Satisfying a Hankering

Do you ever get a hankering for something that brings back happy childhood memories? For me that something is often related to food.

One special memory has to do with lemon pie, the kind made with condensed milk. I don’t remember whether or not I really like the pie, but I definitely liked the sweetness of condensed milk. Whenever she made the pie Mother would leave just enough in the can for me to spoon out. What a treat!

So, with that in mind I decided to make a lemon pie the old fashioned way. It’s so simple with all that’s required is a graham cracker crust, condensed milk, lemon juice and egg yolks.

Over the years I’ve guessed at how many graham crackers to use in a crust finally deciding a packet and a half is just right. When the crackers are finely crushed either in a food processor or blender, 6 tablespoons of melted butter and 1/4 cup of sugar are added. The mixture is patted firmly into a pie pan and baked for about 8 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

When the crust is baked I add thinly sliced bananas to the bottom. This is something I learned from a favorite restaurant whose key lime pie was a favorite. What the bananas do is add just a touch of surprising taste.

For the filling Mother used one can of condensed milk and one egg yolk, but I’ve learned to like a denser pie. These days I use two cans and increase the egg yolks from one to three. Oh, let’s not forget 2/3 cup of lemon juice. The three ingredients are blended, placed in the crust and baked for about 20 minutes. That’s all there is to this easy pie.

Now, Mother always used the egg whites for meringue, but I save them for another day and top the cooled pie with cream whipped with powdered sugar and vanilla. Calories….who cares!!

The pie slices beautifully, and I take very small bites to make the piece last as long as possible. The hankering is satisfied, and the memories come flooding back. You can’t beat that!

23 thoughts on “Satisfying a Hankering

  1. You are going to have all of us craving lemon pie with surprise bananas. Yum!

    1. Bananas work with key lime as well.

  2. Oh this sounds sooooooo good! I am going to have to give this a try!
    Thank you for the reminder!

    1. Worth trying because it’s so easy.

  3. The classic recipes are still around for a simple reason, they taste great!! This sounds perfect for a hot summer day!

    1. Always good in the summer and my husband would say any other time as well.

  4. That memory looks good enough to eat. 🙂

    1. My daddy would have thought so!

  5. A favorite of mine! The Atlantic Beach version (eastern NC) called for a saltine pie crust rather than graham cracker Try it sometime. Salty like the ocean! Delish!

  6. Linda, I have always called the pie lemon ice box, but have never baked it. I will have to try the bananas!

    1. With the eggs I always bake for a bit. If they are left out there’s no need.

      1. Linda, I leave them out. Don’t want food poisoning. It is a delicious pie!

  7. Laura Moorehead August 20, 2020 — 8:46 pm

    I remember my mom making a dessert we called “glop.” It was in a 9×13 pan and had a graham cracker crust and a can of fruit cocktail mixed in. i wonder what else was in there. 🙂

    1. Did you like it? Fruit cocktail was a staple at our house, and I could never develop a taste for it.

  8. What a delicious looking pie, Linda. And the bananas are a nice touch, I am sure; I will have to try that.

    1. The bananas are just a nice little surprise

  9. thewhitehairedweaver August 20, 2020 — 5:18 pm

    It definitely looks delicious!! I love lemon pie!

    1. Such an easy pie to make means it’s even better. Hope you are doing well.

  10. That looks so darn good, Linda. And the story that comes with it brings back loving memories.

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