Rating: 4.38 stars
182 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 114
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 7

Bill Clinton's favorite pie!!!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and milk. Add flour, cornmeal, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pastry shell.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center.

Nutrition Facts

446 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 62g; fat 20.4g; cholesterol 149.2mg; sodium 240.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (154)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2003
I thought that the recipe was really a great one. The only thing is...if you are using a regular (not deep dish) pie crust, this recipe makes two pies. I found this out the hard way. I thought that since it says it only makes one pie that I would double the recipe for two...Right?? Wrong...I ended up with four pies. This is not a bad thing, though. The neighborhood just loved it too!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/01/2003
W-a-y too sweet and custard-y. We almost had to pour it out of the pan it was so loose. Not what I was looking for in a Lemon Chess pie. Read More
(12)
182 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 114
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2003
I thought that the recipe was really a great one. The only thing is...if you are using a regular (not deep dish) pie crust, this recipe makes two pies. I found this out the hard way. I thought that since it says it only makes one pie that I would double the recipe for two...Right?? Wrong...I ended up with four pies. This is not a bad thing, though. The neighborhood just loved it too!! Read More
(209)
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2006
All Lemon Lovers must try this pie. I've made this twice and recommend filling 2 shells(Mrs Smith's 9")instead of one, replace milk with half and half, increase lemon juice to 1/2 cup. If not set in 40 minutes of baking, watch closely or every few minutes to finish; you may need to cover the crust edges to prevent thse from overbaking. After baking, allow to cool fully then refridgerate for at least several hours or overnight before serving. With my alterations, 1/8 of each pie is 5 points on WeightWatchers. Worth every point! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2007
I have baked professionally for the past seven years and I followed the recipe precisely. It turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2007
This one deserves 5 stars. Very rich you only need a small piece. I substituted cream for the milk and used 1/3 cup instead of 1 cup for a 9-inch pie. Yummy! One of our favorites now. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2011
This is my favorite pie--AFTER I made these changes: cut the sugar to 1 1/2 cups, cut the milk to 1/2 cup evaporated milk. It is the perfect amount for the pie pan and the thicker batter cooks quicker. Really yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2007
I made this pie today following the recipe exactly. With that said it is not as bad as some have said. It certainly doesn't deserve 1 star. I thought it had a great lemon taste. I did have some problem with it setting up but I put it in the frig for an hour or so after baking and cooling and it set up fine. It IS time consuming to grate all of that lemon zest. It probably took 6 lemons to get 3 TBSPNs of zest. My husband did the grating though! Thanks for the post we had fun making this (my 3yo patted the pie crust!) thanks for a good family kitchen memory! Note: I used REAL butter in this not margarine. That may have something to do with people's reviews. I think real butter is needed for this kind of pie. Also as another sidenote my husband did not like this pie and I almost bumped it down a star. But then he rarely likes anything I make much less desserts so to be fair I left my 4 star rating.(: Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
I made this for my Grandpa who loves lemon pie! He thought it was great but next time maybe a little less sugar. I liked it with the sugar though. THANKYOU FOR THE GREAT RECIPE! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2011
I followed the directions to the "t" and ended up with enough filling for two pies. I used the regular frozen kind not the deep dish. This isn't a bad thing because the crusts are sold in 2 packs. I let mine sit in the fridge overnight because I like my pie cold...mmm. It's not fair to give a recipe a bad review if you are the one who changed the ingredients-I wish everyone would remember that! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2003
I was craving this pie and came across this recepie and it's awsome! My in-laws's were over for dinner and they absolutely loved it. I have to tell you that I did make a little change. I used 3/4 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup of milk. It was rich and really really delicious. Try it you won't be dissapointed. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/01/2003
W-a-y too sweet and custard-y. We almost had to pour it out of the pan it was so loose. Not what I was looking for in a Lemon Chess pie. Read More
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