A better-than-the-box lemon icebox pie - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

A better-than-the-box lemon icebox pie

Updated: Sep 29, 2011 04:01 PM EDT
© Anna Stockwell / Bonnier © Anna Stockwell / Bonnier
  • Past stories from SaveurMore>>

  • Putting heat to meat

    Putting heat to meat

    Among burger aficionados, no question is more hotly debated than that of which cooking method produces the tastiest results.
    Among burger aficionados, no question is more hotly debated than that of which cooking method produces the tastiest results.
  • The love of tea

    The love of tea

    Wherever you are in India, you're never far from a tea vendor peddling chai, a sweet, milky tea, from trays of steaming glasses.
    Wherever you are in India, you're never far from a tea vendor peddling chai, a sweet, milky tea, from trays of steaming glasses.
  • Cape Town's classic shake

    Cape Town's classic shake

    This avocado-mint milkshake from South Africa makes a cooling summer treat.
    This avocado-mint milkshake from South Africa makes a cooling summer treat.


By Judy Haubert


Last summer, my client's teenage daughter went through a lemon phase and, as their private chef, I could barely make enough lemony desserts to keep up with her interest.

I was desperately searching for new ideas when I stumbled upon a package of dairy-free whipped topping that promoted a recipe for lemon pie using frozen lemonade concentrate and a purchased graham cracker crust. 

Chicken recipes at Saveur»

It turned out surprisingly well, but I felt more than a little guilty using such blatant store-bought shortcuts. After all, I was being paid for my cooking prowess, and the recipe required none.

I figured there was a more authentic approach to such a crowd pleaser, and ultimately couldn't abide the sight of serving anything in that purchased foil pie tin.

16 easy casseroles at Saveur»

A whole year passed before I got around to updating the recipe, replacing the frozen non-dairy topping with real whipped cream, and making my own lemon simple syrup as a stand-in for the lemonade.

The store-bought graham crust was usurped by a self-assembled one using vanilla shortbread, and the addition of homemade candied lemon peel scattered over the top of the pie elevated this dessert into company status. 

The Saveur 100: Recipes and techniques» 

I made the new version for my client's daughter recently, the creamy slices of lemon mousse melting into crisp golden crust on a twilit late-summer evening.

The back-of-the-box version from the summer before hadn't given rise to such oohs and ahhs before digging in; the extra time and effort was worth it.



See the recipe for Lemon Icebox Pie »

 

© 2012 SAVEUR
All rights reserved.
*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.