Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is the Runner-Up recipe for 1986 in the San Francisco Chronicle, by Marion Cunningham. Only three ingredients go into this old-fashioned Shaker dessert: lemon slices — peel and all — sugar and eggs. The filling is more like marmalade than pie filling and may take some getting used to. Serve wedges warm — not hot — or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 large lemons or 3 medium lemons, sliced paper thin, rind and all
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (8 inch) pastry for double-crust pie
  • 4 eggs, beaten


  1. Combine the lemon slices and 1 1/2 cups of the sugar in a bowl; gently toss together so the slices are well coated. Let stand at least 2 hours; longer (even overnight) is better.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Divide the dough in half; roll out one-half and line the pie pan with it.
  4. Stir the beaten eggs into the lemon mixture.
  5. Spread the mixture over the pie dough.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup sugar over the filling.
  7. Roll the remaining dough out and place over the filling.
  8. Crimp the edges and cut vents on top.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes; lower the heat to 375 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes more, until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the center.
Most Helpful

This is a good tart, but I wouldn't call it a pie. Unless you love the taste of lemons be sure to eat it all in the first day, as the lemon flavor really increases with time. I did add an additional egg to this recipe. In the future, it would leave the rind off the lemons and use more lemons. The rind, while thinnly sliced was still a little too woody for me. Maybe grating it next time would be better and then adding that to the rest of the lemon sliced. All and all a good dessert.

kknebraska November 28, 2009

Thanks you for giving me back a lost recipe!!! Marion Cunningham is a wonderful chef and has preserved some many "down-home" American recipes. I have made this recipe many times. As you state overnight is so much better. The flavor, texture, and WOW factor make this recipe a total winner. Blessing you!!! T.J.

davinandkennard September 03, 2007