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Mom’s Lemon Custard Pie

My mother often made this lemon pie back when we were growing up. You might say it's stood the test of time because today it's still my 75-year-old brother's favorite! The beaten egg whites give it a delicate texture and make this custard pie quite unique! It's a great way to finish off any meal. —Jeannie Fritson, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • Dough for single-crust pie
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • Optional: Whipped cream, lemon slices and fresh mint

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  • In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until well blended. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk, flour and salt; mix well. Stir in lemon juice and zest; set aside. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; gently fold into lemon mixture.
  • Pour into crust. Bake until lightly browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, garnish with whipped cream, lemon and mint. Store in the refrigerator.
Editor's Note
Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 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: 315 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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