This No Bake Buttermilk Strawberry Key Lime Pie is an incredibly easy dessert to make. It is creamy and tangy with the perfect balance of sweet and tart and topped with fresh strawberries! Make this easy no bake pie for your next potluck pie or Easter dessert! Feel free to swap the berries out for whatever is in season.
1 ½cupswhole buttermilk
1envelope plus 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatinKnox brand
½cupkey lime juiceI use the bottled version
Zest of 1 limechopped
¾cupheavy whipping cream
1– 9-inch premade graham cracker pie crust
Whipped cream for topping
Simple Syrup glaze:
Pour the buttermilk into a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over it to soften for 2 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and sugar and place the saucepan over low heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar is dissolved (depending on your stove, maybe 3-5 minutes) Move the saucepan so that it is sitting in a bowl of ice water (you don’t want to get any water in though) and then whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken and mound off of the whisk (about the consistency of a can of sweetened condensed milk). Stir in the lime zest.
Meanwhile, in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream to stiff peaks.
Spoon half of the whipped cream into the buttermilk mixture and whisk it in so that it is well incorporated. The FOLD the remaining cream in with a spatula.
Pour the mixture into the pie crust and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Combine the simple syrup ingredients and whisk until the sugar is dissolved, then set aside to cool.
Once the pie is set, arrange the strawberries on top of the pie and brush the fruit with the simple syrup. Top with additional whipped cream if desired.
Tip: Slice this pie before you decorate with the berries in order to make it really easy to serve.Another handy tip: Put your cutting knife in a glass of hot water before you start to slice. Then, make a cut and return the knife to the glass after each cut. The heat and the water will keep your slices nice and clean.