Ice box dessert recipes started cropping up in home cokes recipes files.
These simple deserts, often made without a stove at all, but always with a long rest in the ice box, rely on whipped cream, cookies, and/or fruits to make a cool tasty treat.
Sadly these delicious summer desserts have largely fallen out of favor. It's really too bad because they are SO easy to make and truly delicious. One of my favorites is this Lemon Ice Box Pie. I use an ever so slightly modified version of the recipe from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, but there are many versions. It's a perfect recipe for welcoming warmer days. I make it every summer, in fact I think I may have shared the recipe on this blog before, but here it is again!
Lemon Ice Box Pie From the Magnolia Bakery
For the lemon curd
12 egg yolks at room temperature
3 tbsp grated and minced lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
Separate the eggs while they are cold, placing the yolks in a large sauce pan. Reserve the egg whites for another use, you can store them in a zip lock bag in the freezer and thaw them at a later date to make pavlova or another egg white recipe. Let the yolks sit in the pan until they come to about room temperature, 30 min to an hour. Whisk the lemon juice and zest and the sugar into the yolks. Place the pan over medium low heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the curd is thick and bubbly, about 20 min. Remove from the heat and immediately whisk in the butter, one piece at a time. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until cold, several hours or overnight.
For the crust
1 box Nilla wafers
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Grind the cookies in a food processor and add the butter and process until moist crumbs form. Press into an ungreased glass pie pan and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
For the filling
Chilled lemon curd
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Beat the cream in a chilled bowl with chilled beaters until stiff peaks form. Fold in the lemon curd and pour the mixture into the crust. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Decorate the finished pie with blueberries and lemon slices. Enjoy!
This pie can be stored for about a week in the refrigerator, if it lasts that long. If you want to simplify things you could use store bought lemon curd, but I think its really fun to make your own.