Monday, September 21, 2009

Lemon Amish Pie

I don't know what makes this pie Amish. The original recipe called for Cool Whip. Somehow, I can't see the wife in the long black dress and bonnet saying, "OK, Jacob, just take the horse and buggy down to the Giant Market and snag me a tub of Cool Whip, so I can make a truly authentic Amish pie, now. Chop, chop, this stuff has to thaw and we don't have all day!" Anyway, I made it with real whipped cream, and am pleased to present it to you.


1 unbaked pie crust
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon rind
1-1/2 cups hot milk
Whipped cream

Beat the egg whites until very stiff and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar, and beat in the egg yolks until well combined. Add the flour, salt, lemon juice, rind, and milk, and beat until smooth. Stir the beaten egg whites into the lemon mix, and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely and top with whipped cream (or maybe genuine Amish cool whip).

Notice how runny my pie is. This is because I got impatient, and didn't wait until it was cold to cut it. After serving 3 runny pieces, I put the rest in the fridge, and it firmed up beautifully. So, learn from my error - or just have soft pie!

My 24 year old fussiest person on the planet said this was quite good. My 13 year old said it was a little eggier than normal lemon pie. My 9 year old fussbudget just ate it. And my dearly beloved commented that it only had a vague lemon flavor; it was really more just a custard pie. That comment notwithstanding, he and the fussiest person on the planet finished it the next morning for breakfast. Maybe a touch of lemon extract would give it more lemon flavor. Either way, I've been given permission to make this pie again.


Paula said...

Those four fellas sound like a judging panel! I could picture them at a long table, each with a serving of pie, tasting and rating the entries! I loved the "eggy" comment! :-) It sure looks good to me, and I bet it tastes terrific. Sometimes I like a predominant lemon flavor and other times I like it subtle. You have become quite the pie maker! Man, now I want pie!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'd like to see them in the kitchen just trying to out do you! I think with the lemon zest, the lemon flavor would be pretty pronounced.

I love any kind of lemon pie and I can't wait to try this!

Channon said...

Oh, I'm glad I only have one judge! I haven't gotten brave enough - or back enough - to try a pie, but I'll let you know when I do.

Tatersmama said...

Well, just look who's all gettin' down with pies... and piecrust!
See? We knew you could do it!

I've always been a pie-person myself and when we were kids, we used to get to choose our "birthday cake".
I always chose my mom's cherry cream cheese pie - but Lemon Amish Pie sounds good enough for a birthday cake!

Try adding more lemon zest (rind) 1T sounds pretty mild to me, and I think it would add a lot to a more lemony flavor.

Pam said...

Lemon is my favorite dessert flavor - this pie looks perfect Marjie. I sure wish we were neighbors so I could sneak over for a slice.

The orange pie down below looks delicious too.

Mickle in NZ said...

I'm sure there is a place for pie crust making in the younger two lads' science and english lessons. Fusspot aged 24 needs to be forced to cook, with the alternative of starvation.

A dearly beloved who looks after all the laundry is a treasure to love and feed. As are blokes who can cook. At a quilters get together on Sunday dear Mum showed a quilt she'd made and reported on the progress of others underway, then my dear Dad piped up "...and I do the cooking" - the other women there turned to Mum to ask where did she find him!

I'll have to work more to master pastry........ just hope you got your own slice of the pie,
xxx Michelle

Grace said...

mmm...creamy, and so much better than those with the stinkin' meringue topping. just luscious!

buffalodick said...

One time I made a lemon cheesecake, and went overboard on the fresh lemon juice- and it did come out like custard! Home made whipped cream is a challenge for me sometimes.. I think Amish is a catch-all term for home-made sometimes!

noble pig said...

I am laughing so hard about the cool whip-amish idea. Love the idea!

Pam said...

This puts me in the mood for a custardy pie. Would you please come back me one?

gaylen said...

chop chop! You crack me up - JB gives me the funniest looks when I'm reading blogs and spit all over the computer.

This does sound like a lovely lemon pie. g

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