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Lemon Supreme Pie

A friend and I often visit a local restaurant for pie and coffee. When they stopped carrying our favorite lemon supreme pie, I got busy in the kitchen and created this version, which we think tastes even better! The combination of the cream cheese and tart lemon is wonderful. —Jana Beckman, Wamego, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • Dough for single-crust deep-dish pie
  • LEMON FILLING:
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 4 to 5 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
  • 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Line crust with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake on a lower oven rack until edge is golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake until bottom is golden brown, 3-6 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For lemon filling, combine 3/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt in a small saucepan. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; add remaining sugar. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, lemon zest and, if desired, food coloring. Gently stir in lemon juice. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  • For cream cheese filling, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and lemon juice. Spread over pie shell.
  • Cover cream cheese filling with lemon filling. Refrigerate pie overnight.
  • If desired, dollop additional whipped topping over lemon filling. Refrigerate until serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cornstarch needs just a few minutes of boiling to thicken a sauce, gravy or dessert filling. If it cooks too long, the cornstarch will begin to lose its thickening power. Carefully follow the recipe for the best results.
  • Go for freshly squeezed lemon juice when preparing this pie. Bottled lemon juice, which is from concentrate, won’t provide the same bright, fresh flavor.
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  • Editor's Note
    Combine 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 2/3 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-6 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 625 calories, 35g fat (22g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 501mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.