Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lemon- Graham Icebox Cake

I guess I should apologize for sooo many desserts, but it's sooooo hot and anything cold looks sooo yummy! And besides, desserts are the best part of a meal... at least sometimes. Last nite we had grilled chicken and grilled veggies for a light supper so we had room for peach cobbler with homemade ice cream. Is that rationalization or what?
This recipe arrived in my e-mail today...I haven't tried it, but thought it looked promising. I remember the old fashion lemon ice box pies with the vanilla wafers standing up around the edges.... cold, creamy and lemony. This recipe sounds similiar. And why couldn't you substitute vanilla wafers for graham crackers?? And, if you're REALLY in a hurry, you could use instant pudding.
Lemon-Graham Icebox Cake

3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup plus 1 tsp. sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. cornstarch
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
12 graham crackers
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a small saucepan, whisk together yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and salt. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in lemon juice. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Cover with plastic (pressing directly onto surface of custard to prevent a skin from forming) and refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes.

Line bottom of an 8x11-inch baking dish with 6 graham crackers (break into pieces to fill space, if necessary). Spoon 1/2 of pudding over graham crackers, spreading into an even layer. Repeat with remaining 6 graham crackers and rest of pudding. Cover; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.

Just before serving, whip cream with remaining 1 tsp. sugar until it holds stiff peaks. Spread whipped cream in a thin layer over top of cake. Cut into squares to serve.

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