This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated, and, therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
Pie Crust Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
Pie Crust: Whisk flour with a fork while still in the bag or cannister. Gently spoon out flour into measuring cups. (This reduces flour by as much as 1/8 to 1/4 cup).
Then sift flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Add shortening and cut into pea sized bits with pastry blender. Add cold water gradually until just dampened. Place on waxed paper and gather into ball from the outside corners. Press dough into a 6-inch pancake shape. Wrap with plastic wrap.
Remove plastic wrap and flute edges. Prick bottom and sides with a fork. Chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Use extra pastry for cut-outs in the shapes of lemons, stars, etc. for decoration.
Bottom Layer Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup cold water
- 3 egg yolks, well beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest, optional
- 3 drops yellow food coloring
Bottom Layer: In saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Mix with wire whisk; blend in lemon juice and cold water; then add egg yolks and blend until smooth. Add butter and gradually stir in boiling water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil 2 minutes; remove from heat and add lemon extract, zest/peel, and food coloring. Partially cool for 30 minutes, and pour into the baked pie shell. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before adding second layer.
Second Layer Ingredients:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cup cold whole milk
- 2 packages instant lemon pudding
Second Layer: In a small bowl, cream sugar and cream cheese with spatula until smooth. Add milk and stir until well blended. Add pudding and beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes until thickened. Pour on bottom layer. Chill for at least 30 minutes.