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Chiffon pie is a light and airy dessert that typically features a fluffy filling made with whipped cream or meringue, combined with a flavorful fruit or chocolate mixture. Here’s a basic recipe for a delicious chiffon pie:

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Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10-12 whole graham crackers)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Filling:

  • 1 envelope (about 2 1/4 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup fruit puree (such as lemon, lime, orange, or your preferred flavor)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped (or 2 cups if omitting egg whites)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

For the Crust:

  1. Prepare Crust:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar until well mixed and the mixture resembles wet sand.
  2. Press Crust:
    • Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Use the back of a spoon or a flat-bottomed glass to press the crumbs firmly.
  3. Chill Crust:
    • Chill the crust in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up while you prepare the filling.

For the Filling:

  1. Bloom Gelatin:
    • In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let it sit for about 5 minutes to soften and bloom.
  2. Prepare Fruit Puree:
    • If using fresh fruit, puree it in a blender or food processor until smooth. If using canned fruit or fruit juice, ensure it is well blended and strained if needed.
  3. Heat Mixture:
    • In a saucepan, combine the fruit puree, sugar, egg yolks, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly (about 5-7 minutes). Do not boil.
  4. Add Gelatin:
    • Remove the fruit mixture from heat and stir in the bloomed gelatin until completely dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  5. Whip Cream:
    • In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream (and vanilla extract if using) until stiff peaks form.
  6. Combine Fillings:
    • Once the fruit mixture has cooled, gently fold in the whipped cream until well combined. If desired, you can also fold in stiffly beaten egg whites at this stage for extra lightness.
  7. Fill Crust:
    • Pour the chiffon filling into the chilled graham cracker crust, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  8. Chill Pie:
    • Cover the pie with plastic wrap or a pie lid and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set.
  9. Serve:
    • Once set, slice and serve the chiffon pie chilled. Garnish with whipped cream, fresh fruit, or a sprinkle of grated chocolate if desired.

Enjoy this light and airy chiffon pie as a refreshing dessert on warm days or as a delightful treat any time of year! Experiment with different fruit flavors or chocolate variations to suit your taste preferences.

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