Lemon Sponge Pie

by Kate on July 8, 2013

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Well who know vacations could be so exhausting. I suppose it isn’t really the vacation that’s taken all my get up and go but more the travel. 10 hours in a car with 3 kids makes for a loooooong drive. So who know sitting in a car could be so exhausting? But we’re home and had a wonderful visit with my mother, brothers and sister. Today we’re settling back into real life and I’m sharing with you this lovely Lemon Sponge Pie.

It’s Secret Recipe Club time again and this month I was paired up with Sara of Cupcake Muffin. As always, this blog called out to me with tons of scrumptious treats. I definitely got the impression that Sara enjoys baking muffins and tarts just as much as I do because I found a ton of them! Including her Lemon Sponge Tartlets. They were just adorable! Being a big fan of all things lemon, I knew I’d found the perfect recipe.
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For my version, I transformed tartlets into a pie due to the absence of tartlet pans in my menagerie of baking equipment. How is that even possible. **Note to self: You need tartlets pans cause tartlets are adorable! This pie is light and airy on top and more custardy on the bottom. The taste reminded me so much of a lemon meringue pie minus the meringue topping. It’s tart and sweet and makes for a perfect summer dessert.

And just cause I’m a bit of a nerd… PacMan Pie?

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Lemon Sponge Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Lemon Sponge Pie

The light, airy top on this Lemon Sponge Pie covers a custardy pie below that's reminiscent of lemon meringue but lighter.


  • 1 (9") disk refrigerated pie crust
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll pie crust to 10-inch and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Flute the edges. Fill with pie weights and bake about 10 minutes until light blonde. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Reserve whites. Whisk in the zest, lemon juice, and milk. Whisk in the sugar, flour, and salt and beat until smooth.
  3. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
  4. Gently fold the egg whites into the lemon mixture. Carefully pour the batter into the cooled pie crust.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown on top and center is almost set. If top begins to brown toward the end, cover top loosely with foil. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.


Adapted from Cupcake Muffin


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

melissa@IWasBornToCook July 8, 2013 at 9:46 am

What a gorgeous pie! Looks delicious.


Kate July 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Melissa!


Camilla @ Culinary Adventures July 8, 2013 at 10:32 am

I don’t have tartlet pans either! What’s wrong with us?!? Will remedy that soon. Your PIE looks absolutely gorgeous, though. Thanks for sharing with the SRC>


Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig July 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

Lemon is my fave flavor of summer, awesome job on the crust shaping too! It’s beautiful!


Barb | Creative Culinary July 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

You need to take a vacation from your blog too if you REALLY want to get away…I don’t know how you do it with three kids and a job; give yourself a break today!

This is one of my favorite pies by the way…so simple and yet so very good; I would love a slice for breakfast actually. 🙂


Kate July 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Thanks so much for the wonderful advice. You’re so right. I would loooove a blog vacation


sara July 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I’m so glad you liked this recipe! Your version looks amazing!! 🙂


SallyBR July 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Loved this recipe! I am from Group D, indulging in some SRC ahead of my own crowd 😉

You did such a great job with the crust, mine never looks perfect, so I go for the “rustic” approach

Hope you are having a nice Monday browsing through SRC!


Isabelle @ Crumb July 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I’m such a sucker for lemony desserts, so this one looks like it’s right up my alley…. especially since I do have tartlet pans I could bake it in. 🙂 This sounds like just the thing for unwinding from post-vacation stress!


Delishhh July 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I love anything lemon. This looks fabulous!

I am all with you on neededing a vacation after a vacation. I don’t know how you do it with 3 kids, blog and work. I only have 1 kid and am exhausted 🙂


ChristineM July 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I can make this for my SIL, she is a lemon lover!


Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook July 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I’ve never heard of a sponge pie before, but now I want one! What a great pie for summertime. And I love the Pacman pic. 🙂


Wendy @ La Phemme Phoodie July 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

The pie sounds heavenly. No tart pans? Sounds like we need to plan a trip to Crate & Barrel soon:)


Kate July 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

We seriously do!!! I miss you!


LeAndra July 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

This sounds really unique. The way it looks reminds me of sugar cream pie, which I adored as a kid. I am looking forward to trying this out some time.

P.S. – PacMan Pie is hilarious.


Kate July 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

HA! I thought the PacMan shot was too cute not to include. Funny thing is, it was totally accidental. After the pictures were on my computer I realized how much it looked like pacman 🙂


Terra July 8, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Love love lemon pie recipes, and yours looks so delicious! It honestly looks like a Southern treat called Lemon Chess Pie, which is YUMMY too! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra


leigh July 9, 2013 at 12:56 am

Huge fan of any sort of lemony dessert! Looks delicious!


Liz July 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

Anything with lemons has my name all over it! Love that it tastes like lemon meringue pie without the meringue because I can always skip the meringue! Pinning!


Karly July 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Seriously. I always need a vacation ALONE after my family vacations. So much work! 🙂

This pie looks amazing! And I’m sorry, but sponge pie is just fun to say!


Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life July 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

You’re right, tartlet pans are adorable! And I just adore lemon desserts. It’s light and refreshing, not heavy like a rich chocolate.


Evelyne@cheapethniceatz July 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Look like a wonderful pie that indeed does look like pac-man. My mom highjacked my tart pan, must get it back.


Anna (Hidden Ponies) July 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I like the ease of one pie, and this looks like a perfect refreshing summer dessert! Welcome back from vacation – we’re planning a road trip with the 3 kids next summer, I’ll need tips ;P


Katrina July 10, 2013 at 12:31 am

Ha, love the Pacman pie!
And I totally hear ya about long car rides with kids. We just did 2 days each way (8-10 hours a day) with our four boys. sigh Always need a vacation after vacation.


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

great choice for SRC! pacman haha 😉


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