The Dessert Collector

By Susan LaRosa

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Lemon Cake Pie
By Seth Smoot

Lemon Cake Pie

My friend Stephen's mother, Olive Facey, created this dessert. I usually don't know anything about the women behind the recipes I collect, so I feel so honored that Stephen bequeathed Olive's recipes to me. I never met her -- she died last year at age 96 -- but she was an incredible woman. She lived on her own in her apartment right up to the end, baking and shopping online!

Work: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour

3 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
1 cup milk

1. In a food processor or with a pastry blender mix 3 cups flour and shortening until mixture is the consistency of cornmeal, about 10 pulses. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water to form dough. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface roll one half into a 12-inch circle and line a 9-inch pie pan; chill in refrigerator. Freeze remaining dough for later use.

2. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. with rack in the lower third. Stir together 3 tablespoons flour, sugar, butter, zest, lemon juice, egg yolks, and milk. In a separate bowl beat egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into lemon mixture.

3. Pour into crust and bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F. and bake until a knife inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. If top of pie gets too dark, tent with foil. Serves 8.


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