Watermelon Chiffon Pie
Watermelon Chiffon Pie
Chiffon pie is made with gelatin and beaten egg whites so it is light and fluffy. It typically has a graham cracker or cookie type crust and may include a layer of whipped cream to give it an extra airy feel.
When you think Chiffon, you probably first think of Lemon Chiffon pie as it’s the most common flavor. However, just because it’s most common, doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with other flavors as we have done here. Chiffon can literally be made with just about any flavor you want from strawberries or blueberries to peach or pumpkin and even chocolate or coffee.
This Watermelon version is not only light and airy; its flavor is light too. So for those who don’t like power flavors like Lemon may enjoy this version more.
2 Tbsp. Watermelon Jell-O
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups pureed seedless watermelon
1/2 cup powdered confectioners’ sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 egg whites, stiffly-beaten
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
One 10-inch prepared graham cracker crust
Whipped cream to garnish
Add the Jell-O to the boiling water in a heat-proof bowl and mix until the Jell-O crystals completely dissolve. Add the cold water and stir.
Add the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and slowly pour in the puree and stir well.
At this point, you want the mixture to come to room temperature. Depending on whether you started with a room temperature melon or one that had been refrigerated, this may only take a few minutes or it could take a bit longer.
Once it reaches room temperature, refrigerate it until the mixture begins to thicken, about 20 minutes.
Once thickened, in a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the mixture.
Next, do the same with the whipping cream.
Once everything is combined well, pour into prepared crust. Refrigerate until firm.
Garnish each serving with whipped topping.
Again, because many watermelons don’t have a lot of flavor, I highly recommend you use watermelon flavored Jell-O if possible instead of plain gelatin. If the watermelon you selected has a lot of flavor, this may not be necessary, however, it’s best to have both on hand, just in case.
For other flavors, you may want to try it with non-flavored gelatin the first time and if it isn’t flavorful enough for you, try adding Jell-O the next time.
Watermelon Chiffon pie is great served with meals that are heavy on flavorful sauces such as BBQ. The balance of spicy barbecue sauce on ribs or sandwiches companioned with the airy consistency of chiffon and mild flavored watermelon makes for a great meal.