Shaker Lemon Pie

  • Serves

    serves 8

Shaker Lemon Pie

Shakers, descendants of an 18th-century Christian ascetic movement, believe that when you eat, you should "shaker your plate"—finish every last crumb. That's easy to do when you're having a slice of this sweet-tart, sunny pie—a specialty of the Ohio branch of the Shaker community—with its flaky, buttery crust and marmalade-like citrus filling. This recipe also appears in the SAVEUR New Classics Cookbook.


For the Filling

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 14 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 large lemons, zested and thinly sliced, seeds discarded
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp. flour

For the Crust

  • 1 34 cups flour, plus more
  • 10 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 5 tbsp. ice-cold water


Step 1

Start the filling: Toss sugar, salt, and lemon zest and slices in a bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours.

Step 2

Make the crust: Pulse flour, butter, shortening, and salt in a food processor into pea-size crumbles. Add water; pulse until dough forms. Divide dough in half and flatten into disks; wrap in plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.

Step 3

Finish the filling and bake the pie: Heat oven to 425°. Whisk eggs in a bowl until frothy. Whisk in melted butter and 3 tbsp. flour; stir into reserved lemon mixture. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 disk dough into a 12" round; fit into a 9" pie plate. Trim edges using a knife, leaving 1" dough overhanging edge of plate; pour in filling. Roll remaining disk dough into a 12" round and place over top of pie. Pinch top and bottom edges together and fold under; crimp edges and cut 5 steam vents in the top crust. Bake until crust is golden, about 30 minutes. Reduce oven to 350°; bake until golden brown, 25–30 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

As Seen In:

Saveur New Classics Cookbook

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