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Lemon ice box pie

This is Week #29 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.


I will admit that since starting this blog, I don't often make the same thing twice. If I do make something more than once, its status automatically becomes Excellent. This lemon pie? EXCELLENT. It is insanely delicious and will be made again and again in my kitchen. My husband and I each took a bite and simultaneously went, "Ohhhh! MMMmmm!" We agreed that it tastes like Key Lime Pie's first cousin, Key Lemon Pie. And then we fought over the rest of the piece.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Add to a food processor:

14 whole graham crackers, broken

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Pulse until finely ground but not powdery.

Add 6 tablespoons of butter and pulse until the crumbs are evenly moistened.

Transfer to a 9-inch springform pan and press into the bottom and two-thirds up the side. Set the pan on a rimmed baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, whisk together:

Two 14-oz. cans sweetened condensed milk

1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice

In another bowl, add:

2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest

8 large egg yolks

Using a handheld mixer, beat the zest-yolk mixture until pale.

Beat in the condensed milk mixture until smooth.

Pour the filling into the crust.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center jiggles slightly when the pie is moved.

Transfer the pan to a rack. Allow it to cool for 1 hour. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and freeze the pie for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Wrap a warm, damp kitchen towel around the side of the springform pan to release the pie and remove the ring. Using a hot knife, slice the pie, transfer to plates and serve immediately.

Excellent excellent excellent!

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (38)

I can dig excellent :) And I've got all that stuff in my kitchen right now! Is 925am too early for lemon pie? I THINK NOT!

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

This looks amazing!!! I love citrus and can't wait to make this!

This looks great..... I love lemon I'm going to have to make this even if no one else in the house likes lemon they are on their own. :)

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

Ooooh thank you! I have been searching high and low for this recipe! You rock, lady!

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Wilson

Oh my word does this look AMAZING! I love lemon desserts so I know I would just adore this. I really wish I had a huge slice of it right now. YUM! :)

Oh it is just so refreshing looking! So bright and delicious!

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRavieNomNoms

Wow! This looks so good! I love lemon desserts - especially at this time of year and this looks just perfect. I'll definitely be giving this a go.

This looks creamy and delicious! Like key lime pie but lemon - can't wait to try it!

I am making this ASAP!! Sounds so refreshing!

07.20.2011 | Unregistered Commentersteph

Oh my goodness... I just made my first lemon cream pie, and this looks just as delicious (with the creaminess mixed in)! Definitely going on my to-do list.

Oh, and I almost never bake anything more than once either – if I can't get a post out of it I usually can't be bothered! But there are a few faves (pumpkin pie, banana bread) that are constantly rotated behind the scenes...

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

what a gorgeous pie! I love how the crust comes up higher it really looks great! I bet really delicious too, I do love lemon anything and that creamy dessert is right up my alley!

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChef Dennis

This pie looks so fresh and beautiful! It's perfect for summer. Yum!

Oh this would definitely be made twice-zillion times in my kitchen!! DELICIOUS!!!

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

It looks so delicious! And refreshing!

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJun

I love Lemon Ice Box pie!! I've never tried it with condensed milk... This might call for a taste test! =)

Recipe sounds excellent! And pie looks excellent excellent!

07.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDangira

I love key lime pie and if you say this is its cousin then I need to try it immediately!! Thanks for sharing :)

07.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan @swEEts

This looks insanely delicious! I was looking for a nice dessert to serve the in-laws this weekend and I think this is just the thing! ;) Thanks!

07.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlida Ryder

This really does looks absolutely excellent, and its sliced so perfectly! If i did that it would be a broken up crumby mess, but delicious non-the less im sure by the sounds of that yummy recipe :) In a lemon loving household such as this im pretty sure this would go down a storrmmm. Gorgeous photos too!

This looks absolutely fantastic. I love lemon desserts and this looks so rich and creamy. Definitely printing this out. Buzzed!

07.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet@FCTC

How gorgeous it looks.. So perfectly baked and with that lemon zest .. yummy!!!

07.21.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkankana

That looks so refreshing.

07.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

This looks absolutely fabulous! A great Summer Treat!

07.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Farmers Wife

I agree with you. Excellent excellent, excellent. Love the condensed milk. Must make this pronto.

07.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdora's Box

I love lemon just screams SUMMER to me! This looks wonderful...if you want to add some really good lemon bars to your bag of tricks, come by my blog. I posted one earlier this week from Secret Recipe Swap that was really fantastic!!

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