Want to make a lemon pie filling from scratch? This Lemon Pie Filling Recipe is so easy to make you will wonder why you never made it from scratch before. Homemade Lemon Pie Filling is so much better than anything you buy from a can.
Lemon Pie Filling
One of my favorite pies every is my great grandmother’s lemon meringue pie recipe. She used to have it all the time. I think from that love of lemon meringue I developed a love for all lemon desserts. It is sweet and sour and amazing. I remember having a dessert a long time ago that they used pie filling in the frosting and I thought ooh what a unique idea. When I was making my Lemon Cake I decided to try to make lemon frosting using homemade lemon pie filling.
What is in Lemon Pie Filling
Most recipes have four main ingredients: lemon juice, eggs, sugar, and cornstarch. The ratio of these ingredients varies depending on the recipe, but the basic principle is always the same: the acidity of the lemon juice interacts with the eggs and cornstarch to create a thick, creamy filling. Sugar is added to offset the tartness of the lemon juice and provide sweetness. Water is used to thin out the filling if it is too thick. Some recipes use flour to thicken the filling, but I use just the cornstarch. Ultimately, the goal is to create a balance of tartness, sweetness, and creaminess that will make your taste buds sing.
How Long Does Lemon Pie Filling Last
I have made lemon pie filling and stored it in the refrigerator for about a week. I am sure it will last much longer than that, but I usually make the filling when I am going to use it. You can make lemon pie filling and store it in these mason jars in the refrigerator or use the jars to can the filling. That way you have it whenever you want it. Don’t know how to can? Use this FREE book to learn how.
How to Store Pie Filling
There are many delicious ways to enjoy pie filling, but sometimes you may have too much for one pie. If you find yourself with leftover pie filling, there are several ways to store it so that you can enjoy it later.
One option is to freeze the filling. This will help to preserve its flavor and texture, and it will also prevent it from going bad. Simply place the filling in a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to six months.
Another option is to refrigerate the filling. This is a good choice if you plan on using the filling within the next week or so. Simply place the filling in a covered container once it has reached room temperature and store it in the fridge. However, be sure to consume the filling within two weeks of refrigerating it. Lastly, you can also can the pie filling. This is a great option if you want to keep the filling for an extended period of time. To do this, simply sterilize some canning jars and then fill them with the pie filling. Be sure to leave some headspace at the top of each jar, and then seal them with canning lids. Then, process the jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes before allowing them to cool and storing them in a
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What to Serve with Lemon Pie Filling
Besides the lemon cake with lemon icing, you can also make a delicious dessert with lemon pie filling. If you love baking with lemon pie filling, try these ideas:
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Will lemon pie filling thicken as it cools?
As the lemon fillings cool, it will thicken. It will usually take 3 to 4 minutes to start to thicken.
How to Make Lemon Pie Filling Thicker
If you find that the pie filling isn’t as thick as you like, simply cook it longer. This is all it takes to make lemon pie filler thicker.
Can Filling be Used as Cake Filling?
If want to add a burst of lemon flavor without the cake itself being lemon, you can add a thin layer of lemon pie filling between the layers of the cake. How much pie filling you put in between depends on how thick and how messy you want the cake to be.
Ingredients in Lemon Pie Filling
- Cold water
- Concentrated lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice can be used but you need more and it take longer to cook.
How to Make Lemon Pie Filling
In a small or medium saucepan, mix together water and cornstarch.
When the cornstarch dissolves, stir in sugar, lemon juice, and a slightly beaten egg.
Whisk over medium heat stirring constantly until the sugar mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
If adding food coloring, add it in this step. (as I said, I do not do this)
Remove the thicken lemon mixture from the heat.
Let the filling cool before using.
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Lemon Pie Filling
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup concentrated lemon juice
- In a small saucepan, mix together water and cornstarch.
- When the cornstarch dissolves, add sugar, lemon juice, and a slightly beaten egg.
- Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it thickens and comes to a boil.
- If adding food coloring, add it in this step.
- Remove the thicken lemon mixture from the heat.
- Let the filling cool before using.