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Citrus Pie Recipe

Lemon and Mandarin Pie with Walnuts and Chocolate


Citrus Pie Recipe 

This month’s Sweet Adventure is hosted by The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader. Browsing through this month’s Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine (June 2012) I came across a recipe for Shaker Lemon Pie by Alistair Wise. I really liked his method for making the pie filling so decided to give it a go. I have adapted his recipe to create this Citrus Pie Recipe. I have lemons from our tree at the moment and added mandarin for some sweetness. I enjoy cooking with mandarin and have been adding them to most of my cakes lately. They give my carrot cake a burst of sunshine and sweetness. 

These pies have a jaffa flavour with the intensity of lemon kicking in the background. I really enjoyed them. They are not too sweet. They are a perfect winter evening pick-me-up. If you are visiting the home of A Fresh Legacy in the coming months, expect to be served these hot winter citrus pies.

Get baking and keep warm!

Makes: 6 individual pies (tin size 11cm)

Preparation time: 20 minutes plus time to freeze the citrus and let it stand with the sugar overnight

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Note: Due to the resting time, this recipe should be started the day prior to cooking it


  • 2 lemons
  • 2 mandarins
  • 280 grams white sugar
  • 1/3 cup of walnuts- chopped
  • 85 grams dark cooking chocolate – chopped
  • 3 sheets shortcrust pastry – thawed
  • 4 eggs – whisked


  1. Put the lemons and mandarins into the freezer to harden for 30 minutes
  2. After 30 minutes remove from the freezer and thinly slice with a mandolin, or very thinly with a knife. Discard the ends
  3. Add the sliced lemon, mandarins and sugar to a bowl and let the mixture sit at room temperature overnight
  4. Next day: Turn on the oven to heat to 160 degrees
  5. Cut the pastry to the required shape (top and bottom for each pie) and place into the bottom of greased tins to form the bottom of the pie
  6. Add the walnuts, chocolate and the whisked eggs to the citrus and sugar and stir to combine
  7. Spoon the filling into the pastry
  8. Add the lid to the pie and seal edges
  9. Brush with egg white if desired (not necessary)
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  11. Remove from the oven and sit for 10 minutes to cool
  12. Remove from the pie tins and serve with desired topping such as cream, or ice-cream. I eat mine without a topping and didn’t miss it.

 Lemons and Madarins

Citrus Pie Ingredients

Fill Pies

Citrus Pies


I am looking forward to reading some of the other Sweet as Pie entries.

What is your favorite pie combination to warm you through on a chilly winter evening?

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  • JJ @ 84thand3rd June 18, 2012, 10:24 am

    Wow, what an interesting combo – the oranges and chocolate I get but have never thought to use lemon! Fabulous

  • Mel B (Honey You Baked) June 18, 2012, 10:43 pm

    This sounds and looks delicious – anything with mandarin catches my eye… I’m loving your photos too – just stunning 🙂

  • Jennifer (Delicieux) June 19, 2012, 4:01 pm

    What an interesting combination, I’m a chocolate orange fiend, but have never thought of adding lemons to the mix. I’ll have to try it 😀

  • Nic@diningwithastud June 20, 2012, 9:40 am

    What a greta way to use the whole fruit!! I so want to devour one of these right now. Thanks for joining the hop 😀

  • tania@mykitchenstories June 21, 2012, 11:29 pm

    This is a great recipe. A bit like making marmalade and then encasing it into a pie. very nice

  • Monica (@gastromony) June 22, 2012, 9:17 pm

    What an amazing combination of flavours 🙂

  • Christina @ The Hungry Australian June 22, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Citrus, nuts and chocolate – ooo I like the sound of that!

    Great that you used your own fruit, too.

  • Lau June 24, 2012, 9:03 am

    What an interesting combo fo flavours. I’m not much for mandarins, but this might just convince me…

  • Moya June 24, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Love that you were able to use your own lemons… the flavour combinations sound and look delicious! 🙂

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