but use fresh limes--makes a difference!)
1 t grated lime peel
6 T sugar
1/2 t cream of tartar

Separate eggs. Beat egg yolks, setting aside whites for topping.
Add condensed milk, lime peel, and lime juice, beat til thick.
Pour into baked pie shell.

For topping (or substitute whipped topping but refrigerate, don't bake):

Beat 4 egg whites.
Blend in sugar and cream of tartar, beat til stiff and forms peaks.
Bake in moderate (250 degrees) oven til egg whites are golden brown.