Saturday, June 12, 2010

Recipe: Lemon Swirl Cream Cheese Pie

This recipe popped up in my google reader and I just had to give it a try! My first attempt at pie making!  I'll admit, I cheated a bit by not making my own crust...I'm not quite there yet!

Lemon Curd Ingredients:
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
1/2 cup strained fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:
2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Reserved Lemon Curd

Garnish Ingredients:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

store bought graham cracker crust

small saucepan
mixer (hand or stand)
piping bag
star tip

note: this pie requires chilling overnight before serving.

Step by Step:
  1. lemon curd preparation is first.  beat eggs in bowl.
  2. in saucepan whisk togehter lemon zest, lemon juice & sugar
  3. turn oven to medium heat. stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  4. add in eggs
  5. add in butter
  6. cook (stirring constantly) over medium heat until curd has thickened (about 7 minutes)
  7. set aside 1/2 cup lemon curd (remaining is reserved to be used in pie filling later)
  8. cover with plastic wrap & allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  9. after curd has cooled for about 20 minutes preheat oven to 350 degrees
  10. prepare cream cheese filling.  in mixing bowl, beat cream cheese & sugar until smooth.
  11. beat in eggs, one at a time.
  12. add sour cream, vanilla extract, and reserved lemon curd (NOT the 1/2 cup set aside)
  13. pour mixture into pie shell.
  14. dollop the remaining 1/2 cup lemon curd onto filling and swirl through with a small knife
  15. bake 30 minutes. 
  16. remove and let cook for 2 hours.
  17. refrigerate overnight.
  18. prepare garnish. mix whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a chilled bowl.
  19. pour into piping bag and decorate border of pie as desired.
  20. refrigerate at least 1 hour prior to serving.
Lemony delicious,

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to try this and some of the other dessert recipes!! Thanks for the step by step pictures!


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