The Shaker Lemon Pie, from another of Rose's books The Pie and Pastry Bible, is a very tart and lemony pie made in the same manner as marmalade. That is, the entire lemon: peel, pith, and juicy segments are macerated in sugar for 24 hours and then all of it is mixed with eggs and baked in a pie crust. Crazy! I had to try it.
|lemons, at the beginning of a 24 hour sugar soak|
Curiously, the pie is begun in a very hot oven but after 15 minutes turned down to 350 for the rest of its bake. This leaves the crust a pale blond color, not the nice crusty brown one expects from a baked pie. I wished I had brushed the top with cream or an egg wash or something to help the browning, plus a sprinkle of sugar would be welcome. Next time.
|ready for a top crust|
Rose gives instructions on how to slice the lemons super thinly by hand, but Mark encouraged me to use the mandolin slicer. I am afraid of anything that sharp as I'd like to keep my fingertips intact. He coached me through proper mandolin safety and reminded me several times to wear the teflon glove and stop slicing when I got to the pithy end. I did it, but if Mark wasn't home I would have totally sliced the lemons by hand.
I did make a mistake; I didn't read the directions very well and so I sliced up 340 grams of lemon, which it turns out is the weight of the whole lemons before slicing. I only needed about 300g for the pie, so I had 40g more already macerating in the sugar when I noticed. So, I shrugged my shoulders and hoped for the best. If I was smart, I could have figured out how to increase the sugar and eggs but honestly I didn't think of that until right now. Oh well!
This pie is for the ultimate lemon lover, who doesn't mind a bit of bitter. Maybe it wouldn't have been a bit bitter if I had the proper ratio of lemon to sugar, but I actually don't mind. I am always saying that the best part of any citrus fruit is the bitter white pith we are trained to throw away; the pith is where all the flavonoids live! A generous dollop of whipped cream plays really nicely with the Shaker Lemon Pie, as does a creamy cup of coffee or a strong cup of milky black tea. (Which also has flavonoids! You're being so healthy.)
Next week I'm back with the Alpha Bakers as we bake up date-nut meringue cookies. Do go and check out all the Strawberry Shortcake Genoise, they look so pretty and I know they must be delicious. I'll be dreaming of that cake until strawberry season hits.