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Luscious Lemon Pie

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.


6-8 servings

My mother always made this around the holidays for our family. Now I have four married daughters and seven grandchildren, and I serve lemon pie all year!


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, optional


  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk, egg yolks and lemon juice. Cook and stir over boiling water until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 3 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and stir in butter and lemon zest. Cool, stirring occasionally. When mixture is room temperature, stir in sour cream. Pour into shell and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  2. For topping, whip cream until thickened; beat in sugar and almond extract, if desired. Continue to beat until stiff. Spread or pipe with pastry bag on pie before serving.

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