Lemon Chiffon Gingersnap Pie

January 13th, 2015

Lemon Chiffon Pie 1

One of the things to love about Winter is that it is citrus season.  Oranges, lemons, tangerines and blood oranges brighten the produce aisles of the supermarkets.  I usually have an orange for breakfast.  But for a bit more decadent way to enjoy citrus try this smooth chiffon pie with a bite from the gingersnap crust.  It brightens even the most gloomy of days.

We are beginning a kitchen project this week.  We have been slowly updating what we found when we bought the house in Florida.  We updated the appliances a few years ago and added new countertops.  The previous countertops were the same faux wood as our cabinets.  Not pretty.  We chose Corian.  We have granite in Lake Lure, but Corian seemed the right choice for Florida.  Our current project is to reface all of our kitchen cabinets, replacing the doors and adding a few pull out shelves.  Here is how the kitchen looks now.

Florida Kitchen 1

The new cabinets will be off white, creamier than what you see here.  The style is Shaker with a beadboard insert.  The installers will be here Thursday and Friday and should be able to finish the job in just those two days.

Florida Kitchen 5


The cabinet over the dishwasher will have glass doors.  I am anxious to see the results.  I will give you an update when it is all put back together again.  In the meantime, I will be making a pot of soup before the work begins.  I was told that we could still use the kitchen and it made sense to have soup in the fridge to reheat for dinner each night.

Lemon Chiffon Pie 2

I will also have this tart lemony pie with a hint of orange zest to dig into.  I plan to add this to my list of Florida desserts.  I usually make key lime pie for guests, but this lemon chiffon pie is a good alternative.  By the way, the background for my pie is a Downton Abbey wrapping paper available at World Market.  I was immediately attracted to it before I even knew its provenance. This year’s episodes of Downton Abbey are riveting.  What will happen to Mr. Bates?  Will Lady Mary find happiness?


1 1/4 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons sugar divided
1 package unflavored powdered gelatin
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a bowl, stir together the crumbs, butter, and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar until the crumbs are evenly moistened.  Pat the crumb mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom and all the way up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan or dish.  Bake until the crust is firm, 5-7 minutes.

Pour 1/4 cup cold water into a saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin.  Let stand until the gelatin softens and swells, 5-10 minutes.  Stir in the 3/4 cup granulated sugar, salt, lemon juice, orange zest, and egg yolks; the mixture will be lumpy.  Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the gelatin melts and the mixture thickens, 6-8 minutes.  Do not allow the mixture to boil.  Set the saucepan in an ice bath until the mixture is cool to the touch.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the cream and confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until thick, soft peaks form.  Spoon the whipped cream into the gelatin mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula until smooth.  Pour into the prepared crust, smoothing the top.

Refrigerate the pie until chilled and firm, 3-4 hours.  Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

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14 responses to “Lemon Chiffon Gingersnap Pie”

  1. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    I can’t wait to see you kitchen update! Make a big pot of soup is the perfect solution to a torn up kitchen. Your pie sounds wonderful. I love all kinds of citrus.

    We are suppose to have freezing rain tonight…boo…

  2. Madonna says:

    Can’t wait to see your finished kitchen, although the one you have looks pretty nice. The lemon chiffon sounds like a keeper to me.

  3. I can’t wait to see your new kitchen update and really hope it only takes days. You are smart to make a big pot of soup while your kitchen is “occupied.” Going out all of the time gets old quick. During out last big remodel, a gut and total redo for the entire place, we got so sick of everything being a mess that we ran off to the Keys to escape for a few days. Love your chiffon pie. I haven’t tasted a chiffon pie since I was a girl. It’s a fabulous idea for a Florida dessert.

  4. Monique says:

    I like the old kitchen too:) w/ the black and white it’s really cute.
    I have shaker style with beadboard and have not tired of it at all.
    I agree with Sam your dessert looks like Florida.
    Anything with “chiffon” sounds so vintage..retro..southern:)

  5. Larry says:

    Having seen what you did with the Lake Lure place, I’m confident this will be a show-home when you guys get done.

  6. Susan says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the update and how the cabinets turn out. It’s a project I’ve been wanting to do here also. Although, I think your kitchen looks great now! We are enjoying our fair share of citrus also, usually in the way of a fresh orange or grapefruit each morning. Your chiffon pie in a gingernap crust sounds delightful! It will be so interesting to see what happens on DA this season.

  7. Darla says:

    The pie looks delicious! Anxious to see your kitchen remodel when it is completed. You are fortunate to be in FL. I’m heading to NC today to see the grandkids and the roads sound terrible. Will wait a few hours to let the accidents clear. They have had snow and freezing rain on 85 and 95. Enjoy the warm weather there.

  8. I came back to say how much I like your small lamp. I think it’s nice to turn all of the lights out except a small lamp in the kitchen to signal that the kitchen is closed. I wish I could find one as nice and small as yours though. Small lamps seem hard to come-by these days, especially nice ones.

  9. Pondside says:

    Good luck with the kitchen update – I look forward to seeing it.
    The pie looks yummy – a very different take on those flavours, combined.

  10. Barbara says:

    Oh my, that pie looks DIVINE! I adore lemon and lime pies, any kind, but fun with the gingersnap crust. Sonoma has the best recipes, don’t they?
    Really looking forward to seeing what your new kitchen will look like. It will be a pain, but so worth it!

  11. Katie Zeller says:

    Kitchen updates are always exciting…. As are pies. That sounds delicious!

  12. cheri says:

    Can’t wait to see the outcome, change is always fun!

  13. Your cabinet makeover sounds beautiful, Penny. I did something similar last winter and just love it. I’m in the mood for lemon pie and using a gingersnap crust sounds delicious.

  14. Kate says:

    Lemon and gingersnaps…sounds so delicious! I know Mr. Bates would reappear if a slice of this pie was waiting for him!

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