June 08, 2016

"It's impossible to be ungrateful while eating a lemon ice box pie."  -Author Unknown  (kidding...it's me. I said that. And it's true.)

I believe ice box pies were invented by God to reward us for enduring the heat of summer.  Well, maybe not invented by God, but definitely inspired by Him.  Either way, they are a great culinary treasure here in the South.  You'll be happier just knowing this heavenly lemon pie is in your refrigerator (or ice box, as it were.)  Make one today. Thank me tomorrow. It's just that good!

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

3 T. powdered sugar

3 T. melted butter

6 egg yolks

2 (14 oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk

1 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 T. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and 3 T. powdered sugar.  Add the melted butter and stir to combine.  Press this mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Let cool completely.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice.  Pour this mixture into the prepared pie crust and bake for 15 minutes. Cool for 1 hour on a wire rack.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.  

With an electric mixer on high speed, beat the whipping cream and 2 T. powdered sugar until soft peaks form.  Drop large dollops all over the pie.  Garnish, if desired, with grated lemon zest or thin slices of lemon.

Makes 8 servings

1 Response


June 09, 2016

My Mom made these all my life. She always used vanilla wafers for crust which is better to me than grahan crackers.. She topped pie with meringue instead of whipped cream. I like this change.
Times have changed so much. Achieving crumbs then was accomplished with crackers put between two sheets of wax paper and rolled with a rolling pin. Was hard work and such a mess!! Now only takes a few seconds in a food processor or blender…. or might can buy the graham cracker crumbs OR just a pie shell. We surely do have it easier.

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