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Homemade Lemon Pie in a Homemade Crust

This delicious lemon pie recipe is completely homemade, including the pastry crust. The filling is made with sugar, eggs, lemon gelatin, and fresh lemon, giving this homemade lemon pie a sweet, fresh, and deliciously tangy flavor. If you like lemon pie, you are really going to enjoy this one.

The eggs in lemon pie recipes give them a real richness and the whipping cream served with this lemon pie recipe is the perfect accompaniment. Lemon pie makes a great dessert and it is also a nice afternoon treat with a cup of tea or coffee. Kids like lemon pie as well, as long as it is sweet enough, and your little ones will enjoy this easy pie recipe just as much as you will.

For a change, you can use lime gelatin and lime juice or orange gelatin and orange juice instead of the lemons. A lot of people love lemon pie filling more than any other because it is sweet, tangy and really makes your mouth water when you imagine it. Lemon pie is great served icy cold and the lemon gelatin in this lemon pie recipe give the lemon pie filling a really nice firm texture.

The Best Lemon Pie Recipe
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 6
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  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 oz package lemon gelatin
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream, to serve
  1. Pulse the flour, ½ teaspoon of the salt and the powdered sugar in a food processor once or twice.
  2. Add the butter and pulse on and off until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the egg yolk and pulse once more.
  4. Add the water, a bit at a time, until the dough forms a ball against the food processor bowl sides.
  5. Press the dough evenly over the sides and base of a 9 inch spring form pan.
  6. Butter the shiny side of an aluminum foil sheet and press it tightly against the crust, buttered side down.
  7. Chill the crust for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake the crust for about 30 minutes, then take the aluminum foil off and cool the crust.
  9. Separate the other 3 eggs and mix the yolks with ¼ cup of the white sugar and 1 cup of the water in a pan.
  10. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring it all the time.
  11. Take the mixture off the heat and stir in the gelatin until it dissolves.
  12. Add the rest of the water and the lemon zest and juice and chill the mixture until it thickens a bit.
  13. Beat the egg whites with the salt until the mixture is foamy, then add ¼ cup of white sugar, a bit at a time, beating well after each addition.
  14. Keep beating the mixture until it stands in stiff peaks.
  15. Beat the gelatin mixture a bit, and then pour the meringue mixture into it.
  16. Pour it in to the cooled crust and chill until firm.
  17. Serve with some whipping cream on the side.

Photo Description:

This lemon pie recipe is simple to make and the resulting pie is really tasty. You can see from the photo that the pastry crust is also homemade. Readymade pastry sometimes looks “too perfect” whereas homemade crusts look really special. There are different recipes for pie crusts but the recipe used to make the crust for this homemade lemon pie is very simple. A generous dollop of whipped cream finishes this pie off wonderfully. Perhaps you have made lemon pie recipes before but this one is special because it is made with lemon gelatin for a firm texture and well beaten egg whites for an airy, fluffy texture.

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