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I’m a tad obsessed with Shaker Lemon Pie! I’ve been experimenting with this tangy-sweet pie every which way. Double crust and single crust. Butter crust. Butter-vodka crust. Gluten-free crust. Olive oil crust. Guess what- each variation is perfect as pie (or Pi) and friends have been the happy recipients.
Why is this pie called Shaker Lemon Pie? From what I’ve researched, the heritage is of frugal Shaker ways using the entire fruit (minus the pits). This makes a very lemony pie. The key is to slice the lemons paper thin; a mandolin works best, but be careful with that sharp slicer!
Recipes vary in the amount of lemons to use. The other ingredients are sugar and eggs and sometimes cornstarch. This makes a filling similar to lemon curd, minus the butter. I like a lot of lemon to make a very full pie shell, which works well with the less tart Meyer lemon. I adapted a recipe from Kate McDermott, one of my pie idols, who has written several pie books including Art of the Pie and she hosts pie baking camps. Pie camp sounds like heaven to me! For now I’ll settle for a slice of lemon pie, and always with whipped cream please 🙂
Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie
- 1 single or double crust pie Either double or single is delicious. I like the single crust that shows the pretty lemon slices on top. Stir-N-Roll Pie Crust – Rosemary Mark
- about 1-1/4 pounds lemons, around 6
- 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar or 1-1/2 cups if you like super tart; 2 cups if you think you lemons are super tart
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1-2 tsp, cornstarch depending on your preference for juiciness
- 4 large eggs
- sweetened whipped cream for serving optional
- SLICE lemons paper thin, discarding seeds as best you can. A mandolin is the best tool for this. You should have 2-3/4 to 3 cups sliced lemons plus juice, or 450grams (1lb).
- PLACE sliced lemons in a non-metallic bowl. Stir in all the sugar. Cover and let stand at least 12 hours at room temperature (or refrigerate if kitchen is very warm).
- PREPARE pie dough, either single or double, using your choice of recipe. See notes below. Line a 9-inch pie plate (I always use glass) with dough. I prefer a regular depth pan, but a deep-dish will work if your dough round is rolled large enough. However the filling may be a little short in the dish.
- PREHEAT oven to 425°F.
- In a separate bowl, WHISK cornstarch into one of the eggs, leaving no lumps. Whisk in remaining eggs.
- STIR together the eggs and lemon mixture. Pour into prepared pie shell. If desired, add top pie dough and crimp edges.
- BAKE at 425°F for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375°F and continue baking 25-35 minutes until top is slightly puffed, lightly browned (single or double crust) and center feels set. It's a little harder to see if the center is set with the double crust, but if the crust is evenly golden brown it should be done.
- COOL pie on a wire rack. Serve slightly warm or cool. With whipped cream is preferred!