Friday, August 27, 2010

PieDay Friday-Watermelon Chiffon Pie

I've been wanting to make a watermelon pie for some time now but haven't had the motivation to experiment too much with it.  Wednesday afternoon I  was flipping though my favorite cookbook on the subject, Pie by Ken Haedrich and came upon a recipe for a Watermelon Chiffon Pie. It sounded perfect! I was a little unsure about the combination of whipping cream and watermelon but decided to give it a go anyway. I'm  so glad I did because it was delicious! Unlike anything I've ever previously tasted, the novelty factor alone bumped up this 7 star pie to a 9 in my book. Creamy and light, it's a fantastic way to give Summer a proper send off!

Watermelon Chiffon Pie

6 cups of watermelon flesh
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 envelops of unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 large egg whites, room temperature
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar
Whipped cream for garnish

 Place the watermelon and the granulated sugar into a large bowl. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, liquefy the watermelon as best as possible. Set aside for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture in a sieve, ensuring you have 2 3/4 cup of watermelon juice. Discard the pulp and any extraneous liquid (or use the extra watermelon juice to make popsicles or cocktails).

In a large bowl, pour in 1/4 cup of watermelon juice and sprinkle the gelatin on top (do NOT stir the gelatin in). Set aside for 4 minutes, allowing the gelatin to dissolve. Meanwhile, place 1/2 cup of the watermelon juice in a sauce pan, and bring to a near boil. Whisk the hot juice into the gelatin mixture.

Pour in the remaining watermelon juice and combine with the gelatin mixture. Add the lime juice, cover and place in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, using an electric beater, beat the egg whites in a medium sized bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In a clean, dry and chilled bowl beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add the powdered sugar, and incorporate until smooth. Place in the refrigerator.

When the watermelon gelatin starts to firm (about an hour) remove and add 1/4 of the whipped cream. Beat in with an electric mixer until smooth. Gently fold in the egg whites and remaining whipped cream. You want to avoid pockets of white from either the egg whites or whipped cream. Pour into pie shell. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to chill 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with sifted powdered sugar and whipped cream if desired.

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Brandy said...

This pie sounds yummy! I am a new follower from Fun Follow Friday.

Melissa + Tiffany @ Home Grown Families said...

Looks GREAT!! I can NOT bake. I do not care how simple the recipe is. I do not care if it is a no-bake recipe- I WILL mess it up. I buy my desserts and cook my meals :) It's the only way people will ever think I am a good cook :)
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Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

I've never had watermelon pie before, it looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Alicia said...

Stopping by from New Friend Friday ... what a wonderful recipe! We will have to give it a try.

Have a great weekend!

Kel said...

I've never heard of watermelon in any type of pie. This sounds like something my girls and I would love. I was just swinging by to invite you to join us for our Spotlight Saturday Blog Hop. Link up your blog and another you'd like to spotlight this week. I hope you have a great weekend!


chubskulit said...

Looks so good!

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Mandy's Creative Corner said...

Two of my favorite things! Thanks for the recipe, I'm adding it to my list of things to do for sure =) Dropping by from Tickled Pink!

Jacqueline said...

You had me with the name. I had to check this one out on Foodie Fridays. This looks so light and lucious.

Brianna! said...

sounds delish

Gabrielle @ i.gourmet said...

This looks really good and easy to make, I love it!

Jerri said...

Wow! I've never seen a watermelon pie before! This looks so good!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

Holly said...

Watermelon pie...that is a new one. I must try it!

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