Mother's Lemon Chiffon Pie (sallye) Recipe

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My mother was a wonderful baker, and had many handwritten recipes. This was one of my favorite pies during the holidays.

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6-8 slices
30 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


envelope unflavored gelatin
1/8 c
4 large
egg yolks, reserve whites
1/2 c
lemon juice, fresh
1 c
granulated sugar, divided in half
1/8 tsp
1 Tbsp
grated lemon zest
4 large
egg whites (reserved from above)


1Add gelatin to water and stir to mix. Set aside to allow gelatin to dissolve (5 or so minutes)

Place water in bottom of double boiler and place on medium high heat to boil. Once it begins to boil turn heat down until water is just simmering.

NOTE: If you don't have a double boiler place water in a heavy skillet (cast iron is best)
2Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/2 cup sugar into whites while beating. Set aside.
3Bake pastry shell in 325º oven until light brown (about 10 minutes)
4Place egg yolks in top of double boiler and whisk until thick and lemon colored

NOTE: If you don't have a double boiler, place eggs in a heavy saucepan
5Add 1/2 cup sugar and salt to eggs and continue whisking until well blended
6Add lemon juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk until well blended.
7Place double boiler top (or saucepan) with egg mixture over simmering water and cook until smooth and like a custard .
8Remove from heat and fold in gelatine mixture and allow to cool
9When cool, fold in beaten egg whites and sugar mixture. Pour into baked pastry shell and place in fridge to chill.
10May be served with whipped cream as a topping.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American