Breakfast buffet: National lemon cream pie day
November 29th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Luscious, and lemony - November 29 is National Lemon Cream Pie Day!

It's that time of year when we feel compelled to pull out those comforting, nostalgic recipes for vintage treats. Taking one bite is like savoring a taste of childhood all over again, and for some people, pies from the good ol' days, like lemon cream, take the cake.

While lemon cream pie may sound like a cool dessert for the dog days of summer, there's nothing like the bright snap of lemon zest to put a little zing in your cold, wintry day. And because you can track down decent lemons all year long, chances are you won't be hurting for ingredients.

There is no right or wrong way to make a lemon cream pie. Some folks like to stir lemon juice in with sweetened condensed milk and eggs and bake it in a graham cracker pie shell, like a poor man's key lime pie. Others fold whipped cream into sweet, tangy lemon curd for a slice of heaven. And if you're using grandma's old recipe, it just may involve a box of lemon pudding mix.

All of these options are super fast and easy and if you're pulling your hair out over planning a holiday party, this no-fuss pie is a great make-ahead dessert. So sit back and dig into a piece of nostalgia this holiday season - it's a gift in itself.

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