Read that how you will– both the Lee Bros. and their sour orange pie are amazing. They (the brothers that is, with or without pie!) actually have a TV show called “Southern Uncovered” starting in June!!!
I mentioned this pie in an earlier post when I was talking Sevilles and making marmalade, but was waiting on getting the recipe widget functional. Well. My saga of the recipe widget is a freaking long story, but suffice to say one outdated plugin + theme upgrade = not worth the hassle. For now, will do it like this.
The Amazing Lee Bros. Sour Orange Pie
- GF CRUST
- 1 1/2 cups almond meal (also called almond flour; I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Mix almond flour and sugar; add melted butter and mix well. Pat evenly into 9″ pie plate. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges just begin to turn light golden.
- 5 large egg yolks
- One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream (my note: I use a total of 2 c. or one pint, take the 2 tblsp. for the filing and the remaining is plenty for the whipped cream)
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon strained sour orange juice
- 1 tablespoon sour orange zest
- 1 1/2 tablespoons navel orange zest
- 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
- 8 fresh mint leaves for garnish, optional
- Oven: 325°
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks well with a hand mixer or a whisk until they have lightened in color, about 1 minute. Add the condensed milk and 2 tablespoons of cream and stir with a wooden spoon to incorporate. Add the sour orange juice, sour orange zest, and 4 teaspoons navel orange zest and stir til the filling is consistently creamy and light yellow in color, about 1 minute.
- Pour the filling into the crust and bake on the middle rack til the surface is quivery, like gelatin, 14-16 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool for 30 minutes, by which time the pie will have set firmly. Transfer to the frig to cool completely, about 4 hours (cover in plastic if keeping for more than 24 hours, but the Lee Bros. recommend eating within 24 hours).
- Before serving, whip the remaining 2 cups cream with the confectioners’ sugar. Spread the whipped cream over the pie and sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons navel orange zest over. Slice and serve with a mint leaf stuck on top of each piece, if desired.
- My notes: this actually keeps pretty well, in the unusual event it is not devoured immediately– I had a piece left in the frig for several days and it was fine, the crust does sog a bit but still delicious. But, I don’t spread the entire pie with the whipped cream, that may help it keep.