Torta de Limão

Lemon PieWhen I decided to start writing this blog and learning to cook Brazilian food my husband was quick to tell me that I had to make torta de limão. He told me that he used to make this pie as a child and absolutely loved it. Obviously I had to make this childhood delight of my husbands.

Lemon PieTorta de limão translated to english means lemon pie but this is more what americans would consider a key lime pie with a twist. Although it is called a lemon pie in Brazil it is actually made with what we know as limes in northern europe and north america. Limes are actually just a different variety of lemon and are called limão or limão tahiti in Brazil.

When I finally decided to take the plunge and try to make this pie I was hoping that my husband would give me the directions for how to make the pie. It turned out that he had forgotten how to make it and only remembered the ingredients that went in: sweetened condensed milk and lime. So, I started on my mad hunt to try to find the right recipe that would recreate my husbands torta de limão. The hunt for the perfect recipe proved to be more difficult than usual. None of my recipe books had this recipe and all the recipes that I found online seemed to have completely different ideas for how to make this pie. In the end, as I seem to always do, I found about three or four recipes, combined the aspects of each that I liked the most, and hoped that my pie would turn out fabulous.

Lemon PieTo my great surprise this pie turned out absolutely amazing. It tasted delicious, held together surprisingly well, and was not that much work to make. I loved every part of this pie and if I wasn’t worried about gaining too much weight I would eat it every day.

If you like key lime pie this is a recipe that you cannot pass up the opportunity to try. It is disgustingly easy, tasty, and beautiful.

Luckily for me I managed to bring back some childhood memories for my husband, even though he never made his torta de limão with the meringue topping!

Lemon PieIngredients

1 can of sweetened condensed milk
2 – 3 limes (depending on how strong of a lime flavor you would like)
3 egg whites
200g biscoito maria or any simple cookie for making the pie crust
200g butter
5 tbsp sugar

Crumble the biscoito maria or other cookie of your choice until very fine and resembles bread crumbs. Melt the butter and add to the crushed cookies. Mix together until it holds and forms a ball. Add more melted butter if needed. Place cookie and butter mixture into a pie dish. Spread thinly over bottom of the dish and on the sides. Press down firmly making sure it holds in place. Combine the sweetened condensed milk and lime juice in a blender and blend well. Use a spoon to make sure that all of the lime juice is well mixed with the sweetened condensed milk. In a standing mixer combine the egg whites and sugar. Beat until the egg white holds together and forms peaks when the mixer is lifted. Pour the condensed milk and lime mixture into the pie dish. Spread the egg white mixture on top. Place in a preheated 180C/355F oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the meringue mixture is a light brown on top. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before eating.

For a PDF of this recipe CLICK HERE!
Lemon Pie


6 thoughts on “Torta de Limão

  1. Your post brought me sweet memories of my oldest sister in Brazil… that was one of her signature dishes, I remember growing up and trying hard to enjoy it, but it was too tart for me. Not anymore, I am sure I would love a piece of your lemon pie or my sister’s anytime!

    so sweet of you (literally) to bring back the good memories of your husband….


    • Wonderful that I brought back good memories for you. It was really nice to be able to bring back literally done memories of my husband’s childhood. I know he enjoyed the pie a lot!


  2. It seems, by reading you, that there are Brazilian versions of every recipe known to mankind! 😉 Your pictures are fabulous, make me want to have a lemon pie. Now. 🙂
    (I was wondering too if you eat all you cook… How do you keep in shape? — you look way too skinny in your “About me” picture. ha ha)


    • Yes, Brazilians have a variation for every kind of dessert. I have a lot of help eating the food I make. I usually try to make dishes for large dinner parties so I don’t have to eat it all alone. But, I have gained some weight over the past months:-/


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