Sour Power!

Slight change of plans for our holiday this year. We had planned on spending Thanksgiving with Josh’s family in Michigan, until Josh realized he has a very important hockey game to coach tonight and didn’t want to miss it! He also has a tournament to coach beginning Friday morning, so going for one day seemed like too much of a hassle! Their family’s Thanksgiving is huge, I mean huuuuge…so big that they have to rent a hall that can hold  at least 75 people! They also alternate between Battle Creek and Port Huron every year. They are super cute about everything, going in early to decorate, creating a menu and delegating which couples/families bring what, etc. Such a fantastic tradition and a great chance for the entire clan to get together and celebrate…big bummer we are missing it…but there is always Port Huron next year! Josh’s sister Mandy makes this lemon pie that is his absolute favorite and since he can’t be with his family this year, I figured I’d make it for him so he can at least have some ‘taste of home!’ The key to this pie however, is having time and patience! It is a pretty difficult recipe overall but mostly takes a long time…standing over the stove and stirring constantly…not one of those you can just throw together and wait for it to bake! But for him, it’s worth slaving over! So here is the recipe:

Lemon Truffle Pie:

  • pie crust (either pre-made or you can make your own), baked and cooled
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh is definitely best)
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 6 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese
  • Whipped cream
  • Slivered almonds

In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, flour and cornstarch. Gradually add the water until it is smooth and heat over medium until thickened and boiling, stirring constantly. Once boiling, reduce to low heat and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and temper/add 1/4 of the hot lemon mixture into the egg yolks, stirring constantly (so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs), then add the egg yolk mixture to the lemon mixture and return to low heat and heat until boiling, stirring constantly (this takes a very long time, do not raise from low, just be patient and wait for it to come to a boil…this is the hardest part)! Once boiling, cook for 2 minutes, remove from heat and add in butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Once butter is melted, add 1/3 of the hot lemon mixture to a small sauce pan and melt the white chocolate over low heat until just melted. Set aside the remaining 2/3 lemon mixture and let it cool. Once the white chocolate is melted, in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy, add in white chocolate mixture. Beat until well blended. Top the baked and cooled pie crust with the white chocolate mixture followed by the lemon mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving. Serve topped with whipped cream and slivered almonds. Big tip for making this pie is to have everything ready and out because things move quickly once everything starts happening! I have everything measured out in bowls, eggs beaten, cream cheese fluffed, etc all before beginning because you do not have any hands free to do it while stirring and waiting!

This is a very rich and decadent pie from what I understand…I am not a big fan of lemon or pie in general (it’s not chocolate after all) but I am told that this pie is amazing…so for the lemon lovers out there, I say it’s worth it! I will take a picture of the finished pic with the whipped cream when serving tomorrow to post for you guys! I also made a pumpkin cheesecake, recipe courtesy of Paula Deen but have yet to taste it so I don’t want to share the recipe if it isn’t even good! My top cracked pretty good so it is unappealing which makes me hesitant…I definitely should have gone with my gut and used a water bath for cooking…lesson learned for next time! Nothing a little whipped cream can’t cover up…I’ll let you all know how that one turned out! Have a great Thanksgiving and please share any and all fabulous recipes with me! I am always looking for new things to try!

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About valuptuousvittles

I am a chiropractor with a passion for eating, baking and wine! It seems that my life is consumed by food, whereas most people eat to live, I live to eat!

Posted on November 23, 2011, in Bakery/Dessert Recipes, Pies. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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