Lemon Raspberry Chiffon Pie

November 20, 2020
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Photo by Ayanna Long
  • Prep time 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 25 minutes
  • makes one 9-inch pie
Author Notes

Chiffon pies boast a light and airy filling, a texture that pairs particularly well with tart lemon and raspberry. The raspberry mixture is cooked down to a thick purée, so that it can be drizzled over the pie and swirled into the filling. You can also opt to fold it into the pie base at the end of step 6 to make a more natural swirly effect. —Erin Jeanne McDowell

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Lemon Raspberry Chiffon Pie
  • Raspberry Coulis
  • 12 ounces (340 grams) raspberries
  • ½ cups (99 grams) granulated sugar
  • Lemon Chiffon Pie
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
  • cups (76 grams) cool water
  • 3/4 cup (149 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 large (64 grams) egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup (70 grams) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 3 large (106 grams) egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon (<1 g) cream of tartar
  • 1 blind-baked pie crust, cooled completely
  1. In a small pot, toss the raspberries and sugar to combine. Use a potato masher or a large fork to coarsely mash the raspberries. Begin to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the raspberries break down completely, 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Strain the raspberries into a small bowl, then discard the seeds and any other solids. Return the juice to the pot and simmer until it reduces by about half; it should thicken slightly and reduce to about 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Let cool completely.
  3. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cool water in a small microwave- or heat-safe bowl. Let bloom for 5 minutes, then melt until fluid (I do this in the microwave, in about 30 seconds).
  4. Heat a medium pot with about 2 inches of water over medium heat. In a medium bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together until well combined. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, half of the lemon/sugar mixture, the lemon juice, and the salt. Place the bowl over the pot and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is pale, thick, and reads 140°F on a thermometer. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites, cream of tartar, and the remaining lemon sugar well to combine. Place the bowl of the mixer over the pot of water and heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture reads 160°F.
  6. Whisk the melted gelatin mixture into the egg yolk mixture to combine. Then add about a quarter of the egg white mixture to the egg yolk mixture and gently fold to combine. Add the remaining meringue in 2 or 3 more batches, folding just until incorporated.
  7. Pour the lemon chiffon filling into the prepared pie crust and spread into an even layer. Drizzle the cooled raspberry mixture over the pie and use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the two together.
  8. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill until the filling is firm and set, at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

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Alelievr May 21, 2022
Love your videos! I watch them even though I have no interest in the baked items because you're thoroughly entertaining and knowledgeable!
I attempted to make this pie but came across a couple of issues. When I reduced the raspberry coulis to just under 1/2 cup, the coulis was so thick, it solidified. When it came time to drizzle and swirl into the lemon filling, I had to heat it up to liquify it. Even then it was so thick, it dropped to the bottom of the pie pan and made it difficult to swirl.
The other issue I faced was what to do after the egg white mixture reached 160°. It didn't specify to whip to any peak stage. But since the directions later said to fold in the meringue, I tried to whip it to a stiff consistency. Unfortunately, it didn't whip up beyond the foamy stage, not even to a soft peak. Consequently, when I poured the filling into the pie crust, it stayed foamy. It didn't look anything like your luscious pie in the photo. I'm not sure if the egg white mixture wasn't supposed to be whipped to any peak stage or if there was some fat in my mixing bowl or on the whisk.
I'm convinced this is an amazing pie if I make it properly. Could you please help with any advice before I attempt to make it again? Thank you!