Lemon-Cream Pie with Cookie Crust

A buckwheat cookie crust is layered with lemon filling, vanilla pudding, whipped coconut cream and finished with crumbled cookies. Be sure to put the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator so the cream is completely chilled before whipping. This recipe was developed for Cuisine Soleil, a Canadian-based gluten-free and certified organic flour company that produces over 12 flours and a variety of mixes. This uses their buckwheat flakes in the crust: think of this as a glorified oatmeal cream pie.

Lemon-Cream Pie with Cookie Crust

Lemon-Cream Pie with Cookie Crust


For the crust and cookie topping:
1 1/2 cups buckwheat flakes
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegan buttery spread, plus more for the dish
3 tablespoons nondairy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the lemon filling:
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca starch
1 teaspoon vegan buttery spread

For the vanilla pudding:
2 cups nondairy milk, divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cornstarch or tapioca starch
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For the whipped cream:
1 (14oz) can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated for at least 24 hours
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the pie crust, grease a 9-inch deep dish pie plate with vegan buttery spread. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the buckwheat flakes, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk well to combine.

Put the sugar and the vegan buttery spread in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a hand mixer or the stand mixer, beat until creamy and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and the nondairy milk. Beat until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add the flour mixture. Beat on medium speed until well mixed and the mixture begins to clump together. Scoop out about 3/4 cup of the mixture and set aside. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie plate. Spread the reserved 3/4 cup of the mixture onto the parchment paper. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, until the crust is golden on the edges and firm (but soft) to the touch. It will puff up as it bakes; gently press down the bottom (just enough to remove the puffiness). The cookie on the parchment paper will be golden at the edges and slightly firm to the touch. Cool completely, then break into pieces for the cookie topping.

To make the lemon filling, put the water, sugar, zest, salt, and 1/4 cup of the lemon juice into a medium saucepan. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining lemon juice until dissolved. Bring the water mixture to a boil, then reduce to medium-high heat and pour in the cornstarch mixture, whisking constantly. Cook for 1 minute, until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in the vegan buttery spread. Cool 10 minutes, then pour the mixture into the cooled crust. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before making the vanilla pudding.

To make the vanilla pudding, put 1 3/4 cups of the nondairy milk, the sugar, and the salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining nondairy milk until dissolved. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil, then reduce to medium-high heat and pour in the cornstarch mixture, whisking constantly. Cook for 1 minute, until thickened. Cool 10 minutes, then pour the mixture onto the lemon filling. Refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours until set.

To make the whipped cream, open the can of coconut milk, careful not to tip or shake it. Spoon out the hardened coconut cream into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the icing sugar and vanilla extract. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Spread the mixture onto the top of the cooled pudding. Sprinkle with the cookie pieces. Refrigerate until serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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(Disclosure statement: I received monetary compensation and free product from Cuisine Soleil from a recipe development partnership. I only, however, promote and partner with companies I love and use regularly in my own kitchen. As always, all opinions and recommendations expressed are completely my own.)


Lemon-Blueberry Pudding Cake – TAFC Makes Pies and Desserts

The first post in a series highlighting my newest book, The Allergy-Free Cook Makes Pies and Desserts, brings you the Lemon-Blueberry Pudding Cake. Just like all of my other recipes, it’s free of gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy, but also legumes, nuts, peanuts, seeds and yeast.

Cara, who I’ve worked with at Chickpea Magazine, is hosting a giveaway, alongside a review and recipe, at the magazine’s blog, Hipster Food.

Check it out here: Lemon-Blueberry Pudding Cake.

You can also check out the Winter 2014 issue of Chickpea Magazine, which includes a my piece on The Humble Amazing Potato, along with four recipes, and perfecting potato chips and french fries. She’s giving away a copy of that, too.

Photography c/o Cara.

Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Coconut milk-based nondairy yogurt adds a lot of richness to this incredibly easy springtime dessert. The lemon flavor is a lovely complement to a cake (always!) or just topped with fresh raspberries (do the cake route).


Lemon Frozen Yogurt

  • Servings: 1 1/2 quarts
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3 3/4 cup plain coconut milk nondairy yogurt (this is what I used)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Put the yogurt, agave nectar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and sea salt in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth and well combined. If you aren’t making the frozen yogurt right away, put the bowl in the refrigerator until needed.

When ready to churn the frozen yogurt, freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately for soft serve consistency or put in a freezer safe container and freeze for about 4 hours for a perfectly scoopable texture.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour the yogurt mixture into a baking dish. Freeze for 45 minutes, then stir vigorously with a whisk, breaking up any ice crystals. Freeze again, and continue to check and whisk every 30 minutes, until the mixture is soft-serve consistency, about 4 hours.