With March nearing the half-way mark, we’re gradually starting to see spring. Here in the Carolinas, there’s already some daffodils and a few other flowers starting to bloom. For many, it’s been a rough winter and many of us are ready for some warmer weather and things that remind us of spring.
The thought of spring brings me to the recipe I’m passing along, which is for “Spring Daffodil Pie”. This is a light, creamy citrus-flavored pie and it will remind you of spring with its refreshing flavor. It will be a nice way to celebrate spring and a flavorful way to end a filling meal. To begin, you will want to have ready a baked pastry shell or a graham cracker pie shell. Either one is fine, it’s simply a matter of preference. I prefer the graham cracker pie shell and find the flavors of the filling go very well with it. Once you have the pie shell, it can be set aside while you assemble the filling.
For the filling, you’ll need to soften unflavored gelatin in some cold water. In a saucepan, you’ll combine milk, sugar, salt and egg yolks. This is cooked over medium heat while stirring and mixture boils. The dissolved gelatin goes in and is stirred well. Then, in goes orange juice, lemon juice, as well as orange and lemon rinds. This is chilled until it’s slightly thickened. You now whip some whipping cream until it holds a stiff peak and fold into the gelatin mixture. This now goes into the pie shell and is refrigerated until firm. For garnishing, it may be topped with additional whipped cream and some pastel candy mints. It will certainly look like spring and taste light and refreshing!
The original recipe calls for fresh orange juice. I have used orange juice from the carton for this pie and it still performs fine. The same applies for the lemon juice. However, if you keep fresh oranges and lemons on hand, you certainly could use them in this recipe. When whipping the cream, be certain to have cold beaters and a cold bowl before you begin. This will enable fast and easy whipping of the cream.
A few years ago, I did an article on spring recipes using fresh oranges. Since oranges are known for their sweet, sunny reputation, those would be fabulous springtime recipes, too. Click on the link to get the recipes.
Try this pie to put your palate in the mood for spring!
SPRING DAFFODIL PIE
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup cold milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp grated orange rind
- 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
- 1 baked 9-inch pie shell
Soften gelatin in cold water. Combine milk, sugar, salt and egg yolks in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Add gelatin; stir until dissolved. Stir in orange juice, lemon juice, orange rind, and lemon rind. Chill mixture until slightly thickened. Fold whipped cream into gelatin mixture. Turn into pie shell. Chill several hours or until set. If you wish garnish with puffs of whipped cream and pastel candy mints.