Watermelon Chiffon Pie

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Servings: 10-12
READY IN
4hrs 20mins
Ingredients
  • 1 graham cracker crumb crust (Store bought or homemade)
  • FILLING
  • 6 cups watermelon (seeds are fine)
  • 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (aka, two envelopes)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream or 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • GARNISH
  • confectioners' sugar, to dust
  • whipped cream (homemade or store bought)
Directions
  • Place a medium sized bowl and a set of beaters in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Bake pie crust according to directions and let cool; Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Combine the watermelon and granulated sugar in a very large bowl; using a potato masher, mash until the mixture is quite liquid; set aside for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, drain the mixture through a strainer, reserving almost 2 ¾ cups of the watermelon juice and then discard pulp and seeds.
  • Put ¼ cup of the juice in a medium size bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it; set aside for 3 to 4 minutes to dissolve.
  • Heat ½ cup of the juice in a small saucepan over medium heat (or in the microwave) to a near boil; whisk the hot juice into the dissolved gelatin.
  • Pour the remaining 2 cups watermelon juice into a large bowl an stir in the gelatin-watermelon juice mixture; stir in the lime juice; place in refrigerator.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a medium size bowl until stiff peaks form; set aside; clean and dry beaters;
  • Using the chilled medium-size bowl and chilled beaters, beat the heavy cream with the mixer until it holds soft peaks; add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth and stiff but not grainy; refrigerate.
  • When the watermelon juice mixture starts to firm up, add about one-quarter of the whipped cream and beat with the electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add the beaten egg whites and remaining whipped cream and gently fold them in with a large rubber spatula; if necessary, use a whisk-very briefly- to smooth the mixture and break up any large globs of whites or whipped cream;
  • Pour the filling into the cooled pie shell; shake to settle; cover with loosely tented aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • To serve, garnish each slice with a dusting of confections’ sugar, and then add a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.