Lemon Velvet Cream Pie

The secret to this holiday-worthy cream pie recipe is a small amount of unflavored gelatin. The gelatin keeps the pie from falling after baking.

Lemon Velvet Cream Pie
Photo: Squire Fox
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Freeze Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs 7 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 portion Alan's Pie Pastry (recipe below), or 1 rolled refrigerated unbaked pie crust

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

  • 2 tablespoon cold water

  • 6 egg yolks

  • 1 ½ 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (2 cups)

  • ¼ cup whipping cream

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup lemon juice

  • Whipped Cream

  • Thin lemon peel slivers

Alans Pie Pastry

  • 3 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ¾ cup cold unsalted butter

  • cup ice-cold water

  • 2 tablespoon sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out pastry portion on a floured surface to a circle about 12-inches in diameter. Transfer to a 9-inch pie tin or plate without stretching. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edge as desired. Prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork. Place in freezer 10 minutes. Line pastry with foil pie pan (see Blind Baking*); fill with dried beans or pie weights. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet; bake 30 minutes. Carefully remove foil pan. Bake 15 minutes more. Cool on wire rack. (If using rolled refrigerated crust, bake according to package directions.)

  2. In a small bowl soften gelatin in water 5 minutes. Heat in microwave for 14 seconds; set aside.

  3. In large bowl combine egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk. With an electric mixer, beat on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until well combined. Beat in gelatin, whipping cream and salt on low speed. Add lemon juice and beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared crust (pie will be full).

  4. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until center of pie looks set when gently shaken; cool on wire rack 1 hour. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

  5. Top with whipped cream and lemon peel slivers just before serving. Makes 8 servings.

Alans Pie Pastry

  1. In a very large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt,* and baking powder. With a pastry blender cut in butter leaving chunks the size of peas. Combine ice-cold water, sour cream, and vinegar. Add liquid all at once to the flour mixture. Quickly stir to distribute; do not overmix. The dough should be slightly crumbly. Let rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. The finished dough should break, not stretch. Divide into three portions; shape into disks. Use at once or wrap and refrigerate up to 3 days. Or freeze up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator if frozen.


Be sure to patch any cracks that develop during rolling.


Trim top rim of foil pie pan at about 2 inch intervals; fold upwards.

*Blind Baking:

When blind baking (prebaking the pastry shell) for the Lemon Velvet Cream Pie, Alan uses a disposable 8-3/4 inch foil pie pan to help the pastry keep its shape. Snip the rim of the foil pie tin every 2 inches or so and fold the rim upwards. After fitting the dough in the pie plate and crimping the edge, place the foil pie tin on top of the dough. Fill the tin with dried beans or pie weights and bake as specified in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

558 Calories
32g Fat
59g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 558
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 250mg 83%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 12.4mg 62%
Calcium 262.5mg 20%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 362mg 8%
Folate, total 68.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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