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mother's lemon chiffon pie (sallye)

Recipe by
sallye bates
Austin, TX

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

yield 6 -8 slices
prep time 30 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mother's lemon chiffon pie (sallye)

  • 1
    envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/8 c
  • 4 lg
    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 lg
    egg whites (reserved from above)

How To Make mother's lemon chiffon pie (sallye)

  • 1
    Add 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)
  • 2
    Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/2 cup sugar into whites while beating. Set aside.
  • 3
    Bake pastry shell in 325º oven until light brown (about 10 minutes)
  • 4
    Place 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
  • 5
    Add 1/2 cup sugar and salt to eggs and continue whisking until well blended
  • 6
    Add lemon juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk until well blended.
  • 7
    Place double boiler top (or saucepan) with egg mixture over simmering water and cook until smooth and like a custard .
  • 8
    Remove from heat and fold in gelatine mixture and allow to cool
  • 9
    When cool, fold in beaten egg whites and sugar mixture. Pour into baked pastry shell and place in fridge to chill.
  • 10
    May be served with whipped cream as a topping.