Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar
, and butter and mix until thoroughly combined. Using your hands, press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan
, and bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.
Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
In a non-reactive mixing bowl, combine the condensed milk, lime juice, and whole eggs. Whisk
until smooth and thoroughly combined. Transfer the filling to the cooled pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.
Place the egg whites in a clean mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until the egg whites form soft peaks, about 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until the whites form stiff, glossy peaks, another 1 to 2 minutes. Do not over mix or the whites will dry out.
Place the meringue
in a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe the meringue onto the chilled key lime pie
in dollops that run in concentric circles, completely covering the top of the pie. Use a blowtorch to caramelize
the meringue and serve garnished with the candied lime peel.