Blood Orange Pie

in Desserts

Wuuuuttts up, lovely people! I just came out of an intense 8-day working cave. OMG hard work, I love you (sometimes). I decided to celebrate with baking a pie, naturally.

And winter citrus! I’m all about it at the moment. The bursting, brilliant colors of January are coming at you in pie form. Get into this.

When I was in college, living in North Carolina, I would get suuuuper depressed during winter. The days and days of no sun, and constant rainy, cloudy and sometimes snowy weather buuuuumed me out. Big time.

This lead to me doing research on seasonal depression. (P.S. I might’ve been a little overly dramatic.)

Said research lead me to this random long article about tanning salons aiding with this specific type of depression. I was convinced that this was going to work. So there I went, with my googles and PERMANENTLY tanned self (I mean, have you seen my about page? Me no need no tan, ya know?), to the tanning salon.

Obvi, it didn’t work. It did however cause my skin to peel in places I wish to not discuss. So that happened.

And it also lead to my decision to pass on moving to New York like half of my graduating class and opting for sunny Los Angeles instead. It was a good decision.

Too bad I didn’t know about winter citrus, because this stuff is the cure for seasonal depression. I’m convinced.

Just look at how purdy it is! Good gracious.

This pie starts with a graham cracker crust. Solid start to any (easy) pie.

The filling is a made up of sweetened condensed milk, a few eggs and some blood orange juice. I squeezed a bunch of them and used the rest for mimosas. Good look.

And whipped cream. That’s it. Oh yeah, and I lined the outside with Nila Wafers because I think it added a hint of prettiness. Feel free to skip this step if you want.

Think of this pie as a less tart, slightly sweeter, prettier version of key lime pie.

Blood Orange Pie

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For crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 12 crackers)
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 tablespoons granulated sugar

For filling:
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of fresh blood orange juice (from 3-4 blood oranges)

For topping:
1 1/4 cup chilled heavy cream
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
10 Nila Wafers

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a food processor, add graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and granulated sugar; pulse for 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch (4-cup) pie dish. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and the sides of the pie dish. Bake crust in middle of oven 10 minutes and cool completely pie dish on a rack. Leave oven on.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together condensed milk and yolks in a bowl until combined well. Add blood orange juice and whisk until combined well (mixture will thicken slightly). Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes. Cool pie completely on rack (filling will set as it cools), then chill, covered, at least 8 hours.

3. Just before serving, place the Nila Wafers along the outside crust, pushing them slightly into the filling. Beat cream in a bowl, with an electric mixer, until it just holds medium to stiff peaks. Serve pie topped with cream.

Adapted from this Key Lime Pie from Gourmet

{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

Greta January 25, 2012 at 12:24 am

Gosh.. that looks so delicious!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 25, 2012 at 1:40 am

Nilla wafers AND graham cracker crumbs…right there, I’m so in. This looks great!


Blog is the New Black January 25, 2012 at 2:02 am

NEver had a blood orange, but def want one now!


Kathryn January 25, 2012 at 2:25 am

I love winter citrus and this pie sounds like the perfect way to use them!


Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life January 25, 2012 at 4:41 am

This looks incredible! And you are not alone. I’ve tried tanning to avert self-diagnosed SAD (seasonal affective disorder) as well. Not the best decision I’ve ever made, but isn’t the acronym ironic?


Adrianna January 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

HA! I’d never even thought about it. But yes.


Heather (Heather's Dish) January 25, 2012 at 4:57 am

i haven’t tanned since high school, but i’ve been wanting to lately because i feel like if i’m just a LITTLE darker than maybe winter will disappear faster.


I don’t think that’s going to happen…


Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau January 25, 2012 at 5:07 am

Yum! I bet that pie is so refreshing, too!

I hate to admit that I did a few stints of tanning during the winter, too (winter blues, too). However, I’m fish belly white, which means that I was sunburnt most of the winter!


Becca@learnasyougocook January 25, 2012 at 5:54 am

Key lime pie is my FAVORITE!! this is such a cool take on it. I got to try!:-)


brandi January 25, 2012 at 6:42 am

this pie is talking to me, right through the screen. i just had my first ever blood orange a week ago and am TOTALLY addicted.


Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 25, 2012 at 6:48 am

Looks delicious, and refreshing!
I love the color of blood oranges!


Lyssa January 25, 2012 at 7:09 am

Lookin yum! But what are graham crackers? Will be trying this.out later today!!!


Mike @TheIronYou January 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

Very nice…energy wise you can run a marathon after eating a slice of this cake!


Adrianna January 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

I dunno if I’d recommend that.


Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet January 25, 2012 at 10:00 am

I look forward to blood oranges every year, and yes, they do have a hand in helping seasonal depression. :-)
So pretty!


Lauren @ FoodIsTherapy January 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

I live in crumby NE Ohio. I don’t even know what sun is…maybe I need me some pie! Thanks for sharing – it looks great!


Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture January 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

What a great twist on key lime pie! I will have to try this one out soon!


Mary @ Bake Break January 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

Oh my! This is incredible! I’ve never even imagined such a pie… but I love blood oranges! Your creativity is really impressive – keep it coming!


Michelle @ Chellbellz January 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Ugh… i’m obsessed with Blood Oranges. I went to Rome and had Blood Orange Juice like every morning. Then…i get here (home), research and nothing…i couldn’t get them anywhere, and even thought of ordering a tree on Ebay and putting it in the yard, then i was rudely reminded by my mom that Oranges probably wouldn’t grow in the middle of a urban city like DC ….So I had to dream, and then Sunday night we got into a twitter talk about food, and oranges and winter oranges. A girl here told me to go to WholeFoods…and I was sitting there staring a different oranges forever…finally picked up one and googled the type and i found it!! ….Sorry i had to share my story because it’s very freaky as I said before how either I think of a food and it here within a few days, or a mention it and it’s here, or when I’m searching for the most random thing i end up here. I think we have some sort of Food/Mind/belly connection!

Anyway the pie looks really yummy!


Adrianna January 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

Michelle, I love this.


Michelle January 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

How interesting! It looks delicious!


Kelsey @aslolife January 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

So obsessed with blood oranges–aren’t they gorgeous? This looks amazing!


Shawna @ CheekyChic January 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I need to stop reading your blog at night…all I want now is pie.


Living The Sweet Life January 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Wow – – this sounds yummy!!


Valerie @ Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll January 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

This sounds delicious. I have to admit that I haven’t had blood oranges before, but now I have to! And I love key lime pie so it seems like something I. Must. Try. !!


kyleen January 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

This blood orange pie looks and sounds delicious! I love that pinkish-purpley hue of the filling.


nicole {sweet peony} January 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

so pretty! i just made a key lime pie because i neeeeeeded some citrus in my winter life (even though i’m in sunny l.a.). i’ll have to try your version next time :)


France January 25, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I love a nice juicy blood orange. What a nice way to incorporate them into a dessert.I know about the winter blahhhs. We live on the west coast and it rains and rains, oh and did I mention it rains….If this works I’ll be sending you a check for the cure for most Canadians with seasonal depression!


Becki's Whole Life January 26, 2012 at 6:14 am

I just bought some blood oranges and this sounds yummy! Kind of like a key lime pie. The filling is such a pretty color, too!


Zee January 26, 2012 at 6:33 am

I love blood oranges this pie looks amazing!


abby January 26, 2012 at 7:56 am

I have to ask…where di you get those divine white coffee mugs with the twisted handle?


Adrianna January 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

My mom got them in Stockholm. Aren’t they pretty?!


Amanda January 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

That looks delicious!!


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

beeeeautiful! I love blood oranges in winter…they are just SO gorgeous! And they remind me of Dexter :)


Katherine Martineli January 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

I love anything blood orange, and key lime pie is one of my favorites so I know I will love this! I’ve been on the hunt for blood oranges and they’re not available by me yet…


kickpleat January 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

I so love citrus pies in the winter and blood oranges are so tangy and pretty! I usually crush either graham crackers or nilla wafers to make crust, but I like how you think, lady :)


Megan January 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

Ooh, I love citrus. It totally is the sun when it’s so gloomy out. And this pie is just so pretty! I’d totally marry it if it asked.


Megan (Culinary Chops) January 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I love everything about this recipe! I’m not the biggest key lime pie fan, but this one just sounds so yummy!

And I must agree with you about winter depression. Unfortunately, I joined your college friends and moved to NYC immediately after graduating. I’m now in my fourth NYC winter, and it’s so gloomy! I actually can’t remember the last time I saw the sun. My cure is to act like the sun IS out. I go about my day, and sometimes, I still wear my sunglasses in the mornings…

Probably shouldn’t have admitted that. But oh well, I feel like this is the place for the “depressed” to express our feelings….no?


Dana January 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

AMAZING…blood oranges are totes the new sea salt caramel!


CouponClippingCook January 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I know this pie has to be over the top delicious….it has all of my fave ingredients in it. I would be in big trouble alone with this pie. It would be so gone so fast.


Anna @ the shady pine January 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I think I just drooled a little! This is a seriously good looking pie!


Mike S January 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

This looks amazing. I need to ask though, in the recipe for the topping you have: For topping: 1 1/4 cup chilled heavy cream 6 tablespoons 10 Nila Wafers Are we really supposed to include 6 tablespoons in the topping of this pie? :-)


Adrianna January 27, 2012 at 8:34 am

Ahhh let me fix that. It’s supposed to be 6 tablespoons powdered sugar.


Sabrina January 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I’m thisclose to making this pie and was coming here to print the recipe…but I believe your print link is broken. Just a heads up! I’m sure this will turn out delicious–it’s a lot like Kool-Aid pie.


Tina January 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

This looked so fantastic that I ran out and got blood oranges this morning, and it’s in the oven right now! We cannot wait to taste it! :]


Adrianna January 28, 2012 at 11:01 am



Let Me Eat Cake January 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

this is key lime pie’s cute cousin! such a great idea love it and love the nilas too!


Brittany January 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I’ve been looking for something exciting to do with blood oranges (as if they aren’t already exciting enough on their own), and this looks perfect! Yum yum yumyumyum. I can taste it already!


Trina January 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hrmm.. I can just mix it with the store bought crust that is ready….^^


Marcia Lozeau January 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

I am going to make this pie immediately. I just made a batch of blood orange infused vodka and it is AMAZING. Love the blood orange and winter tanning!!


Adrianna January 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Blood orange infused vodka?! SHUT UP. THATSAMAZING.


Trina January 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

Ohh.. That sound good… Please share the recipe..


Kristi February 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Mmmm…. this sounds GREAT! And yes, seasonal depression is totally a thing. Not overly-dramatic of you at ALL. Srsly. I am super excited to have found your funny self today – new fan here from How Sweet it Is. Bravo! ~Kristi


Adrianna February 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I love Jessica from How Sweet! Welcome. Glad you’re here! x


Peter February 21, 2012 at 12:34 am
Adrianna February 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Same looking pie, different recipe.


Patricia April 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

I made this pie minus the Nila Wafers this weekend. It was delish! I’m not a fan of key lime pie, so this was a great alternative for me and a great way to use up a bunch of blood oranges. Thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely make this again.


Adrianna April 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

High Five!


Ellie November 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

Tried this yesterday…the thing never set. I checked back and I followed the recipe…any ideas on what might have gone wrong? I have a very sad graham cracker crust full of pink soup


Adrianna Adarme November 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

Oh no. I don’t know. I’m wondering if it was the oven? How long did you bake it for? Apologies this recipe didn’t work out for you


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