Luscious Lemon Pie Recipe
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Luscious Lemon Pie Recipe

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My mother always made this around the holidays for our family. Now I have four married daughters and seven grandchildren, and I serve lemon pie all year!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 458 calories, 28 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 151 mg cholesterol, 217 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk, egg yolks and lemon juice. Cook and stir over boiling water until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 3 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and stir in butter and lemon peel. Cool, stirring occasionally. When mixture is room temperature, stir in sour cream. Pour into shell and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  2. For topping, whip cream until thickened; beat in sugar and almond extract if desired. Continue to beat until stiff. Spread or pipe with pastry bag on pie before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Luscious Lemon Pie in Country Extra July 1991, p47

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"Delicious but a little time consuming and challenging to make."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"Delicious, Refreshing perfect for summer. I like my lemon pie, lemony so I doubled the amount of lemon and reduced the milk. I also added a small amount of heavy cream. The result was outstanding ."

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