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Pineapple Sponge Pie

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.


8 servings

Here’s a home-style delight featuring a fluffy sponge layer on top and a smooth custard on the bottom. The pairing of tangy pineapple and lemon is so refreshing after a big dinner.


  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained and chopped
  • Fresh pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries, optional


  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate; flute edges. Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Blend in the milk, lemon juice and zest. Add dry ingredients; mix well. Stir in pineapple.
  3. Beat egg whites and remaining salt until stiff peaks form; fold into filling. Spoon into pie pastry.
  4. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes; lower temperature to 325° and bake 25-30 minutes longer or until top is puffed and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Garnish with pineapple and cherries if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

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