I made this one for my book club meeting last night. We’re supposed to make a food that relates to the book in some way, but by the time I remembered about the food part, I’d already returned the book to the library, and had no idea what those people were eating. So, pie it was!
The book was March by Geraldine Brooks, which is a “companion” book to Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I remembered this scene from Little Women in which Amy steals some limes, or has some stolen from her, or something, so I thought I’d make a key-lime pie. But while looking for a lime-based recipe, I found this one instead, for Molasses Lemon Pie.
The bottom is a regular pie crust, and the filling is molasses and lemon (duh). The lattice top is actually cookie dough.
The recipe described this one as being very unusual, and so it was. The taste is quite different than any other pie I’ve ever had, and the cookie topping is definitely unique. So the first few bites are a little odd, but once you get used to it…yum. Despite all the molasses in there, it isn’t as sweet as you might think, and the hint of lemon adds just the perfect amount of tartness. The cookie dough was a little tough to work with (hence the poor lattice work — eventually I just laid some pieces on top of each other), but the pastry went fairly well.
The pie was a big hit at book club and I’d definitely make this one again.
I’m not going to post the recipe today, and in fact, I’ve removed the other two I posted, because I’m worried about copyright and stuff like that. Plus, I love Edna Staebler and don’t want to steal any of her royalties by providing an online database of her work.
But if you do want to make this lovely, just drop me an email and I’ll send it to you personally.
In the meantime, I skipped breakfast, so doesn’t that entitle me to some tea and pie for a mid-morning break? I believe so!
3 thoughts on “Molasses Lemon Pie”
Too funny! We’re reading March for my book club next month. (March in March!)
The title of the pie sounded just weird to me at first, but after your description I’m intrigued. I think my mom might have that Edna Staebler cook book–and if not, I may go and get myself a copy.
Ha ha, I love your circuitous route from March to the Molasses Lemon pie. You are a master rationalizer. Really
I believe so too!
What a strange pie, I would never dream to put molasses and lemon together but I trust you that it’s got to be good because I think you tend to score your pies on the low side!
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