Chris's Cold Pie

This cool, lemony creation, from the files of Walt Disney's wife, Lillian, was named in honor of their first grandchild, Christopher Disney Miller.


4 eggs, separated, at room temperature (see "Note" below)
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup sugar, plus another 1/2 cup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 9-inch prepared graham cracker piecrust
1/2 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg

1. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks with lemon juice and water until combined.

2. Mix gelatin, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and salt in the top of a double boiler.

3. Pour in the egg yolk mixture and blend well.

3. Cook, stirring constantly, over simmering water for 10 minutes.

4. Stir in lemon rind. Let sit for 20 minutes over a bowl of ice cubes, stirring occasionally.

5. Remove from ice when mixture is thick enough to form a mound when dropped from a spoon.

6. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form.

7. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.

8. Gently fold the gelatin mixture into the egg whites until just combined. Turn into the piecrust. (See Walt's Lemon Meringue Pie recipe above if you prefer to make a graham cracker crust.)

9. Dust the top with nutmeg and chill for several hours.

Note: There is always a risk of food poisoning when cooking with raw eggs. The yolks in this recipe are cooked, and you may substitute liquid pasteurized egg whites for the raw whites.