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Tangerine Chiffon Pie

At once luscious and airy, indulgent and light, this pretty pie is a delicious study in contrasts. The crisp, buttery shortbread crust is topped with an ethereal chiffon; a mousselike filling with citrus flavor that's surprisingly bright given the pie's pale-sunshine color.

  • Servings: 10
Tangerine Chiffon Pie

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2006


  • 2 cups store-bought tangerine-orange juice blend
  • 3 cups finely ground store-bought shortbread cookies (about 12 ounces)
  • 5 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it has reduced to about 1 cup, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

  2. Pulse cookies, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor until thoroughly combined. With processor running, add melted butter; process until combined. Press cookie mixture evenly into bottom, up sides, and onto rim of a 10-inch pie plate. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  3. Put lemon juice into a small bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, the juice reduction, and the remaining 2 teaspoons zest in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes (do not let boil). Remove from heat. Add gelatin mixture, and whisk until gelatin has dissolved completely.

  4. Transfer gelatin-egg yolk mixture to a large bowl. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cool and thick enough to hold a ribbon on surface, 25 to 30 minutes.

  5. Put egg whites and cream of tartar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat until stiff but not dry peaks form. Fold egg-white mixture into gelatin-egg yolk mixture in 3 batches, folding until just combined after each addition. Pour into cooled crust. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or overnight.

Reviews (5)

  • Navanax 9 Mar, 2012

    This online recipe is missing:

    4 eggs, separated, at room temperature.

    From the April 2006 MSL.

  • Navanax 6 Mar, 2012

    The missing ingredient in this recipe:

    4 eggs, separated, at room temperature

    From MS Living April 2006.

  • Nancnurse 3 Jul, 2011

    The recipe calls for eggs but they are not listed in the ingredients; therefore, I do not know how many to use

  • Alison_Marie 16 May, 2011

    So I actually made this recipe, despite the initial mistake omitting eggs from the ingredient list. The pie turned out great, but this is not a good recipe. I felt like I made a huge stack of dirty dishes for one simple pie, soI think with practice I will be able to streamline the steps. It makes way too much crumb for a 10" pie crust, so I moved up to 11" and still had crumbs leftover. Had to use more butter, too.I used 4 eggs, and the filling was firm, but a little low in the bigger pan.

  • Alison_Marie 15 May, 2011

    How many eggs and how much cream of tartar? They are in the directions, but not the ingredient list. Very sloppy proof-reading by someone .....

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