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Lemon Cream Pie #SpringSweetsWeek

Lemon Cream Pie is a creamy, sweet/tart springtime treat. It's the perfect way to welcome Spring, after a cold and dreary Winter.

This post and recipe was created for #SpringSweetsWeek. I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies, but as always opinions are 100% mine.


It is finally beginning to feel like spring here in Southern Indiana. Perfect timing too, as today is the start of #SpringSweetsWeek! This fun event is hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with food and a fun giveaway? 30 bloggers from around the country have come together to share over 100 sweet recipes perfect for spring! Get ready to ditch your hats, coats, and snow boots and get ready for some delicious sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, sweet breads, and cocktails!

Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes too. Thank you so much Swiss Diamond, Dixie Crystals, Nancy’s Yogurt, Sprinkle Pop, Adams Extracts, Barleans, Melissa’s Produce, and PEEPS® for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below, and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win, after the recipe I'm sharing today!


When a food blogger thinks of Spring, bright, fresh flavors, and vibrant pops of color come to mind. And what fruit encompasses all those things? Lemons of course! So I took those bright, fresh lemons and turned them into a smooth and creamy pie, filled with fresh, sweet/tart lemon filling, and nestled in a slightly crunchy/chewy, gluten-free crust.

Adams Extract - Spring Sweets Week

A big thank you to Adams Extract for making this recipe possible. I used their Pure Lemon Extract, which helped give the pie a delicious boost of lemon-y flavor.

I also used their Adams Food Coloring. Coconut sugar is my sweetener of choice in all my recipes, unfortunately it made the pie filling brown. But, I was able to save the day by using yellow food coloring to lighten it up. It gave it more of a butterscotch color, which was much prettier.

Home Sweet Homestead: Lemon Cream Pie


Even though the pie has a wonderful creaminess to it, I didn't use dairy. I used canned coconut milk instead. It's the perfect substitute when you follow a dairy-free diet.

I also made the crust gluten free by using crushed rice squares cereal, instead of graham cracker crumbs. It was my first time making it this way, and it was really tasty!

Home Sweet Homestead - Lemon Cream Pie


I hope you give this Lemon Cream Pie a try, it's going to be a frequent addition to our dessert menu from now on.

Don't forget to check out all of the other #SpringSweetsWeek recipes by fellow bloggers in the links below.


Printable Recipe

Lemon Cream Pie

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST
2 cups crushed rice squares cereal
1/3 cup coconut sugar (white granulated sugar may be substituted)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil

FOR THE FILLING
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (1 - 0.25 ounce packet)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
2 - 13.5 ounce cans full fat coconut cream
1/4 teaspoon Adams Lemon Extract
6 - 10 drops Adams Yellow Food Color (if you use white granulated sugar, you won't need to use as much food coloring)

Directions

FOR THE CRUST
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl mix together the crushed cereal, sugar, and melted coconut oil until thoroughly blended.
Using clean hands press the cereal mixture evenly over the base and up the sides of pie plate, to form a uniform crust.
Bake for 10 minutes, then allow to cool completely.
Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

FOR THE FILLING
Combine the cornstarch, sugar, unflavored gelatin, and salt in a saucepan.
Add lemon juice and coconut milk. Mix well.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for one minute, or until mixture starts to thicken.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon extract and food coloring. Pour filling into prepared crust. Allow to cool and set up in the refrigerator for at least three hours, or overnight.
Slice pie and serve topped with a little whipped cream if desired. (I used almond whipped cream)
Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator.

April's tips:

Brands do matter when it comes to canned coconut milk. The cheaper ones are just that, cheap, and taste nothing like a good quality coconut milk does.

To make removal of the pie slices easier, set the bottom of the pie plate down into a bowl of hot water for 10 seconds. The slice of pie should then come out easily.


Check out what everyone else made today!

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Check out the amazing prizes you can win in our #SpringSweetsWeek Giveaway!



Prize #1: Swiss Diamond Cookware is giving one winner an XD Nonstick 6 Piece Newlywed Kitchen Kit!  Swiss Diamond’s 6-Piece XD Newlywed Set is the ultimate nonstick cookware collection, with a pot or pan for nearly every recipe you can think of! Nothing conducts heat more efficiently than diamonds, and combined with the extra-thick cast aluminum body, these pans have amazingly even heat distribution. With this superior heat retention, they sear ingredients as well as stainless steel, but without the messy cleanup. The XD nonstick coating releases so well, you can cook anything without a drop of oil or butter. This set includes a 9.5" fry pan, an 8" fry pan, a 2.2 quart saucepan with lid, and 5.5 quart soup pot with lid.

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Prize #2: Dixie Crystals is giving one winner the Wilton Ultimate Cake Decorating Tools Set! What better way to decorate your cakes made with Dixie Crystals sugar then to use this decorating set? A blue and white rectangular organizer caddy has 4 see-through drawers and 2 top compartments for holding tips, plus slots on the side to hold spatulas. Included in the caddy are 263 pieces including piping tips, a practice board, decorating bags, straight and angled spatulas, flower nails and an icing comb. There's also a lot of handy fondant tools including a roller, cut-out sets, impression mats, modeling tools, shaping foam and a fondant smoother. It's a cake decorators dream!

Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South’s choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results. Visit www.dixiecrystals.com for hundreds of recipes, ideas, great ways to get kids baking in the kitchen, and plenty of baking videos.


Prize #3: Melissa's Produce is giving one winner an Organic Family Produce Box. This box contains 100% organic fruits and vegetables including kale, cucumbers, apples, pears, lemons, oranges, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, and so much more! It's easy to get in your five servings of fruits and vegetables with this fun produce box.

Joe and Sharon Hernandez founded Melissa's Produce with a decade of produce industry experience in a small, rented produce warehouse lunchroom. The original office had just three telephones and four chairs. In a few short years the company would grew to occupy a newly renovated and expanded 280,000 square foot office and warehouse complex. The Melissa's brand is named after Joe and Sharon's daughter, who takes an active role in the company. The company's Food Service Division has become a full-service operation that supplies culinary professionals with staples, exotics and Melissa's full line of organic produce. Visit https://www.melissas.com to find the best fruits, vegetables, gifts, and to get tasty recipes!


Prize #4: Nancy's Yogurt is giving one winner a fabulous Nancy's Yogurt tote bag full of fun items! One winner will receive a tote bag stuffed with coupons for free Nancy's Yogurt products, a super cute T-shirt, recipe cards, and Post-Its. It's everything you need to learn more about Nancy's Yogurt.

Chuck and Sue Kesey opened Springfield Creamery in Oregon in 1960 right after they got married. For the first decade they focused on bottling glass jugs of milk for home delivery and school lunches. Nancy Van Brasch Hamren joined the Creamery in 1969 and shared her recipe for making yogurt. Nancy’s became the first yogurt sold in the United States to contain live probiotics. In 1999 Nancy's Yogurt began distributing to all 50 states. Today there are nearly 60 employees and Springfield Creamery makes over 100 cultured dairy and soy products. To learn more about Nancy's Yogurt, the products they sell, and how they make their products visit https://nancysyogurt.com/.


Prize #5: PEEPS is giving one winner a gift card to PEEPS® & Co. The winner can choose from a variety of delicious PEEPS® Co candy items as well as apparel. They even have fun gifts like throw blankets, slippers, plush bunnies, and socks. The choice is yours!

Just Born, the company that makes PEEPS® & Co., was founded in 1923 in New York and moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1932. Just Born got its name when founder, Sam Born, proudly displayed in his store window an evolving line of daily-made candy, declaring them "just born". Today we enjoy the wonderful combination of sweet colored sugar and fluffy marshmallows that create the unforgettable taste experience of PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies. Visit https://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/ to buy PEEPS® & Co. candy, gifts, and apparel.


Prize #6: Barlean's is giving one winner a bottle of Seriously Delicious Omega-3, Extra Strength Ideal CBD Hemp Oil, and a bag of Super Seeds. Seriously Delicious Omega-3 is a tasty way to add Omega-3's to your diet without a fishy after taste. The Extra Strength Ideal CBD Hemp Oil is made from US grown hemp, contains no artificial ingredients, has a natural mint flavor, and is gluten free, vegan, and is known to promote health and to keep people resilient to changes in their environment. Super Seeds are a delicious way to add antioxidants and Omega-3's to your morning oatmeal, smoothies, and yogurt.

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Prize #7: Adams Extract is giving one winner four of their amazing extracts and a set of their food colors. The extracts include Pure Almond Extract, Pure Vanilla Extract, and Pure Lemon Extract. The winner will also receive Adams Best Twice as Strong Vanilla which is awesome to bake with.

John A. Adams began making and selling his Green Plant Sarsaparilla extract in 1888 in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1905, he moved his family to Beeville, TX. Working with just $6.71 worth of materials on top of an old icebox, John A. Adams created a new formula for vanilla. His wife tested it by whipping up a cake and announced, "John, this is the BEST flavoring I have ever used.” “Well, that’s old man Adams BEST,” he responded. The name stuck, and Adams Best was born! Today, Adams manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, and many more. To learn more about Adams Extract, to shop their products, or to find delicious recipes visit https://www.adamsextract.com/default.aspx.


Prize #8: Sprinkle Pop is giving one winner six fabulous sprinkle mixes from their Easter collection! The sprinkle mixes include Hangin' with my Peeps, Bewitched, Signature, Green Tea, Cottontail Confetti, and Egg Hunt. These fun sprinkles are a great addition to any spring baked goods.

Liz Butts founded Sprinkle Pop in Texas. Liz found that not only can she pinpoint exactly what sprinkle color combinations work best together, she can create a custom blend with the perfect textures. She grew the business from a one-woman show operating out of the small “sprinkle room” in her house on nights and weekends, then soon expanded to a dedicated warehouse space with a devoted team of sprinkle fairies in under a year. She makes delicious sprinkle mixes that are custom, vibrant and luxurious. Over 50% of all the sprinkles are dyed in house so they are one of a kind! Visit https://sprinklepop.shop/ to shop their sprinkles, learn how they give back to the community, and for fun recipes!


Now for the Giveaway!


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Thank you #SpringSweetsWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Swiss Diamond, Nancy’s Yogurt, Barlean’s, Sprinkle Pop, PEEPS, Melissa’s Produce, and Adams Extracts for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #SpringSweetsWeek giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six (6) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #SpringSweetsWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #SpringSweetsWeek posts or entry.



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