Chiffon pie
Place of originUnited States
Created byMonroe Boston Strause
Lemon chiffon pie, gained popularity from housewives of America, featured in the Ladies' Home Journal

A chiffon pie is a type of pie that consists of a special type of airy filling in a crust. The filling is typically produced by folding meringue into a mixture resembling fruit curd (most commonly lemon) that has been thickened with unflavored gelatin to provide a light, airy texture; it is thus distinguished from a cream pie or mousse pie, which achieve lightness by folding in whipped cream rather than meringue. This filling is then put into a pre-baked pie shell of variable composition and chilled.[1][2][3] This same technique can also be used with canned pumpkin to produce pumpkin chiffon pie.[4][5]

The preparation of a mock chiffon pie can be simplified by using flavored gelatin mix and artificial whipped cream substitute.[6]


The chiffon pie was invented in Los Angeles in 1926 by Monroe Boston Strause, who was known as the Pie King. The original recipe called for beaten egg whites to be folded into a cornstarch-thickened liquid.[7] Strause was dissatisfied with existing cream pies and had been made ill by a cornstarch pudding as a child.[8] Strause claimed it was his mother who compared it to chiffon when she first saw it.[8]

Besides the new filling, the pie also introduced dome-shaped filling and graham-cracker crust.[8]

The popularity of the pie was such that Strause traveled as much as 30,000 miles a year teaching the technique to hotels and restaurants.[8]


  1. ^ Recipe: Lemon chiffon pie. Los Angeles Times. November 18, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Lemon Chiffon Pie with Gingersnap Crust. bon appétit. July 1, 2006. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Lemon Chiffon Pie. Food Network. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Pumpkin Chiffon Pies. Martha Stewart Living. October 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  5. ^ Pumpkin Chiffon Pie. Better Homes and Gardens. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Tropical Chiffon Pie. Woman's Day. January 24, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Perry, Charles. The Pie King. Los Angeles Times January 9, 1997. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d Anastopoulo, Rossi (March 24, 2020). "The 'Pie Engineer' Who Designed a Dessert For the Jazz Age". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved March 24, 2021.