Lemon Cream Pie

Lemon Cream Pie


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About this recipe: A fluffy and tangy lemon filling sits on top of a chocolate pastry case, which is then smothered in whipped cream. This dessert is delicious, serve thickly sliced for an indulgent treat.


Makes: 1 23cm tart

  • Chocolate Pastry
  • 125g plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons drinking cocoa mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 70g margarine, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop red food colouring
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • Lemon Filling
  • 3 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 175ml boiling water
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon unflavoured gelatine
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 30g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 250ml double cream, chilled
  • 4 tablespoons shaved chocolate

Prep:45min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr5min 

  1. Preheat an oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
  2. To make the chocolate pastry dough, combine the flour, drinking cocoa mix and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in the margarine with a knife until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk, vanilla and food colouring and toss with a fork until the flour mixture is moistened. Roll the pastry dough out between two sheets of greaseproof paper and transfer it to a 23cm tart tin. Trim or crimp the edges. Prick the bottom and sides of the pastry dough with a fork and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  3. Bake the pastry dough in the preheated oven until it is set and the edges have darkened slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a rack. Meanwhile, sprinkle the gelatine over the cold water and set aside.
  4. To make the filling, mix the cornflour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 200g sugar together in a saucepan. Gradually whisk in the boiling water. Heat the mixture over high heat until the mixture boils. Reduce the heat and simmer until the filling is thick and clear, 8 to 10 minutes. Gradually whisk a portion of the hot filling into the beaten egg yolks. Return the yolk mixture to the saucepan and cook for 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
  5. Stir in the rehydrated gelatine mixture and mix until dissolved. Blend in the butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice; remove from heat.
  6. Beat egg whites until foamy in a large glass or metal mixing bowl. Gradually add the 3 tablespoons sugar, continuing to beat until medium-stiff peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the tip of the peak formed by the egg whites should curl over slightly.
  7. Use a rubber spatula or wire whisk to fold 1/3 of the beaten egg whites (meringue) into the hot filling mixture. Gently run the spatula through the centre of the bowl, then around the sides of the bowl, repeating until fully incorporated. Add the remaining meringue, folding just until incorporated. Allow the mixture to cool for 25 minutes; the filling should mound from a spoon when dropped back into the bowl.
  8. Whip the cream until stiff. Fold the whipped cream into the filling and gently spread the filling in the cooled baked pie shell. Sprinkle the pie with the chocolate shavings and refrigerate until serving.

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