Do you enjoy pie? My hubby would much rather eat a piece or two of pie than an entire cake. There is something about the crust and filling or artfully piled and swirled meringue that really appeals to him. Hmm, me too. In fact I could go for a piece with my coffee right now. How about you?
Do you have a special flavor that is your favorite? One that you cannot resist or that takes you on a trip down memory lane? On Facebook there is a myriad of tests to determine what color you are, what your hippie name is, and even what kind of dessert you might be. Have you done any of those? Yep, me, too. I don’t know that I would agree with the results, but it is fun.
So, what pie are you? Are you a good old American Apple pie? Do you stand up for what you believe and cannot be swayed? Would you be like Peter and deny Jesus or not be swayed by the crowd? How about a banana one? Does it drive you crazy when someone hits those pet peeves of yours or doesn’t color in the lines? Would you be like the Pharisees and nit pick everything Jesus did, like healing on the Sabbath being a sin? A pecan pie? A bit nutty on top but deep down you are complex. Maybe you are more like a blueberry pie. Do you leave a mark on places, events and people? Is the mark you leave a positive, lasting, and good one? Are you a good role model?
My favorite pie is lemon. Any kind of lemon. Meringue, frozen, Shaker, or Amish, I like the citrusy tart, tangy flavor of lemon. Lemon can keep you on your toes waiting for the pucker and calm you with its cleansing taste. You know what you get with lemon. I love the deep rich yellow gold color, too. Lemon pie reminds me of both grandmothers and my Mother. All three liked lemon pie and made melt in your mouth delicious ones. Maybe you are like a lemon pie and my three matriarchs. Are you the real deal? Do people know that you will keep them on their toes if they start to back slide? Do you calm people in times of trials and distress? Are you good as gold?
Think about what pie you want to be. Will people recognize you as being someone that stands up for convictions? Someone that is a bit bananas or nutty? A role model, or someone that offers spiritual guidance? Whatever you are be a sweetie pie and spread love, grace, joy, and Jesus.
“Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matt. 7:20
Amish Lemon Shoofly Pie
Ingredients for crumbs:
1 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda mixed in
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup shortening or butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and work together like crumbs.
Ingredients for filling:
Zest of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 lemons, strained
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
3/4 cup boiling water
1 unbaked pie shell
Combine all the ingredients together and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle crumbs evenly on top of filling. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
From “Amish Friends Cookbook One” by author Wanda Brunstetter