If you’re a fan of tangy desserts, then look no further than a simple lemon pie recipe. Bursting with bright citrus flavors and a buttery crust, this dessert is perfect for any occasion. Even if you’re new to baking, this foolproof recipe will guide you through the process step by step. Get ready to indulge in a slice of heaven with this deliciously tangy lemon pie.
The Perfect Crust
The foundation of any good pie is its crust, and a lemon pie is no exception. To create the perfect crust for your lemon pie, start by gathering the following ingredients: all-purpose flour, salt, unsalted butter, and ice water.
In a large bowl, combine 1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour with a pinch of salt. Cut in ½ cup (1 stick) of cold unsalted butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together.
Next, transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow it to firm up. Once chilled, roll out the dough into a circle that’s slightly larger than your pie dish.
Carefully transfer the rolled-out dough into your greased pie dish and gently press it against the sides and bottom. Trim any excess overhang and crimp or flute the edges for an attractive finish.
The Luscious Lemon Filling
Now that you have your crust ready, let’s move on to creating the luscious lemon filling that will make your taste buds dance with delight. For this part of the recipe, gather fresh lemons (about four medium-sized ones), granulated sugar, cornstarch, eggs, and heavy cream.
Start by juicing the lemons until you have ½ cup of fresh lemon juice. In a medium saucepan, combine the lemon juice with 1 cup of granulated sugar and ¼ cup of cornstarch. Whisk together until the sugar and cornstarch are fully dissolved.
In a separate bowl, beat three large eggs. Slowly pour in the lemon mixture while continuously whisking to prevent curdling. Once combined, return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
Once thickened, remove from heat and stir in ¼ cup of heavy cream. This will give your filling a creamy texture that balances out the tartness of the lemons. Pour the filling into your prepared pie crust and smooth it out with a spatula.
Baking to Perfection
With your crust and filling ready, it’s time to bake your lemon pie to perfection. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) while you assemble the final touches.
Before placing your pie in the oven, consider covering the edges with aluminum foil or a pie crust shield to prevent them from browning too quickly. This will ensure that both the crust and filling cook evenly.
Bake your lemon pie for about 30-35 minutes or until the filling is set but still slightly jiggly in the center. Once done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely before serving or refrigerating for a couple of hours for an even firmer texture.
Your deliciously tangy lemon pie is now ready to be enjoyed. Serve each slice on its own or add a dollop of whipped cream on top for an extra touch of indulgence. You can also sprinkle some powdered sugar or garnish with fresh lemon zest for added visual appeal.
This simple lemon pie recipe is perfect for beginners looking to impress their friends and family with a homemade dessert. Its tangy and creamy filling paired with the buttery crust will have everyone coming back for seconds. So grab your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready to create a mouthwatering lemon pie that will leave everyone craving more.
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