Creamy Key Lime Pie

Creamy Key Lime Pie Doodlewash watercolor urban sketch of with key limes and red orange plate

So I’m hungry for dessert again already and decided to arrive at our #DoodlewashDinner with some key lime pie. This is one of my favorites and something that I have the hardest time passing up when it’s on the dessert menu. Many versions are more demure when it comes to the whipped cream, placing it artfully in little dollops only near the crust. When I was a kid, I remember it being served more like this one. It wasn’t about elegance and presentation back then and nothing was served in tiny cups with bits of graham cracker. The bigger the better and bring on the cream!

As an adult, a pie slice of this proportion would be one I would only split with someone else at the end of the meal, if not a group of four. If someone had suggested this when I was a kid I would have clocked them in the face! Actually, that’s not true at all, as I was an extraordinarily wimpy kid who could have never hit anything and caused damage. But they would have received an awkwardly long angry stare. That would teach them. Since I didn’t grow up to be particularly strong, I still use this tactic today. No, back then, I would happily devour the entire giant slice while wishing I could have another one.

I don’t really have much to say about limes or key lime pie really. If you’ve not tried it, you should, unless you’re allergic to limes which makes me super sad. The sheer popularity of this dessert is in the fact that limes and cream are generally well accepted as being pleasing. When you put them together you have an amazing combination that makes for the ultimate dessert. Through the power of digital technology, we can make copies of this one to ensure that everyone at the party has there very own slice. Then we all get to be kids again!

You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month! 


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M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Azo Orange, Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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Published in By Charlie
51 Comments
  1. Oh you are killing me with these desserts and yummy foods! I truthfully don’t think that I ever have had key lime pie….hmmmm…..I have had lemon but key lime? now I want to make one! 🙂 yummy doodle as ever, Charlie!

  2. Wow! That is one delicious looking slice of pie :-). And so true that we all get our own slice on our own device screen. I just magnified mine by 175%. Perfect!

  3. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Ohhhh I love Lemon Pie awww today dinner is a dessert dinner lol Charlie I did bring to the dinner a pie too https://yesterdayafter.com/2016/05/19/apple-pie-doodlewashdinner/ let’s satisfy our sweet cravings! 😉 <3 your slice of pie is so yummy and looks great I hope that you like mine!

  4. Teri C 1 year ago

    Your pie has my mouth watering. I had my first piece of key like pie years ago in Florida and have never had a good one since. Something about the limes that grow there. Love that pie. I’ll be right over for a piece.

    • Author

      Thanks Teri! 😃💕 Yeah…they have the best in Florida! There’s a few restaurants here that have amazing ones. Pretty sure they’re Florida limes though. Hehe

  5. Carol 1 year ago

    Yum! Dang it, life is not fair when it comes to being an adult and eating desserts. However, I have a killer recipe for a frozen key lime pie that my husband adores, so if you ever want to splurge let me know and I will send it. However, keep the ingredients a secret from Phillipe 😉 Terrific doodlewash, Charlie!

    • Author

      Thanks Carol!! 😃💕 That sounds Delish! Now you’ve got me wondering what the ingredients are! Hehe… It’s impossible to keep them secret as I truly can’t prepare any food without botching it up. He’d never allow this much whipped cream I think. 😊Hehe

  6. violetski 1 year ago

    Yuuuuum!thats looks so delicious and I’m sure it is😁

  7. Catherine Johnson 1 year ago

    It looks just like lemon merangue pie which is making me wonder if you could make a lime meringue pie hybrid. Yum!

    • Author

      Thanks, Catherine! 😃💕Yeah it does doesn’t it? When there’s that much whipped cream it sort of stops looking like key lime pie. Lol But I’m sure there’s a hybrid!! That would be awesome!

  8. kirkistan 1 year ago

    This dessert kick is killing me.

  9. Jacob 1 year ago

    Nee-naw, nee-naw… the Pie Police are back, I see! And jolly good too. This is bordering on a cruelty now, Charles – how am I supposed to go to sleep when you’re showing us this hunk of sheer heaven? And that filling!! I want my entire life clad in that colour. <3

    • Author

      Haha! Thanks Jacob! And sorry to send you to bed hungry. But I take comfort in knowing your dreams will be filled with key limes. That can’t be too bad, right? The only thing better would be Citrus Polo pie! 😉Lol

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Ha! Hmm, I don’t remember them, but I hope they were. And just chuck some lemon in and you basically have a Citrus Polo pie! Mmm! That’d probably need to be wolfed down before the Pie Police show up 😉

      • Author

        Yep…not sure how the Pie Police feel about such experimentation. Lol

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Send money. It’s your fault. I need larger jeans.

  11. Man. Taking me right to the Outer Banks……you and your desserts! Scrumptious, Charlie!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Laura! 😃💕 I’m going crazy…these are al memories and photo references. After the birthday month cobblers, I’ve been put on a diet. 😊🐷

  12. memadtwo 1 year ago

    My daughter was just longing for key lime pie today! One of my favorites as well. Good choice! (K)

  13. M. L. Kappa 1 year ago

    Ooh, I love key lime pie! Is even possible to be allergic to limes? And Carol, yes, we’d all like that frozen pie recipe please….

    • Author

      Isn’t it the best pie ever?! 💕And yeah…I’ve not met anyone allergic to limes, but I always assume anything is possible. And I agree on that recipe!! Hehe…yum!!

  14. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Oh, YUM! Thanks for the little (or big depending on your screen size, lol!) slice of heaven, Charlie! 😍💕 We recently had this decadent dessert and the restaurant had a layer of white chocolate on top of the key lime then the whipped cream. We split it 3 ways which turned out to be a mistake as my hubby’s mom did not stick to her end of the bargain and only have one bite! Lol!! 😄🍰🍋

    • Author

      Thanks Jill!! 😃💕 And what?! White chocolate layer?! That sounds amazing!! But I’m failing to understand the problem of the one bite…more for you of that amazing dessert?! Yay! Lol I fully support dessert decadence! Hehe 😉😃🍰🍦🍧🍨

      • Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

        She was only supposed to take one bite, Charlie but she had many more! Lol! 😉

      • Author

        Oh! Gotcha! Lol Good for her then…she knows how to do it! 😉

  15. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Sign me up for a slice Charlie, I love dessert! Very cool doodlewash!

  16. Mmm, sound yummy, could I have a slice please, I have never tried it before….it looks a little like lemon meringue pie, which I love love love, I love a tart, tart, lol. 😋

    • Author

      Thanks Rebecca! 😃💕 You can definitely have a slice! Yeah…this version is a dead ringer for lemon meringue…hehe… it has much more whipped cream then you’d even find in a respectable restaurant! 😊 But tart and delicious!!

  17. Nicole Douthit 1 year ago

    I am seriously going to have to go shopping in your store!!! You truly transform the simplest of things into gallery worthy art…BRAVO!

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much Nicole!! Thrilled you like it! 😃💕 I seriously need to tend to my store. None of the new work this year has been uploaded except an animal ABC poster. I’m the worst shopkeeper on the planet!! 😊😊hehe

  18. debiriley 1 year ago

    Charlie! I love your painting, and your stories. I can so relate to the not sharing such a delectable, a long awaited, desert! (as a kid)
    loved your post. Again!! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Debi! 😃💕So I take it you’re better at sharing as an adult now? Hehe… So glad you liked this post!!

      • debiriley 1 year ago

        you’re most welcome Charlie 🙂 i forgot to say how i noticed the lime curls on top….. you painted those, really really, well! funny – what my eye hones in on?! not that the whole thing wasn’t pretty… it was, as always. no problems with sharing these days. except for when people try to burgle stuff in the house of course! that stuff is mine!! lol

      • Author

        Lol… got to keep a close guard on your food! And thanks! Glad you liked the little lime curls. hehe

  19. Jodi 1 year ago

    Such s gorgeous painting of a lovely dessert! This is one of my faves but not my family’s so I can’t make it or I have to say it all. Lol. I love the mix of tangy citrus and cream! Ready for a piece for breakfast now! Darn you 😜

  20. Cathe 1 year ago

    Ooh, my absolute favorite! I could just eat your doodlewash Charlie. I’m afraid I’ll have key lime pie on my brain all day! Not a bad thing to obsess over!

    • Author

      Hehe…you’re welcome!! Thanks Cathe! 😃💕 Yeah…not much wrong with key lime pie dreams. Unless you wait to long to fulfill them of course. 😉

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