I’ve made this pie for over 40 years now and it’s still our fave!

Written by Imad
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There’s something about the lightness of chiffon pie that just spells out ‘home comfort’ to me, and when it’s saturated with the bright taste of lemon, it can brighten up even the cloudiest of days. Lemon Chiffon Pie is a classic confection that’s been gracing dinner tables for decades. It’s a delightful amalgamation of fluffy texture and tangy flavor, a perfect dessert for those who fancy something sweet but not overly heavy. This pie is a wonderful option for family gatherings, Sunday dinners, or just a simple treat to make an ordinary day a bit more special.

When it comes to serving Lemon Chiffon Pie, I love adding a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top and sometimes a sprinkle of lemon zest for an extra bit of zip and color. It’s a dessert that stands proud on its own, but if you’re looking to make a full spread, it pairs beautifully with a sharp cup of coffee or a gentle, soothing tea. And for the little ones, a glass of milk alongside a slice of this pie can make an afternoon special.

Lemon Chiffon Pie

Servings: 8


– 1 cup granulated sugar

– 1/4 cup cornstarch

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1 1/2 cups water

– 4 large egg yolks, beaten

– 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons)

– 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

– 1 baked 9-inch pie crust (either homemade or store-bought)

– 4 egg whites

– 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

– 1/2 cup granulated sugar


1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually stir in the water, blending until smooth.

2. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

3. Gradually whisk about half of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks, then return the yolk mixture to the saucepan, stirring constantly.

4. Bring back to a gentle boil and cook for an additional minute, or until the mixture has thickened.

5. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, zest, and butter until well combined. Let this lemon filling cool until it’s just warm.

6. Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).

7. In a large, clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/2 cup of sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.

8. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the lemon filling to lighten it. Then pour the mixture into the baked pie crust.

9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is lightly golden.

10. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.

11. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.

Variations & Tips:

– If you’re catering to someone who’s not a fan of lemon, you can substitute with lime or orange juice and zest for a different, yet equally delightful flavor.

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