Key Lime Fudge
By Elizabeth LaBau
Turn Key lime pie into fudge with this easy recipe. This Key lime pie fudge takes the classic flavors of Key lime pie and recreates them in fudge form. Creamy white chocolate fudge, flavored with lime zest and fresh lime juice, sits atop a crunchy graham cracker crumb crust.
Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 9 servings
Yield: 1 pie
This recipe tastes best if you use good-quality white chocolate, but you can substitute white chocolate chips if that's what you have on hand. Key limes are different from Persian limes (the standard grocery store lime). Key limes are smaller and seedier, have a higher acidity, a stronger scent, and a thinner rind than a Persian lime. They are picked when they are green but Key limes turn yellow when ripe. If possible, use Key limes for this recipe. If you cannot find fresh key limes, many grocery stores sell bottled Key lime juice. If that's not available, standard (Persian) limes will work.
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs, from about 10 rectangles
20 ounces white chocolate, chopped, about 3 1/2 cups
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Steps to Make It
Preheat your oven to 375 F / 190 C. Prepare a 9 x 9-inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave it until it is melted. Once melted, stir in the sugar and graham cracker crumbs until everything is moistened and is the texture of wet sand.
Scatter the crumbs in the bottom of the prepared pan, and press them into an even layer. Bake the bottom crust for 5 minutes, until it is fragrant and lightly colored along the sides. Remove from the oven and cool while you prepare the rest of the fudge.
Place the chopped white chocolate, the sweetened condensed milk, and the salt in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave it in 30-second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds. Continue to microwave until the white chocolate is completely melted and your mixture is smooth.
Add the lime juice and lime zest to the white chocolate and stir to incorporate it.
Scrape the fudge into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer on top of the graham cracker crust. Refrigerate the fudge until it is completely set, for about 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
Once set, remove it from the pan using the foil as handles. Use a large sharp knife to cut it into 1-inch squares. It helps to rinse the knife in hot water periodically to get cleaner cuts.
Store Key lime pie fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. For best taste and texture, let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.