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.

Creamy Lemon Pie

 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

Lemon Buttermilk Cake

This lemon buttermilk cake is deliciously flavorful, but it’s also super moist! If you love a lemons, then this is a dessert for you! 

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Someone blessed us with a bag of lemons (Thank You!). I always get excited when I see a bag full of lemons. You know the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. But I say when life gives you lemons don’t just make lemonade, make some lemon cake. And don’t just stop there, turn all the possible desserts into lemon desserts! 🙂

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I love, love, love, lemon desserts!! #lemonlover

As you can see, I already made lemon barlemon cupcakesblueberry lemon yogurt loaf, and of course I made lemonade, but not just any lemonade, raspberry lemonade. And I’m still coming up with other lemon dessert ideas. Stay tuned!

Did you ever Google the benefits of lemons? My goodness, they’re an entire health pill! Of course they probably lose their health benefits in one of these cakes, but they definitely don’t lose their amazing flavor! Surprisingly I used to dislike lemon desserts, and I think it was mainly because of the artificial flavor that some of the desserts had (I think it was lemon extract or something). For this recipe I substituted the lemon extract with vanilla extract.

The lemon definitely pops in this cake since you have it both in the cake and in the icing. But it’s a fresh kind of taste. I almost can’t even describe it, but you can tell it’s a natural kind of lemon taste. I hope I make sense. 🙂

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February has zoomed past us and now March is here! That means we’re 18 days away from the first day of Spring, it means daylight saving time begins and the days will be longer, and it means that we’re getting closer to warmer weather!! I love Spring and Summer the most. And I think this lemon buttermilk cake is the perfect dessert for a spring party or get together. Because of the buttermilk, the cake is super moist which makes is that much more delicious!

I hope you give this recipe a try. My family and I really loved it!

Lemon Buttermilk Cake

Recipe from here

Ingredients:

Cake
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup sour cream, lite is okay (plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons lemon extract (vanilla extract may be substituted)

Glaze
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
about 1/3 cup lemon juice, or as necessary for consistency
about 1 tablespoon lemon zest, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Cake – In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, optional salt.
  3. Whisk in zemon zest; set aside.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, sour cream, lemon juice, oil, and lemon extract.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry, mixing lightly with a spoon or folding with a spatula until just combined. Small lumps will be present, don’t overmix or try to stir them smooth.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan and bake for about 28 to 31 minutes, or until center is set and not jiggly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
  7. Place pan on a wire rack and allow cake to cool. While cake cools, make the glaze.
  8. Glaze – In a medium bowl, add 2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/3 cup lemon juice, and whisk until smooth. As necessary, add additional lemon juice (or sugar) to reach desired glaze consistency. I used slightly over 1/3 cup lemon juice. Glaze should be easily pourable.
  9. Evenly pour glaze over cake (doesn’t have to be fully cooled), smoothing it lightly with a spatula if necessary, but glaze will likely just slide into place.
  10. Allow cake to cool in pan uncovered for at least 1 hour (or overnight and cover with a sheet of foil) before slicing and serving so glaze can set up. Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Enjoy! 

Jessica the Baker