Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

April 2015

Sister Lettie’s Maple Pie

2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons corn starch
1 cup brown sugar, packed 2 tablespoons cold milk
1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup half-and-half, hot Pastry for one crust
3 eggs 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Melt butter in saucepan and blend in sugar. Gradually add syrup and hot half and half, and stir until sugar is well dissolved. Dissolve cornstarch in cold milk and beat into eggs with salt. Pour the hot mixture into the cold mixture, beating constantly to prevent curdling. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake in a preheated moderate oven (350F) until custard filling is set, about 25 to 30 minutes

This and other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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