Lemon Chiffon Pie
This lemon chiffon pie is a TREASURED family recipe. We can trace it back to my great, great grandmother who lived in the 1800’s! If you’ve never had lemon chiffon pie before than you’re really in for a treat–it’s one my all time favorite pies!
Unlike more tart and dense lemon pies, this one has a soft lemon flavor and it’s ultra creamy, light and fluffy. Pair it with our Perfect Pie Crust and you will really “wow” your guests.
How to make Lemon Chiffon Pie:
I love this pie because the ingredients are simple and I usually have everything on hand.
Add water, lemon juice, salt, 1 cup sugar, and butter to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, stir together the cornstarch and ½ cup of water in a small bowl. Add it to the saucepan and cook it until it has thickened.
Separate the egg yolks and whites into two separate bowls. Beat the egg yolks with a fork, and beat the egg whites with electric mixers, slowly adding the remaining ½ cup sugar.
Add a large spoonful of the hot mixture from the saucepan to the egg yolks and stir well. Continue slowly adding a few more spoonfuls, stirring after each addition to temper the eggs.
Add the tempered egg mixture to the saucepan and the remove it from heat and stir in the lemon zest. Allow the filling to cool for 10-15 minutes before folding in the beaten egg whites.
Pour the filling into a cooled pie shell and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I like to place a piece of wax or parchment paper gently over the top of the pie (if you use plastic wrap or tinfoil it will pull some of the topping off when you remove it). Top the pie with freshly whipped cream, for serving.
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Lemon Chiffon Pie
- 1 9 inch baked pie shell
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- dash of salt
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar , divided
- 1/2 cup butter
- 5 Tablespoons cornstartch + ½ cup water
- 3 large eggs , yolks and whites separated
- lemon zest , from one small lemon
- fresh whipped cream , for topping
- Add 1 ½ cups water, lemon juice, salt, 1 cup sugar, and butter to a large saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil.
- While waiting for mixture to boil, stir cornstarch and ½ cup of water together in a small bowl. Stir into saucepan and turn heat to low. Cook until thickened.
- Separate the egg yolks and whites into two separate bowls. Beat the egg yolks with a fork.
- Add a large spoonful of the hot mixture from the saucepan, to the egg yolks and stir well. Continue slowly adding a few more spoonfuls, stirring after each addition to temper the eggs.
- Add the tempered egg mixture to the saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Beat the egg whites with electric beaters. Slowly add ½ cup sugar as you go. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Fold egg whites into the mixture in the saucepan.
- Pour filling into cooled pie shell. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I like to place a piece of wax or parchment paper gently over the top of the pie (if you use plastic wrap or tinfoil it will pull some of the topping off when you remove it).
- Top with freshly whipped cream.
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*I originally shared this recipe in November 2013. Updated November 2018.
IT IS DELICIOUS MADE IT OFTEN, NO PROBLEMS. THANKS!
Unfortunately this didn’t turn out well for me. The problem for a fairly novice dessert maker — though not an inexperienced cook — is that an instruction that says cook until thickened without an idea of HOW thickened wasn’t sufficient for me. The pie tasted DELICIOUS but didn’t set.
Followed steps exactly as stated and this never set. Flavor was good but definitely not the presentation I was looking for. Dumped it and started again with a different recipe.
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