The Best Arizona Sunshine Lemon Pie

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Arizona Sunshine Lemon Pie

Making the best Arizona sunshine lemon pie is very easy, and you are rewarded with a delicious tasting pie. This pie only requires a few ingredients and will be enjoyed by everyone, for any occasion. This recipe is perfect for home cooks of all skill levels. Be sure to give this recipe a try today with the below step-by-step instructions! 

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Easy Recipe: Arizona Sunshine Lemon Pie

Making lemon pie has never been easier than with this Arizona sunshine lemon pie recipe. To make this delicious pie, we will only need a few basic ingredients for the filling, along with your favorite pie crust recipe, or a prepared pie crust. 

If you are new to making pies, or a bit unsure when it comes to pies, this is the perfect recipe to get you started. This recipe is literally one of the easiest pie recipes you will encounter. If you love lemon, this recipe is a must-try. 

Blender Lemon Pie 

Blender lemon pie, wait what? You heard it right, Arizona sunshine lemon pie is easily made using a blender. This is part of what makes this pie so easy, and delicious to enjoy. 

After your pie crust is prepared, you simply throw your filling ingredients into a blender, blend them all up, and then pour them into your pie crust. It’s so easy, and you are rewarded with a delicious tasting pie.

Throw a lemon in a blender … and make some Arizona sunshine 

Because you’re throwing all your filling ingredients into the blender, you may have guessed that a blender is an important kitchen utensil to have on hand when making this pie recipe. However, if you do not have a blender, you could also use a food processor. 

If you do not have access to either one, you can simply juice your lemon, and then zest your lemon peel into the pie. This will ultimately give you a similar effect, it just requires more work. 

I have a Ninja blender that I like to use when making this pie. However, other brands may be used as well, if they are heavy-duty, and have the ability to fully blend your lemon, they will work well. 

The key, to using your blender, or food processor is to be sure that it is powerful to fully blend your slices of lemon into your pie. 

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Arizona Sunshine Lemon (or Lime) Pie

Arizona sunshine lemon pie is easy and delicious to make. However, what if you’re not a big fan of lemons, or have difficulty obtaining lemons? Never fear, you could also make this delicious recipe by using limes instead of lemon. 

Please note that to make the substitution, you will need to use two limes for every one lemon the recipe calls for. 

Making lime pie, instead of Arizona sunshine lemon pie, is also a delicious recipe variation, that can be prepared the same way, only with limes instead of lemons. Now, let’s turn our attention to what ingredients you will need to have on hand for making Arizona sunshine lemon pie. 

Ingredients For Arizona Sunshine Pie

Pie filling:

Whole lemons (or limes)

Eggs

Butter

Vanilla

Granulated sugar

Prepared pie crust

For the topping:

Heavy Cream

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla

Lemon slices

Lemon zest 

Kitchen Items for this Recipe

Pie plate (glass works best)

Blender or food processor

How To Make Arizona Sunshine Pie

Prep: 

Begin by preparing your pie crust and placing it into a glass pie plate. Be sure that it remains unbaked. Next, wash then cut your lemons into slices, and remove any seeds. Preheat oven to 350°F.  

Blend: 

Add your lemon slices, along with eggs, butter, vanilla, and sugar, into your blender. Blend on high speed, or pulse for several minutes until no chunks remain.  

Bake:

Pour your mixture into your unbaked pie crust, and bake for approximately 40-50 minutes, or until the center is no longer gooey. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then place in the fridge and chill before serving. 

Topping:

Before serving, prepare your whipped cream. Then lightly sprinkle the top of your chilled pie with powdered sugar. Add whipped cream, lemon slices, and lemon zest as desired. Then serve and enjoy! 

Lemons and Bitterness: 

You may encounter that some lemons make your pie bitter. This typically comes from too much white portion of the skin. For best results, you will want to use lemons with thin skin, or Meyer lemons. 

If you are unable to find lemons that have a thin skin, you can simply juice your lemons, remove the entire filling in place into your mixture along with the pulp, then zest only the yellow part of your lemon peel into the pie. 

Now that you know the basics of how to make this Arizona sunshine lemon pie, let’s turn our attention to the detailed recipe below the step-by-step instructions. 

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Arizona Sunshine Lemon Pie Recipe

Details

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 – 9 inch pie

Preparation

Before you begin making your pie, the first essential step is to fully wash all of your lemons. Then once washed, pat them dry. You can also grease the bottom of your pie plate with cooking spray and add your unbaked pie crust to the pie plate. Do not bake the pie crust. 

Ingredients

For the pie

1 ½ whole lemon, washed, dried, sliced and seeds removed (or 3 limes)

¾ cup butter, soft

2 cups granulated sugar

6 large eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla (optional)

Prepared 9-inch pie crust

For the topping

1-pint heavy cream, (2 cups)

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

½ lemon, sliced for optional decoration

2 Tbsp lemon zest, for optional decoration

2 Tbsp powdered sugar, for optional decoration

Instructions

Step 1

Before you begin, wash all of your lemons, and pat them dry. Then slice the lemons and remove any seeds. You will also want to line your pie plate with your prepared unbaked pie crust. 

Step 2

In a blender, add 1 ½ lemon that has been sliced. To the blender, also add butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Blend on high, or pulse for several minutes, or until no chunks remain.  

Step 3

Pour your blended filling into the prepared pie crust, and place into the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for approximately 40 to 50 minutes, or until the center is no longer gooey. Remove from the oven and allow your pie to cool. 

Step 4

After your pie has cooled to room temperature, place your pie into the refrigerator and chill. 

Step 5

Chill your pie until you are ready to serve. Then before serving, decorate your pie, with your prepared whipped cream, slices of lemon, lemon zest, and powdered sugar as desired. Then serve and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

Lemon. One note about this recipe is that for best results, we recommend using a lemon that has a thin skin on it, however, if you are not able to you can remove the entire filling of the lemon, and zest only the yellow portion of the outside skin. If you include too much of the white part of the skin of a lemon, it becomes bitter in taste. 

Chilled. For best results in flavor, and texture, we recommend serving the pie after it has been chilled. Although you may serve it will warm, it will not be as solid as after it has chilled. 

Nutrition Facts

The following nutritional facts assume that the above pie recipe contains approximately eight servings or slices. We have estimated one slice of pie, to be one serving. We have estimated that 1 slice contains approximately 413 calories. We have also estimated that one slice of pie contains approximately 21.7 g total fat, 185 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 53.7 g total carbohydrates, in 5.2 g protein. 

Tips

The best tip we can provide, if you are unsure if your lemon has too much skin, or will make a bitter pie, is to remove the entire filling, including juice and pulp, and add it to your mixer. Then, zest the yellow portion of your lemon skin into your blender as well. This way, you can avoid adding the bitter portion of the lemon into your blender. 

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FAQs

Can you freeze this pie?

As long as your pie does not contain any whipped cream on top, it may be frozen. To freeze, you will want to wrap it securely in plastic wrap, airtight container, or place it into a freezer bag and seal tightly before freezing. For best results, use your frozen pie within one month, however, it may be stored for two months in the freezer.

Can I substitute margarine for butter in this recipe?

Yes, you may substitute margarine for butter in this recipe using a one-for-one ratio. 

Can you use limes instead of lemons?

Yes, limes may be used instead of lemons for this recipe if desired. To make a lime pie, simply use two limes for every one lemon called for in the above recipe. Otherwise, prepare as instructed above. 

Can you use a food processor?

Yes, you can use a food processor, instead of a blender when making this pie recipe if desired. Simply prepare as instructed above, only pulse your filling until no lumps remain. 

How Can I keep it from getting bitter?

Bitterness in a lemon pie comes from too much of the white part of the skin of a lemon. To avoid bitterness, choose a lemon that has a thin skin, or remove the filling, and add it separately, then zest only the yellow portion of the skin into your blender. 

Summary

Arizona sunshine lemon pie is very easy to make and tastes like a bit of sunshine. If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert, this one is perfect as it can be made ahead of time and enjoyed when you are ready. You just can’t go wrong with this delicious lemon pie!

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Arizona Sunshine Pie

Arizona sunshine lemon pie, as easily made using a blender or food processor. This pie recipe only requires a few ingredients, and tastes amazing. This pie recipe is perfect for any skill-level home cook. Be sure to give this recipe a try and see for yourself how easy and delicious it really is! 

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