Quick & Easy Mini Clear Lemon Pies
Updated: Aug 25
There is not a meringue part of the pie because I forgot, so it's just a Clear Lemon Pie. Haha! :) This is a version of a Clear Lemon Meringue Pie I came up with inspired by the Transparent Lemon Meringue Pie I saw on emmymadeinjapan on YouTube and also a Clear Pumpkin Pie YouTube video I saw awhile back on Tastemade YouTube for Thanksgiving, which I think was inspired by Alinea.
This is Pie 1 of 2 for Tau Day (Get it! 2 Pies for Tau Day (6/28); tau = 2 * pi, hahaha!)
Tau Day is an annual celebration of the circle constantτ=6.283185…, which takes place every June 28 (6/28 in the American calendar system). To learn more about what τ (tau) is and why it’s important, readThe Tau Manifesto, or watch one of thetau videosbelow.
I just watched the emmymadeinjapan video and then I used things I had in my place.
What I used:
Lemon pie filling (enough for 5-6 mini pies)
- 3 True Lemon powder packets
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
- 1 packet of gelatin (though there are 2 in the photo; I only used 1 in the recipe)
- 1/2 cup of water
Pillsbury pie crust
The benefit of using the True Lemon Powder packets is that it dissolves into the liquid filling and you get intense lemon flavor. Of course, you can use fresh lemon juice.
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.) Put cupcake cups in the muffin pan and spray with cooking spray.
3.) Put small pieces of pie dough into each compartment.
-- It's find if they are irregular pieces of pie dough like here. If you would like them to be more regular shape, cut them into a circle before putting into the muffin pan.
4.) Bake the pie shells for ~13-15 min. You need them to be baked through before adding the liquid filling.
While the pie shells are in the oven, make your filling:
5.) In a pan with the stove on low-medium/medium, add all the ingredients (True Lemon, powdered sugar, and the gelatin packet) to the water -- KEEP STIRRING to dissolve the gelatin powder.
6.) Once the pie shells are cooked, put 1 or 2 spoonfuls of your filling into the pie shells and put in the fridge to set for at least 15-30 min.
Here is what it looks like when you spoon the liquid lemon filling into the pie.
That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this! You could put a meringue or whipped cream or Cool Whip on top -- for a Lemon Meringue Pie. But there is something cool about how they look with just the clear liquid filling in the pie. :)