Quick and Easy


One of my earliest food memories is of Mom’s lemon pie. I liked the pie OK, but what I really liked was the condensed milk that was the primary ingredient. Whenever she made it, Mom left a little of the milk in the bottom of the can for me to have as a special treat. To this day, I do the same and never tire of the sweetness that is unique to condensed milk.

With only three ingredients, lemon pie is one of the easiest desserts to make.

Though it can be in a pastry crust, my preference is one made with graham crackers.

Mother always put two eggs, separated, in her pie and used the whites for meringue. I simplify by topping it with a generous amount of whipped cream to complement the pie’s lemony goodness.

Lemon Pie

1 can of condensed milk

2 eggs yolks

1/3 cup lemon juice

Mix the 3 ingredients together and place in a graham cracker crust. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. When the pie has cooled top with lightly sweetened whipped cream and refrigerate until serving time.

While graham cracker crusts can be purchased, the best is the real thing made with 2 cups of finely crushed crackers mixed with 1/4 cup of melted butter and 1/4 cup of sugar.

By the way, this same recipe can be used for key lime pie with the only change being substituting key lime juice for the lemon juice. For a little surprise, put a layer of thinly sliced bananas on the crust.

No matter your choice, lemon or key lime, this is a quick and easy dessert that never fails to please. And don’t forget to save yourself a little condensed milk in the bottom of the can!

22 thoughts on “Quick and Easy

  1. Your pie looks delicious and it is wonderful that it brings back happy memories.

    1. It is the memory that is as good as the pie!

    2. Thanks. I’ve discovered there are gluten free graham crackers so it now works for entire family.

  2. When I get the use of my dominant hand, I have to try this one!

    1. I hope that doesn’t take long as I’m sure your canvases await.

      1. 🙂 Right now just trying to remain calm and get veggies picked and use them up 🙂 paints will wait for me for sure.

  3. Wow! That IS a simple recipe! Like you, I prefer the graham crust with lemon pie. I love the sweet memory you have of your Mom making her pies and leaving a bit of the milk for you to enjoy. That’s what Moms do!

    1. It’s things like that that leave behind sweet memories.

  4. Oh goodness, how easy is this!! Must try, thanks Linda!

    1. Old time favorites are often the best!

  5. I’ve got to make this soon. I’m not a pie baker but this one is one I can do. Thanks for the recipe and memories.

    1. I always go for simple when it comes to baking.

  6. Carol Andrykovitz June 24, 2022 — 1:56 pm

    Hi Linda,
    I sure do miss seeing your smiling face. I love your post and your recipe too. Your pie looks delicious.
    I just made the same pie for Father’s Day last weekend. Hope you are having a great summer. Carol

  7. Kathleen Oliver June 23, 2022 — 8:34 pm

    Makes me hungry, too!

  8. Sounds and looks so good! You bring this recipe to life!

  9. Hi Lulu. My lemon pie is called Atlantic Beach(NC) lemon Meringue pie
    Crust is Saltine crackers,

    meringue dusted with sea salt.Recipe is in Southern. Living. We will have one this fall.😊

  10. This is the same recipe my Mother used and I now use. I also save a spoonful in the bottom of the can for myself!! The pie is so very good!

  11. I now have a craving for this! I love lemon pies in a graham cracker crust. Thank you for reminding me of this refreshing summertime treat!

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