sunny sunny summer: frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust

frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust | everybody likes sandwiches

Even though the longest day of the year happened on Sunday, it’s been feeling like summer for a long time here in Vancouver. The most gorgeous spring has turned into summer, where long hot sunny days seem to be the norm. No June gloom in sight, phew!

frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust | everybody likes sandwiches

I made this pie because we were having some friends over for dinner and I wanted a nice summery finish to our meal. With it’s pale creamy hue and bright flavour, this lemon pie is a lovely refresher for hot summer days. There’s a cup and a half of lemon juice in the filling and I was nervous about this pie being too lemony, but I would rather have the pie be too tart than too sweet. But it all turned out okay….the pie is very lemony, but everyone loved it. It helps that a nice flop of sweetened vanilla whipping cream is served alongside every slice.

frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust | everybody likes sandwiches

The following day, I invited a friend over and she generously exclaimed that this was the best pie she had ever eaten. So no need to be nervous about the sheer amount of lemon power involved. Though, if you have timid tastebuds, I do suggest using only 1 cup of fresh lemon juice. You can always taste the uncooked custard and adjust the flavour as desired.

frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust | everybody likes sandwiches

While the custard is a knock-out and very easy to make (it uses cans of sweetened condensed milk and 2 yolks instead of a terrifying 12 yolks I saw in some custard recipes), the crust is no slouch either. Instead of the more traditional graham cracker crust, I decided to play with gingersnap cookies as a base. I used a very crunchy gingersnap cookie (McVities Ginger Nuts) and ground them up finely in my food processor. To up the ginger ante, I added a spoonful of powdered ginger. If you wanted to go whole hog, I would imagine a grating of french ginger wouldn’t be out of place either. The crust was great and the ginger flavour paired deliciously well with the tart lemon filling.

frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust | everybody likes sandwiches

I was worried that the pie after sitting in the freezer for nearly 24 hours would be frozen solid, but the texture was perfect. Not quite dissimilar to ice cream, the texture was cold and creamy and refreshing. It was difficult to slice through the crust though, but a steady hand, a heavy sharp knife and good pressure made short work of it.

frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust | everybody likes sandwiches

frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust | everybody likes sandwiches

8 comments to “sunny sunny summer: frozen lemon ice box pie with gingersnap crust”

  1. 1
    Eileen   June 23, 2015 at 10:03 am

    This pie sounds so delicious! I definitely appreciate avoiding the need for an entire dozen eggs, too. That is a LOT.

  2. 2
    Lucy @ Lucyeats   June 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    We’ve just had our shortest day here in New Zealand -it’s so cold dark! Your pie looks delish. It will be a great way to use the lemons on my tree!

  3. 3
    Sarah   June 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    This looks so delicious and refreshing!

  4. 4
    kickpleat   June 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Thanks Eileen, 12 eggs would have been a little much here 🙂

    Lucy, I want summer to come quickly for you! Enjoy your lemons.

    Thanks Sarah!

  5. 5
    Joanne M   June 26, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Looks and sounds so delicious!! Ginger + lemon = YUM!

  6. 6
    Rocky Mountain Woman   June 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    What a lovely flavor combo! Perfect for a hot afternoon (like this afternoon).

  7. 7
    kickpleat   July 26, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    It’s pretty tasty, Joanne 🙂

    Oh yes, RMW, it’s the perfect dessert for hot days!

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    Anna Carter   December 1, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Yum! Sounds just like the recipe on TV last night by Cat Cora.

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