Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 mins
When I went to work at Prudential in 1970, there really was a free lunch for all employees. This dessert was one of their most popular.
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons grated lemons, rind of
- 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped nuts
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- Chill evaporated milk for several hours.
- Sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water; let sit 5 minutes.
- In the top of a double boiler, beat egg yolks and sugar until very light; add lemon juice.
- Cook over boiling water until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
- Add lemon peel.
- Stir in gelatin.
- Cool until syrupy.
- Beat egg whites to form stiff peaks.
- Fold egg whites into cooled gelatin mixture.
- Whip chilled milk until light.
- Fold milk gently into gelatin mixture.
- Blend cookie crumbs, nuts and melted butter.
- Sprinkle 1/3 of crumbs into the bottom of an 8" square pan.
- Spoon 1/2 of the lemon mixture over the crumbs.
- Repeat; end with the last 1/3 of the crumbs.
- Chill until firm.