This lemon curd ice cream pie is divine. A nutty crust with a sweet and lemony filling topped with fluffy meringue!
I originally posted this recipe back in April of 2008. Today I am updating it with new photos! Enjoy.
Today’s recipe is one I have had in my file for over a year. It was given to me by my brother’s mother-in-law, Marilyn. When we were together for my nephew’s birthday, Marilyn told me about this amazing dessert she had made for Easter dinner. It was a lemon recipe so of course so I had to have it. Marilyn graciously emailed me a copy of the recipe. I printed it off and stuck it in my file.
I pulled the recipe out this week because you see, last week, I attended Marilyn’s funeral. The last time I saw Marilyn was a year ago when she shared this recipe with me so I thought it was fitting that, in memory of Marilyn, I tried the recipe this week.
Marilyn was small in stature but large in spirit. She was a successful entrepreneur who loved beautiful things, fashion, good food and most importantly her family. We did not see Marilyn often but when we did she always made us feel welcome and took the time to talk with us and find out what was happening in our lives.
There are just so many good parts to this pie – the meringue topping, the lemon curd filling, the creamy ice cream layer and the nutty crust!
When I shared it with my neighbors, I received a text from my friend saying she had never seen her boys devour a pie so fast! The recipe includes directions to make your own lemon curd which is delicious but if you are in a hurry you can also use a jar of store bought lemon curd. My favorit ones are from Trader Joes and also one from Bonne Maman.
Marilyn’s recipe was originally called Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie in Toasted Pecan Crust. It is from Jamie’s Restaurant in Pensacola, Florida. Marilyn was right – it is amazing. In fact as I tucked one of my girls in bed last night she commented, half asleep, “That dessert you made tonight was really good.” Later as I climbed in bed with sweet hubby, he too commented, “I really liked that lemon dessert you made tonight.” So it is a keeper, but from now on it will be known, at least at our house, as Marilyn’s Lemon Curd Ice Cream Pie.
LA Notes: Be sure and use quality ice cream. I used my ice cream of choice, Haggen Dazs. The pie is made in stages and needs freezing between each stage so make sure and allow yourself enough time.
Some of my other favorite lemon desserts include:
My favorite kitchen items I used to make these LEMON CURD ICE CREAM PIE:
9” GLASS PIE PLATE – perfect size for any pie!
LEMON JUICE SQUEEZER – this is one of my most used kitchen tools. Nothing beats fresh squeezed lemon juice and this guy makes it so easy.
MICROPLANE ZESTER– this is the perfect tool for zesting lemons or limes. I use mine on a daily and weekly basis.
Lemon Curd Ice Cream Pie Recipe
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 6 Tablespoons 3/4 stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp. finely grated lemon peel
- pinch of salt
- or 1 jar of store bought lemon curd
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick butter, melted
- 3 cups vanilla ice cream slightly softened, divided
- 4 large egg whites room temperature
- pinch of cream of tartar
- 6 Tablespoons sugar
- Whisk eggs and egg yolks in medium bowl
- Melt butter in medium metal bowl set over large saucepan of simmering water
- Whisk in sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, and salt; gradually whisk in egg mixture
- Whisk until thick and thermometer inserted into curd registers 178-180 degrees; about 8 minutes Transfer to small bowl
- Press plastic wrap on top of curd, chill 4 hours (Do Ahead: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Mix pecans, sugar, and butter in medium bowl until moistened
- Press pecan mixture onto bottom and up sides of 9 inch diameter glass pie dish (mixture will be crumbly).
- Bake until crust is lightly toasted, about 12 minutes (crust will sip down sides of dish as it cooks).
- Use back of spoon to press crust back into place
- Cool on crust on rack
- Freeze crust 30 minutes
- Dollop 1 1/2 cups ice cream over crust; spread into even layer
- Spread lemon curd over ice cream; freeze until firm, about 2 hours
- Dollop 1 1/2 cups softened ice cream over lemon curd, spread into even layer
- Cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours
- Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in medium bowl until frothy
- Beat in cream of tartar
- With mixture running gradually add sugar
- Beat until stiff peaks form
- Spoon meringue over pie, spreading to seal at edges and swirling decoratively
- You can freeze it again at this point if you want or you can cook the meringue and serve
- To toast the meringue you can either use a kitchen butane torch, toasting meringue until golden in spots or place pie in a preheated 500 degree oven until meringue is golden in spots, watching to prevent burning, about 5 minutes
- Cut pie into wedges, serve immediately
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