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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Vintage Recipe-Lemon Ice Box Pie

Want a picture perfect summer time recipe?  Then you can't go wrong with ice box pie.  A truly retro dessert ice box pies date back to the 1800s when before the advent or refrigeration families had ice boxes.  Large wood chests that were lined in metal and held a huge block of ice at the top for keeping perishables cool.

Of course by the 1920s and 30s modern refrigeration was wide spread but ice box pies continued to be popular summer desserts until the 1950s and lemon was a particular favorite.  Most recipes used condensed milk or jello or such, but I like the Magnolia Bakery's recipe which uses real lemon curd.  The only thing to remember is this recipe takes two days to make, but its very easy.

Lemon Ice Box Pie

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted melted
2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups Lemon Curd Filling ( see recipe below)

Garnish: (optional)

To make the crust: In a small bowl, combine the butter and the vanilla wafer crumbs. Press firmly into a lightly buttered 9-inch glass pie dish. Wrap tightly with plastic and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the filling: In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the Lemon Curd. Pour into the prepared crust and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with berries around the edge of the pie and lemon slices. if desired.

Lemon Curd Filling: 
 6 egg yolks, at room temperature
 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
 3/4 cups sugar
1/2  cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

In a medium-size saucepan, whisk in the first 5 ingredients until thoroughly combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir constantly over medium heat. Cook about 10 minutes until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add the butter, one piece at a time, stirring to incorporate.  Place in refrigerator overnight until firm.


  1. What a great summer time recipe.

  2. Hard to go wrong with lemon, cream and sugar!
    Sounds totally delicious.
    Am slobbering a bit just thinking about it. And I am not a dog.
    PS Bertie is very chuffed about your comment on his Scottie poem. He is so honoured to be mentioned in the same breath as the revered Bertie Wooster!

  3. Omigoodness. That looks AMAZING.

  4. Ohhhh that looks super yummy!

  5. Just saw a segment of an ice box pie on TV. Great combo of ingredients. Golden Woofs

  6. Now that is a first for us over here. Never heard of them before but they do look delicious. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. Yum to the ninth degree - this looks fantastic!!! You could pretty much serve me lemon flavoured everything from May to September and I'd be the happiest of campers. It's just one of the intensely summery flavours that suits this season so well (peaches are another in my books).

    Thank you for sharing another seriously lovely recipe with us, dear Kate - they always leave me hungry in a good way. :)

    ♥ Jessica


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