Creamy Lemon Pie for National PI Day

What better way to celebrate this epic Pi day than with a  deliciously creamy lemon pie? It’s bursting with fresh lemon flavor!

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 I seriously didn’t plan on posting two lemon desserts in a row, I promise! But happy Pi Day everyone! Now this is not to be confused with Pie day which is on January 24th. We already celebrated that here.

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 Pi day is always celebrated on March 14th. Now if you’re a math nerd, you will know that this Pi day is extra special since it’s 3.14.15. I actually had to look it up to see that the math Pi is 3.14 and 15 follows right after. Pretty cool eh? We’re actually living through a day that will make history…or at least that’s how I like to think about it. 🙂 Sorry, one of my favorite subjects in school was history.

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 Do not let this day pass without celebrating with edible pie! I mean just think, you will never see the date 3.14.15 again!! So take advantage of it, and treat yourself with something special. Preferably pie since we are celebrating Pi day. And preferably I would love it if you would give this luscious, creamy, chock-full-of-lemon flavor pie a try! Wow, that rhymed! 🙂

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 Since we added lemon zest to it, there will be no denying that this is a lemon pie as soon as you take your first yummy bite. Also adding some sweetened condensed milk gives this a wonderfully creamy texture, almost like a cheesecake. Not to mention that the shortbread crust kind of becomes like a flaky pie crust that you make for regular pies.

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 So let’s celebrate Pi Day with yummy pies, and if you’re feeling up to it, you can have a math day on 3.14.15. 😉 Today’s not a day to count calories though…hehe (get it? count, math…I know I’m crazy) 🙂

 Creamy Lemon Pie

Ingredients:

CRUST

2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

FILLING

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
4 large eggs
2/3 cups lemon juice
1 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest
sifted powdered sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust. Combine flour, and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Press lightly onto bottom and halfway up sides of ungreased 10 in. deep dish pie pan. Bake for 20 min.

For the filling. Beat sweetened condensed milk and eggs in large mixer bowl until fluffy. Beat in lemon juice, flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest just until blended. Pour over baked crust. Bake for another 20-25 min. or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with whipped cream. Slice and enjoy!

Jessica the Baker