Good Day Alabama: Old-Fashioned Lemon Icebox Pie

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Summer ‘cue just isn’t the same without this classic sweet ending. Pucker up. No sweetened condensed milk on-hand… No problem. Whip up a few kitchen staples for this barbecue joint-worthy pie.

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makes 8 servings

1/3 cup melted butter
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
A pinch of Kosher salt
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
4 Tbsp cornstarch
4 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Lemon curls

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the butter, the graham cracker crumbs, the brown sugar & the salt in a bowl.
Press in the bottom, up the sides & on the lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.
Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven & cool for 20 minutes.

Whisk together 1 cup of the sugar & the cornstarch in a 3-qt saucepan.
Whisk together the egg yolks, the milk & the lemon juice in a medium bowl.
Gradually whisk the milk mixture into the sugar mixture, blending until well combined.

a tablespoon utensil is much easier to maneuver in the cornstarch container
rather than a 1/4 cup measure
be sure to level each scoop before adding to the pot

Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 7 minutes.

the mixture will begin to bubble on the surface
… around the 6 1/2 minute mark

Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute or until thickened & velvety.
Remove from the heat.

Pour the lemon filling into the prepared pie crust.
Cover the surface directly with plastic wrap.
Chill at least 12 hours.

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Beat the whipping cream, the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar & the vanilla
in the bowl of an electric stand mixer
with the whip attachment until soft peaks form.

Remove the plastic wrap from the pie.
Spoon the whipped cream over the lemon filling.
Garnish with lemon curls just before serving.

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The 411

The Tools

A channel knife will provide beautiful, long strips of rind.
Start at the top of the lemon & spin the fruit
while dragging the sharp tip through the skin surface.

Take care of this before juicing your lemons for the filling.

Wrap the strips around a drinking straw.
Secure each end with straight pins & allow to stand for about 5 minutes.

Remove the pins & garnish the pie.
Keep the strips tight & close for the best curls.

The Lemons

Any will do.
But the best ones are loose & large from the bins.
Bright cheery color, firm-ish texture & perfectly polished.

Expect 2 to 3 Tbsp of juice from each lemon depending on the size.


Cooking Lessons
Follow these additional tips & pointers to make your best pie ever

The Pie Plate

Pie plates can be tricky when it comes to accurate measurements.
You’ll sometimes find 2 pie plates marked as 9-inches in size
however one appears to be smaller than the other.

As far as depth goes,
the side angles & math-y geometry can create an optical illusion
even though the depth is the same.

I used a pie plate with a wide lip
the inside measures 9-inches with a depth of 1 1/2-inches.

If you have one without the lip,
expect to have a tad bit of crust remaining.

The Shortcut Hostess

Omit the graham cracker crust.
Substitute a prepared store-purchased crust.
Many flavors are available… simply use your favorite.

Slip the finished pie into a pretty pie plate
…foil pan & all for a beautiful presentation.

The Texture

Expect a firm filling with a silky smooth finish.
Perfect for pretty slices. 

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