Atlantic Beach Lemon Cream Pie is a delicious dessert with a salty crust and a sweet lemon filling. A combination that goes together perfectly!
Occasionally I get an email from my good friend Sherra and it begins with the words – Must Make! Then there is a link to a recipe. I know if it comes from Sherra and it starts with those two words I can pretty much be guaranteed it’s going to be a good one. So I usually do just what she says and I make it!
Pretty much right then and there!
This recipe came with a fun story. My friend found the recipe in the Our State: North Carolina online magazine. The story goes that in the 50’s in North Carolina they believed that if you ate dessert after a dinner of seafood you would die. Honest! The only exception to that though was lemon pie. Atlantic Beach Lemon Pie. I guess it has something to do with how lemon and fish go together.
The saltiness of the crust along with the sweetness of the filling is simply lovely! I guess the original pie recipe came with a meringue crust but this saltine crust is delicious! This version was developed by cookbook author Bill Smith. The salty cracker crusts helps make the pie not too sweet.
Just crush up the saltines, you don’t want them totally pulverized though. Combine the crumbs with some sugar and some softened butter and press into the bottom of a pie tin and back.
Once the crust cools a bit pour in the filling and then bake again. Refrigerate the pie until ready to serve.
I topped it with a bit of whipped cream and it was perfect! Some sweet and some salt, pretty much the perfect combination.
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