Sunday, March 31, 2013

Frozen Lemon Dessert for Citrus #SundaySupper


I'm allergic to chocolate.

A baker allergic to chocolate? Say it isn't so.

I'm also allergic to soy, nuts, and just about everything orange, well, except oranges themselves.

But, back to the Chocolate.

You see, I've lived most of my life convincing myself that Skittles were as good as Kit Kats and Starburst, even better than Twix.  But on Easter, nothing could compare with chocolate bunnies, right?

Well, this year Easter falls on the 31st, and shares the day with National Oranges and Lemons day... hurray!  So our theme of the day is Citrus, and believe me, these Sunday Supper recipes will get you puckering up!

And mine?  I dug deep in the old recipe files for this one.

My Mom used to serve this Frozen Lemon Dessert for dinner parties, smart, as this is a perfect do ahead dessert.  And I'll never forget me sneaking into the kitchen whispering to my Mom as she was clearing the dishes, asking "are they done, yet?" so I could help myself to whatever was left in the pan.


I haven't had this dessert for what must be at least 30 years.  But it was just as good tonight as it was back then.

The simplest of recipes.  And the simplest of posts.  On what to me, is the most important day of the year.

Happy Easter.  And God bless.

~Chef Di


Frozen Lemon Dessert

Separate 3 eggs and place whites and yolks in seperate bowls. To each add 1/4 cup sugar, and beat each until the whites are silky and yolks a pale yellow.  To the yolks, add 1/4 cup lemon juice and pour into a small saucepan.  Heat over low heat just until slightly thickened and sugar melts (make sure not to scramble the eggs- watching very carefully).  Set aside and cool completely.  In a third bowl add 1 cup of heavy cream and beat until whipped.  Fold yolk mixture into white mixture, and then add in the whipped cream very carefully.  Next crush vanilla wafers for crumbs to use on the top and bottom.  Place a layer of crumbs in a 9x13 pan, or cupcake pans, then spoon in lemon filling.  then top with more crumbs. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours, and then top with more sweetened whipped cream and wafer crumbs if desired.

Want more amazing citrus recipes?   Check out these links. 

And a special thanks to Jen over at Juanita's Cocina for hosting today.  Her blog is one of my ALL time favorites!!!


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Sour Citrusy Sweets & Desserts:
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34 comments:

  1. Bright and cheery as your childhood memories, Diana, this lemon number is a keeper. Always good to have a lighter dessert as an option for dinner guests, nest-ce pas? Of course, anything that requires whipped cream gets my vote =)

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    1. Thanks Kim!!! I agree on the lighter dessert, especially after all the ham I will be eating today! ;-) Thanks for stopping by and Happy Easter!

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  2. How could I even wait long enough for this to freeze? Girl...this is amazing!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I love that it worked as well in muffin cups as it did back in the 70's in a 9x13 ;-) Thanks so much for hosting this week!!!!!

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  3. I love it when childhood recipes taste as good now as they did back then! This is an amazing sounding dessert Di, and so pretty in those paper cups. Have a wonderful Easter day!

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    1. Hi Paula! Thank you, and hope you have a lovely Easter too!!! ;-)

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  4. Oh man, I cannot imagine being allergic to chocolate - what a bummer! But hey, I love citrus just as much as I love chocolate, so I suppose it's not so bad (I guess it'd just be the whole thought of "the grass in greener..."). I love this dessert it sounds perfect for Spring!

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    1. Thanks Heather... and yes, lucky I love citrus too, and who could forget caramel- yum! Thinking of trying this dessert with other flavors too- fun!

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  5. I have to admit this does sound like the perfect dessert to me too. I love that it can be made the day before too. Holidays are so busy that any thing we can do in advance just makes the actual day go better. Thanks for sharing a family recipe and your fond memory of sneaking into the kitchen. super cute!

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    1. Hi Sherron! I hope you give it a try... it is so nice having dessert out of the way the day before! Thanks for stopping by ;-)

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  6. A wonderful dessert for a hot summer day. So fresh and light. Great recipe.

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    1. Yes! Yum, reminds me it would be fun to try this with berries too! Thank you! ;-)

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  7. What a gorgeous lemon treat! Glad you dug this out of your archives for us :) And I love your beautiful serving piece! Happy Easter!

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    1. Thank you Liz! Love making old family recipes. And I love this serving piece too... in fact everything in this picture was from TJ Maxx ;-)

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  8. I would take this over chocolate any day! Really lovely.

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    1. Thanks Amanda, that is really sweet! Appreciate you stopping by! ;-)

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  9. Gorgeous treat for summer!Love family recipes like this! They're such treasures :)

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    1. Thank you so much Soni! It was fun to make again after all these years ;-)

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  10. What a beauty!!! This looks so refreshing!

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    1. Thanks Connie, it tastes light as a cloud... despite the fact that it uses a bunch of heavy cream ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Allergic to chocolate? My goodness. Thankfully citrus is a wonderful substitute. Love this.

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    1. Thank you Kim!!! I appreciate you stopping by ;-)

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  12. Allergic to chocolate? That's just crazy talk! I don't know if I could do it! These look wonderful--and I love that beautiful blue plate too!

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    1. I cave in twice a year, once at Easter for a Cadbury Egg, then at Christmas for a chocolate orange... and yes, I pay, but it's worth it! ;-) And thank you so much- I love the blue plate too ;-)

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  13. Loving this dessert!! It would probably be best if I was allergic to chocolate! Lemon is the way to go anyways! :)

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    1. Hi Tammi! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! ;-)

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  14. Such a beautiful presentation for a gorgeous and amazing sounding dessert! It looks and sounds absolutely delicious :) ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen {Galactosemia in PDX}

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    1. Thanks Bea! I've only seen it cut into squares before, so it was fun to play around with presentation. Such a fun #SundaySupper!!

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  15. I only recently even started liking chocolate, for some reason I never liked the taste of chocolate growing up. But after having my daughter my taste buds have changed slightly and I now do enjoy some chocolate. But fruit flavours, especially citrus will always have my heart when it comes to desserts. This sounds like heaven in a bite.

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    1. That is really interesting, Laura! And I'm thinking that even if I wasn't allergic, I'd still lean towards the citrus desserts too!!! Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

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  16. I couldn't imagine being allergic to chocolate. At least you can still enjoy lemon! This is lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan! It's been great getting to know you through #SundaySupper!

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  17. This is beautiful ! Who cares about chocolate when you can have this :) !

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    1. Thank you so much!!!! And yea, who needs chocolate anyways ;-)

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