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With the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, this luscious Lemon Mango Icebox Pie is sure to please.
My dad used to say that the only thing we can be certain of in life is change. It’s so true, really. I’m not always good with change but I do know that once I accept something new and resist the urge to fight it, I’m much better off. We’ve had so many changes in our little world lately. Our new puppy was a change. We love him but he’s still in the chewing stage and I forget how much puppies need to be watched. Tennis shoes, socks from the laundry basket, anything on the ground is his for the taking. He’s such a cutie though, he looks up at us so innocently with those big brown puppy eyes and we can never get mad. I know he has us all wrapped around his little…paw.
Another big change in our lives is that our two sons have both moved back home for a while. Michael, our oldest graduated with a film degree a few years ago and for the last two years he has been working in Los Angeles. Michael has been doing lots of freelance projects and has even worked on editing a feature film which will be releasing soon (hopefully). While freelance jobs are fun and are such great experiences, Michael is realizing that he needs more of a steady, reliable paycheck. There are so many freelancers in LA, he’s a small fish in a very big pond. So, after several months of deliberating, Michal has decided to move back to Houston to work on making corporate videos for a few of the major corporations in our area. He’s been pounding the pavement and passing out business cards and his resume and I’m thrilled that he already has a few projects lined up. I know he won’t be living at home long and I know he misses having a place of his own. It’ll happen soon enough, I’m sure.
Our fourth child, Patrick decided to change his college major and move back home to attend the University of Houston. This is perhaps the biggest change of all. I can remember moving back home after college and it was hard. I didn’t have the same freedoms I enjoyed living the college life when I moved back in with my parents. It was a huge adjustment. So, while I’m happy that Patrick has more of a clear picture of his future, I’m trying to give him some freedom while making sure he understands things aren’t going to be quite the same for him when he lives at home.
Our daughter, Colleen is having the most trouble with all of this. She was so happy to finally have her mom and dad to herself. She loves her brothers but insists that it’s her time now. My husband and I are continuing to spend time just with her and I think we’ll figure out the rest as we go along. I do love having my kids close and I honestly just keep telling myself that we’ll all eventually develop a routine.
This Lemon Mango Icebox Pie has absolutely nothing to do with my story. I could be poetic and talk about how I completely changed up my tried-and-true Lemon Icebox Pie for some exotic reason or another, but in reality, my son, Michael went grocery shopping last week and picked up the sweetest, juciest mangos. We’ve been enjoying them in the mornings for breakfast and they’ve been as sweet as candy. I decided to peel and slice one of the mangos and puree it to add to my lemon pie. It was heavenly! The sweetness of the mango was the perfect balance to the tartness of the lemon and the pie took on a beautiful slightly orange color.
There’s something wonderfully simple about making an icebox pie. They require only a few ingredients and bake ever so slightly. The pie firms up in the refrigerator or the freezer and after a couple of hours is ready to serve. I used a store bought crust because I wanted to keep it simple. If you want to make your own, I can highly recommend the one I use in my Black Cherry Jello Pie.
This Lemon Mango Icebox pie is the perfect warm weather dessert. The custard is rich and creamy and very similar to that of a Key Lime Pie. I topped ours with whipped cream.
Thanks for reading. For those of you who might have any words of wisdom to share or advice on adjusting to our new life with the kids moving back, I’d love to hear. I’ve got some of the most supportive readers and for that I am grateful.
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Lemon Mango Icebox Pie
- 1 graham cracker pie crust , store-bought or homemade
- 1 cup mango (about 1 medium mango), peeled and chopped
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Place the peeled and chopped mango along with 1/4 cup of the lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the pureed mango into a large bowl. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, the remainder of the lemon juice, the egg yolks and the lemon zest. Mix well and pour into pie crust.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until set around edges. The center of the pie should jiggle slightly.
- Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerateor freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
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