Lemon Pie Dessert

We set up a game night date with our friends the McDonnells. We had a similar night at their house after Christmas where we got to eat some of Dianne’s delicious Christmas cookies. We went out for dinner at the Fireside Grill, which used to be a McMennimans and is much better after the change. Then we came home for a game of Mexican Train and dominoes.  Since we were at our house I figured I’d better make some dessert. Back at the end of the summer my friend Butch came over from Idaho to visit his daughter; I served this Lemon Ice Box Pie for them and it was a big hit. Since it is the dead of winter I thought it might be nice to reach for a bit of summer.  I got this recipe from Cook’s Country.

Since I don’t know how to make pie crust, this was an obvious choice. This dessert is terrific and is very easy to make. I asked Dianne if she’d come over some time to teach me how to make a real pie crust. I’m looking forward to that.

There isn’t a lot to this recipe. This pie is the only time I’ve used sweetened condensed milk; oh, my! it is sweet, thick, rich goodness. It serves as the base for this pie.

I don’t like the color of that photo; let’s try some adjustments

Small set of ingredients
 I melted some butter and gave it, sugar and graham cracker pieces a whirl in the food processor.

Butter, sugar and graham crackers for the crust. The butter will be melted before adding.
Crust is ready for baking

The hardest part of this recipe is pressing the graham cracker crust evenly into the pie pan without gouging holes or cracks in it. Once that is accomplished we back it for about 15 minutes; this was just on the edge of burning the edges

Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes.

After letting the crust cool completely, whisk the sweetened condensed milk, 3 egg yolks and 3/4 cup lemon juice. Pour into the crust and cook another little bit.

A picture of the pie trying to remove the reflection of the overhead lights.

Out of the oven

After cooling on the rack for an hour it goes into the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours. Just before serving I whipped up some cream with a bit of the sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice.

Dessert is served

I came “this close” to winning 2 hands of dominoes but lost because I jumped the gun. I better never play poker since I have about 100 “tells”. But we had a nice evening.

Rating: ★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars. One of my favorite desserts.

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