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On our last trip to the country, my best buddy Lynn and and I went berry picking.  Of course, Lena Mae, women’s best friend, had to go along, too.  The wild blackberries and raspberries are absolutely glorious and bountiful this year and Lynn had already filled the freezer with bags of them.  The blackberries are bigger than usual and the raspberries tiny, but sweet as sugar.  Lena Mae can pick them right off the bush and often finishes a pick with her head and nozzle covered in berry juice.  We picked enough to make some mixed berry jam along with a cobbler and we still have a freezer-full waiting to be turned into Wild Berry Liqueur.

 

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More than a few years ago when we had our bakery, MOM, I tried about every combination of flavors I could imagine in both savory and sweet pies.  One of the pies that I could never master was from a Shaker cookbook culled from recipes devised in the Shaker colonies in America in the 1800s.  It is a very, very simple pie, but difficult to make without pristine, exceedingly thin-skinned lemons.  In those days I could never find lemons that would do the trick.
Last week, my generous friend, Linda Vaughan, gave me a bag of beautiful Meyer lemons that a friend had sent her from California.  They were, I thought, the perfect specimens to make that longed for pie.  And, in fact, they were as the photo shows.  Here’s the recipe should you find a generous friend or be lucky enough to live somewhere in Meyer lemon territory.  You can make your own pastry, buy refrigerated commercial pie pastry, or use my recipe that, I believe, you will find under an earlier chicken pie posting.
The filling is, surprisingly, quite sweet so I served the pie with dollop of thick 
Greek-style yogurt.

3 to 4 very thin skinned, organic lemons, well-washed and dried
    2 ½ cups sugar, super fine is best, but regular granulated will do just fine
    6 eggs
    One 9-inch unbaked pie or tart shell
    Using either a mandoline, Japanese vegetable slicer, or a very sharp knife, slice the lemons, crosswise, paper thin.
    Place the lemons in a shallow bowl and cover with the sugar.  Toss to blend.  Cover with plastic film and refrigerate for 12 hours.
    Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    Place the eggs in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy.  Add the marinated lemons along with the sugar and stir to blend.  Scrape into the pie (or tart) shell, and gently smooth the top, making sure that some lemon slices are evident.
    Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set.
    Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool before serving.

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I was so busy at my desk all summer that I didn’t get as much time in the country as I would like.  Normally my desk has an empty chair sitting in front of it during those balmy months when the garden and woods call.  But, while I was toiling at the desk, my best buddy Lynn and my trusty dog pal, Lena Mae, were making sure that I had plenty to do when I moved from the desk to the stove.  They picked so many wild berries (on top of those that they ate) that there was no freezer space left, so this past weekend we emptied the freezers and made 36 jars of wild black and red raspberry jam and a most delicious and burstingly-full wild red raspberry pie.  You can find the recipe for the pastry under an earlier lemon meringue pie post – the filling was simply lots of wild berries, a touch of sugar (we like to really taste the berries), a touch of lemon, and about ¼ cup of tapioca.

 

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