Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lemon Icebox Torte

It's working!
I started blogging in hopes that I would some day be able to cook like Granny.  She has a certain finesse for looking through cookbooks and finding two to three recipes to mishmash and usually ends up with a superb dish.
In trying to decide which dessert I was bringing to the family cookout I started thinking like Granny. I knew I wanted to make something cool and lemony (nothing says summer like a refreshing lemon dessert, right?).  I thought of this recipe and that recipe and what if did this instead of that and somehow I came up with a delectable Lemon Torte that everyone loved, despite that I never found a Meyer's lemon even after driving all over the city of Nashville! (Yeah, yeah run on sentence -- I know!) I'm not really sure it qualifies as a torte but I'm still going to call it Lemon Icebox Torte....or maybe Lemon Icebox Torture since the piece I'm supposed to be saving for a friend is currently in the frige torturing me right now. 
Unlike Granny I am able to recreate my recipe at any time because I took notes.

Lemon Torte
1 pkg. Pecan Sandies
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 c. confectioners sugar
8 oz container whipped topping, divided
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 c. lemon juice
1 egg yolk
¼  c. pecans, optional
zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 350°. Start by crushing the cookies.

Combine crushed cookies & melted butter in medium bowl and press into 9x13 dish.  Bake for 15 minutes and let this layer cool completely (30-60 minutes).
Thoroughly combine cream cheese & sugar. Fold in half of the whipped topping.  Spread the mixture on top of the cookie layer.  Next, beat the egg yolk slightly and add milk and lemon juice and lemon zest.  When thoroughly combined spread this layer on top of the cream cheese layer. 
 Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.  Before serving top with remaining whipped topping and pecans.

Granny and I came up with a few alternatives for the cookie crust. She suggest trying vanilla wafers, I'm leaning more towards Golden Oreos. I think both would be pretty tasty.  And next time I will try it with Meyer's Lemons even if it means growing my own tree (that's how dedicated I am). 


  1. I'm going to have to make this for Michael, he loves lemony desserts!

  2. That looks amazing. If your friend does not claim then perhaps it is time I drive to Nashville. ;)

    1. Unfortunately the torturing got to me and I ate it. She showed up the next day, I didn't mention it in hopes she forgot...Hehehe


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