Recipe: Mather Lodge’s Lemon Icebox Pie.

Here's an exerpt from the book Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State.

Petit Jean State Park is the oldest park in the Arkansas State Park system — but the restaurant? Well, there’s been a restaurant at Mather Lodge at the park as long as I can remember. The food was always pretty decent, but the décor? You could take or leave it.

Until now. In May 2011, the newly renovated Mather Lodge opened. Architects were careful to include the original lodge reception areas in its construction, but they took off the 1970s addition and replaced it with a carefully conceived lodge-style dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen. The new facility looks like it’s been there for generations.

What pie should you eat at Mather Lodge? Why, the lemon icebox, of course. Tart and sweet and very strong, it’s a sharing pie, the sort of pie you’ll want coffee with. And you can even make it at home.

1 16-ounce package frozen lemonade concentrate
2 16-ounce tubs whipped topping
2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
4 graham cracker crusts

Blend concentrate, whipped topping and condensed milk. Pour into pie crust. Chill for one hour. Top with graham cracker crumbs and/or whipped topping if you choose.

Missing a few ingredients, or trying to make this recipe corn syrup free? Check out the Improv Lemon Pie recipe at Tie Dye Travels.