This traditional pie is a favourite in the Shaker community. An interesting piece of trivia here "shaker your plate" means eat every last crumb. Waste nothing.
This pie is tart like marmalade. Macerate the lemon slices in sugar at room temperature overnight.
Shaker Lemon Pie
The Meyer lemon is native to China and is a cross between a lemon and an orange. The result is a sweeter and less acidic fruit. This sweet tart marmalade-like pie mellows after a day or two.
2 c. sugar (500 mL)
1/4 tsp. kosher salt (1 mL)
2 Meyer lemons, zested and thinly sliced, seeds discarded
1/4 c. unsalted butter, melted (60 mL)
3 tbsp. flour (45 mL)
1 3/4 c. flour, plus more (415 mL)
3/4 c. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled 175 mL
2 tbsp. vegetable shortening (30 mL)
1 tsp. kosher salt (5 mL)
4 tbsp. ice cold water (60 mL)
Toss sugar, salt and lemon zest and slices in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
Pulse flour, cold butter, shortening and salt in a food processor into pea-size crumbles. Add water and pulse until dough forms. Divide dough in half and make two flattened balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill one hour.
Heat oven to 425 F (220 C). Whisk eggs in a bowl until frothy. Whisk in melted butter and three tablespoons (45 mL) flour. Stir into reserved lemon mixture. On a lightly floured surface, roll one disk of dough into a round and fit into a nine inch (23 cm) pie plate. Trim edges using a knife, leaving one inch (2.5 cm) dough overhanging edge of plate. Pour in filling. Roll remaining disk dough into a round and place over top of pie. Trim and crimp edges and cut steam vents in the top crust. Bake until crust is beginning to brown, about 30 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 F (175 C) and bake until golden brown, 25–30 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.