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Sister Lizzie’s Shaker Sugar Pie (VRP 003)

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Sister Lizzie’s Shaker Sugar Pie

Sister Lizzie's Shaker Sugar Pie

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Information from a blog covering Warren County Ohio:

Sister Lizzie hailed from the Kentucky Shaker community known as South Union and Ohio Lemon Pie came from North Union the Shaker community near Cleveland. 

The Shakers had to feed a lot of people good wholesome food so they could work hard on their farms.

They wasted nothing and so made sure the food was tasty so it would all be eaten.

More information from The Food Dictator:

A recipe for Sister Lizzie’s Sugar Pie appears in The Best of Shaker Cooking by Amy Bess Williams Miller and Persis Wellington Fuller.

The historian at Shaker Hill is unfamiliar with the pie among the foodways of the Western community, of which the short-lived Indiana community (1810-1827) was a part.

She doubts that its origins lie in the western community.

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Sister Lizzie’s Shaker Sugar Pie Recipe

Sister Lizzies Shaker Sugar Pie

Sister Lizzie's Shaker Sugar Pie

Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • unbaked pie shell
  • 1 cup brown sugar (optional to use white)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cup light cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Mix flour and sugar
  2. Pour into unbaked pie shell
  3. Mix cream, vanilla, and butter in small pieces and pour over sugar mixture
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes or until sets like custard
  6. Stand 1/2 - 1 hour before serving
Resources:
  • Historic Warren County Ohio – http://historicwarrencountyohio.blogspot.com/2012/06/shaker-pies.html
  • The Food Dictator – http://www.thefooddictator.com/the-hirshon-hoosier-sugar-cream-pie/

Sister Lizzie’s Shaker Sugar Pie

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Janet Wolf

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

My Grandmother made Sugar Pie every year at thanksgiving and Christmas. We always thought it was her invention! Much later after her passing I did some research and found out it was a Shaker recipe. My great grandfather's (her father)family was from Ohio so this makes sense. I also have a Canadian friend who makes Butter Tarts which are very similar. I was great to see your handwritten recipe, very similar to the handwritten one from my grandmother.

Billie Hillier at Vintage Recipe Project

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

We are so happy you stopped by the site and found this recipe.

Jerry Forwood

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

My first piece of Sister Lizzie's sugar cream pie was enjoyed at the Golden Lamb Restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio. Over 50 years ago.

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