Ohio Shaker Lemon Pie

The Shakers were a Christian sect that began in Great Britain and made their way to the Northeast of the United States in the middle of the eighteen century. By the 1840s, several communities in Ohio

Ohio Lemon Shaker Pie

existed. Shakers were a very thrifty bunch and this pie presumably came about in an effort to use every part of the lemon. Yes, indeedy-doo, this pie uses the lemon pulp, the juice AND the skin. Use Meyer lemons as the flesh is sweeter than a regular lemon and the skin is more aromatic. The bitterness of the skin is tempered by the two cups of sugar that the lemons macerate with overnight. We have seen recipes for this pie with a top crust as well, but we liked the single crust version – all the better to see and taste the sunny yellow filling. Just the thing to brighten these gray winter days.

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Ohio Shaker Lemon Pie

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 1 hr.
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients

For crust:

  • 1¼ cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold water

For filling:

  • 2 Meyer lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

For crust: Place all ingredients except water in food processor and blend until fine crumbs are formed. Add water a little at a time until the dough is moist and forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge until ready to use. (Can be made a day ahead).

For filling: Over a medium mixing bowl to catch the juice, slice the lemons very thinly (can use a mandolin), discarding the ends. Reserve 3-5 slices of lemon for center of pie. Chop the remaining lemon slices into small pieces, then add to the mixing bowl, along with any lemon juice. Discard any visible seeds. Add 2 cups sugar and stir to combine. Let sit for at least 3 hours or overnight in fridge.

Roll out crust onto a floured surface. Gently lift onto a 9-inch pie plate. Finish edges by fluting or forking them.

Add beaten eggs and salt to lemon mixture. Add flour and vanilla and mix. Pour lemon mixture into pie crust. Array reserved lemon slices in center of pie.

Bake at 425 degrees for the first 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for approximately 30 minutes more or until crust is golden brown, the pie is set and the filling is bubbly. If necessary, cover edge of crust with foil to prevent overbrowning. Let pie cool on a wire rack before serving.

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7 thoughts on “Ohio Shaker Lemon Pie”

  1. I’ve always been a chocolate dessert kinda gal, but lately I’ve been alllll about the citrus! Maybe because winter months are when oranges and such are in season so they are SO GOOD.

  2. Hey Kat– that really is a pretty pie! I’ve never seen lemon pie with pieces of the lemon incorporated– it’s beautiful. And– fun to hear a little Shaker history. I didn’t know they came from Britain. I’m wondering how you pick a particular food when you decide on a state?? How do you narrow it down? Hope you have a good weekend ahead– I’m up in San Francisco helping take care of our new grand-girl. It’s grand! take care friend. xox

    1. Hi Rhonda – its a lot a research but I don’t worry about narrowing it down, if I have multiple ideas for one state I just save that for a later post. Thx for the kind words on this pie – my guys are not big lemon fans so the neighbors got a few slices! – Kat

      1. That’s funny– who wouldn’t want pie??! When I have too much desert around here (often), I take a plateful over to Larry’s folks. That’s a good way to show up at their door… Another fu post Kat!! xo

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