Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 9 inch pie pan
9 whole graham crackers
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter melted
Put graham crackers and sugar in food processor. Pulse until fine crumbs. Place pan with butter into oven allowing the butter to just melt in bottom of 9 inch pie pan. Watch carefully so that the butter does not burn. Remove from oven and pour graham cracker crumbs in bottom of pan and mix with fork until all crumbs are coated with the melted butter. Press with bottom of glass into bottom of pan and allow to extend up the sides, pressing crumbs against side. Place pan into the oven again and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside and allow to cool on wire rack while you make the filling.
Key Lime Pie Filling:
4 cups water
2 Tablespoons Key Lime zest
1/4 cup Key Lime juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 eggs — separated (Save whites for meringue)
pinch of sea salt
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 Tablespoons butter
Pour water into a sauce pan with zest and bring to boil. Put cornstarch into the cold lime juice and mix into a slurry. Set aside. Stir in sugar and pinch of salt into boiling zest and water. Continue stirring until sugar is dissolved. Mix egg yokes in separate bowl until thick and creamy then add a small amount of the water, sugar, zest mixture into the egg yokes, mixing and being careful not to let the hot liquid cook the egg yokes. After the yokes are tempered pour all into the mixture and cook on medium low. Stirring constantly. Pour slurry into the hot mixture and continue stirring constantly until thickened. (If you need to add additional corn starch for thickening purposes, just mix a teaspoon with 2 tablespoons of cold water allowing each addition to cook long enough for the taste of cornstarch to cook away). After the mixture is thickened, remove from heat and add butter a few small amounts at a time and stir allowing the butter to melt into the filling.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to cool completely before pouring into the graham cracker shell.
6 egg whites that you reserved
pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat with mixer until stiff peaks form. Slowly pour in sugar and continue beating until well mixed and the peaks are stiff. Add vanilla and mix until blended.
After filling has cooled, pour into pie shell and then frost with meringue. Place into a hot 400 degree oven and allow to bake until meringue is golden brown. Make sure you watch it very closely because it will burn quickly. Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack and eat.
NOTE: This pie does not keep well so if you make it, it would probably be best if you have enough people to eat it all at one time.