Let’s give a new form and flavor to the traditional lemon sponge cake with a quick and simple Lemon Sponge Pie recipe. The form and fluff of this pie are what makes it a must-have for the table. For ages, pie is used for its inviting and inspiring flavors.
It is a perfect blend of soft and moist filling with a crunchy crispy crust at the bottom.
Practically you can create any variety of flavor by changing the ingredients of the filling. If you have a sweet tooth, make a sugary sweet filling with loads of cream fluff. However, you can also dial down the sweetness as per your preference. Sponge pie is different from the rest, due to the super fluffy texture of its filling. Every bite of this pie feels like pleasure in itself. Again, you can add flavors to a sponge pie as desired.
Lemon sponge pie is one of its amazing derivations. You might have tried it at some good restaurant or a formal dinner, this time you can try it at your home by following few simple steps to cook and by bringing basic baking ingredients together in a well-defined proportion.
Lemon Sponge Pie
The filling to crust proportion for lemon sponge pie is a lot greater than other pie. You can actually witness the good volume of the spongy filling covering the whole thin crust.
The secret behind this fluff lies in one simple word ‘eggs.’
That’s right! Good use of whisked eggs along with other ingredients makes this pie very spongy. If you are an expert at baking, you would know. Beaten eggs when baked, it’s kind of traps air bubbles in the batter while which results in a sponge-like texture. When baked the pie gets a very tempting golden to brown color on top.
Experts may vary in their method of baking the lemon sponge pie, or the proportion of the ingredients used. However, the list of the items remains the same.
One crust, either store-bought or homemade, along with eggs, milk, sugar, flour, lemon juice or essence and a pinch of salt. Keep this list mind, if you are planning to bake a perfect flavory lemon pie for your family.
Many people get confused between a simple lemon sponge pie and the Amish version of it. Let me clear you on that; there is no mark difference between the two.
In fact, the recipes are the same. Due to its Amish origin, lemon sponge pie is often associated with its Amish name. There is a minute difference in the texture of this pie, as it is softer and contains bit more fats than the ordinary sponge pie.
Nutritional Values of Lemon Sponge Pie
Health concerns are natural when you opt for any recipe. Especially for those who are struggling with obesity, hypertension, heart complexities or other ailments. That is why it is important to look into the relevant nutritional information before going for the actual recipe.
Since lemon sponge pie does not make use of cream, cheese or other high-fat ingredients, its fat and cholesterol content is quite low. It is, therefore, suitable for anyone having issues with the cholesterol. However, carbohydrates are present in great amount. If you are cutting it down, then substitute sugar with low carb alternatives like swerving, stevia, erythritol, etc. This will bring down the level of carbs to a desirable point.
Besides these macronutrients, there is protein, vitamins, iron, and potassium are some amounts. Each serving of the lemon sponge pie gives 307 calories.
The following table will illustrate the detailed account of the nutritional values a lemon sponge pie can offer you 307 calories per serving. Other than that, you can have 8 g of fat, 54g of carbohydrates and 4 grams of protein. It has low sodium and high sugars.
When to Enjoy Sponge Pie?
Pie of all sorts is loved and enjoyed by people of all ages and places. No menu is complete without a pie on the table. If you are bored with the traditional pie recipes and want to explore something new and exciting then trying a sponge pie won’t be a bad idea.
Its super fluffy texture will make you go crazy for it. Trust me! I saw people feeling this way about a nicely baked sponge pie, especially when it is filled with juicy and creamy lemon filling. Here are few of the ways to experience the magic of this pie:
- After meal dessert: Since this pie is easy to store in the refrigerator without the loss of texture and the softness, it can be served as an after-meal dessert. Bake it once and then enjoy for the rest of the week if you live all by yourself.
- Savory breakfast: The fun thing about lemon sponge pie is that you can practically turn it into any flavor desired. You can keep it completely sweet or entirely sugar-free. Both varieties can be best served as a morning meal. A slice in the morning is enough to give your day a kicking start. It is usually best to keep its make-ahead, ready in the fridge and bake whenever you crave for it.
- Evening snack time: The light fluff of this pie makes it an excellent snack. Just a small slice is enough to make a good pair with coffee or tea. This combination sounds amazing when you are tired working and crave to have something savory with that cup of coffee or tea.
- Party Meal: Sliced sponge pies are great to rock the party menus. They are quick and easy to serve and sound delicious with other party snacks. You can add different toppings to make the taste yummier and looks more exciting.
Lemon Sponge Pie Recipe
This basic lemon sponge pie recipe is most commonly used around the world. It makes good use of lemon juice to add a savory citrus sting to the pie. You can also switch to the lemon essence or add some lemon zest to infuse a strong taste to the filling.
Avoid overbaking the pie. Otherwise, it will lose its fluffy texture and will end up being too dry. When cooled well, the pie tastes absolutely delicious.
You can also store the batter in the refrigerate as a make ahead for few hours at least or a day at most. Keep the batter covered while it is in the refrigerator.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
- 1 pie crust homemade or store-bought
- 3 eggs separated, yolks from whites, separated
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Firstly, switch on your oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees. Let your oven preheat until the pie is ready to bake. It’s time to roll the pie crust or pie dough on a floured surface. Spread this dough into a 10-inch circle. Place the rolled pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate.
Now place this pie plate on a large baking sheet. If you are using a store-bought frozen pie crust, remember to thaw it before the use. Crack eggs in a bowl while separating egg yolks from the egg whites. Beat egg whites only in an electric mixer until it forms stiff, white peaks. Set the foamy egg white mixture aside.
Beat egg yolks with milk and lemon juice using a hand blender until well mixed. Stir in flour, salt, and sugar. Beat again until the batter is smooth.
It’s about time to fold in the foamy egg whites. Stir the mixture gently using a spatula. Make sure to avoid any white streaks or lumps in the batter. Pour this smooth batter into the pie plate lined with pie crust. Spread the batter evenly in the crust.
Bake the pie for 50 minutes until golden brown from top. Once done, allow the pie to cool at room temperature. Refrigerate the pie for 3 hours then garnish with whipped cream or as desired. Slice and serve to enjoy.
Lemon Sponge pie Amish
Lemon sponge pie originally came from its Amish origin. It was later adopted in other culinary cultures. The modern-day Lemon sponge pie is not entirely Amish. it got changes in its form and content over the years. That is why the traditional Amish one stands different from it. the difference is mainly because of the richness of the content.
The traditional had more butter. With the addition of the butter, the filling of this pie tastes softer and earthier. A tablespoon of butter makes this pie distinct from other sponge pie. Bake well until the pie is set and brown on top.
Allow it to cool well before serving. Layer the top with whipped cream toppings or your favorite fruits to make it more tempting.
Fluffy Lemon Pie
If you are not up for baking a pie and spend an hour just to enjoy the savory lemon flavor, then any fluffy lemon pie is good to add to the table.
A simple lemon pie is not a sponge pie, rather a no-bake version of it, which can bring you a quick option to go for when you are not ready or well prepared before time. This pie is equally fluffy and tastes the same. The graham cracker crust adds crisper to the pie. It has to be chilled well until the filling is set in the crust.
Serve immediately to enjoy the most of it. this no-bake version of lemon pie uses graham crackers with butter to make the crust whereas the filling is prepared out of lemon extracts and cream cheese or cream. Since this pie is not subjected to baking, it is more fluffy and softer than the baked sponge pie. Quick and easy, this pie is a must to try for every table.
Admit it! rich, healthy, inviting and nourishing dessert is the one you all want for you and your family. Lemon sponge pie is that one option which guarantees luscious flavor and mouth-pleasing texture. A pie is known by the richness of its filling, and if it comes with the perfect amount of crunchy base crust, it becomes an irresistible deal for all.
The article here discussed the basic recipe of Lemon sponge pie, but cooking can be as creative as you want it to be. Play with the ingredients a bit and bring variety as per your preferences. But be careful of the appropriate cooking time and the consistency of the batter prepared for the filling. With the right approach and correct understanding of the proportions used, you can too make the best of the sponge pie at home.