Monday, June 20, 2022

Berry Key Lime Pie #Recipe by Maya Corrigan

Happy Juneteenth holiday! Today is the national holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. That, plus the start of summer tomorrow and the the Fourth of July just around the corner, gives us much to celebrate. Abundant fresh fruit can make a simple pie, cake, or cupcake festive looking. Today I'm sharing a recipe for my favorite pie, Key lime, garnished with berries. 

To make an easy no-bake Key lime pie, use a prepared pie crust. Instead of a graham cracker crust, which is classic for Key lime pie, I chose a pecan crust. Either type works well and, of course, you can bake your own crust. Make sure the crust has cooled down before putting in the filling. 

Prepare this pie at least several hours or even the day before you serve it.


1 prepared pie crust
1 8-ounce package cream cheese at room temperature
1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1/3 – 1/2 cup Key lime juice or other lime juice

Garnish: strawberries and blueberries
Optional: whipped cream topping

Combine the softened cream cheese with the sweetened condensed milk, using an electric mixer. Start on a low speed and increase the speed, to blend the filling until it is smooth.

Reduce the mixer speed to the lowest setting and add the lime juice slowly. Taste the mixture periodically and adjust the amount of lime juice to suit your preferences. Adding a half cup of bottled Key lime juice results in a tart-sweet pie. You will need to adjust the amount of lime juice if you prefer a sweeter filling. Pour the lime mixture into the shell.


Refrigerate the pie for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. Add the berries so that the pie has a red, white, and blue design. Before serving, add a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

Store any leftover pie in the refrigerator.


Maya Corrigan writes the Five-Ingredient Mysteries featuring café manger Val and her live-wire grandfather solving murders in a Chesapeake Bay town. Maya lives in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Before writing crime fiction, she taught American literature, writing, and detective fiction at Northern Virginia Community College and Georgetown University. When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, travel, trivia, cooking, and crosswords.

Visit my website for easy recipes, mystery history and trivia, and a free culinary mystery story.


Do you have a favorite summer dessert?


  1. Love anything that I can incorporate the fresh fruits (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples) straight from picking to the kitchen.
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    1. Thanks for commenting, Kay. As a fruit freak, I'll eat anything that's in season.

    2. I'm with you on that Kay Garrett & MaryAnn Corrigan.

  2. I like your red, white, and blue delight.