Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

September 2018

Apple Pie with Rose Water

3 cups peeled sliced tart apples* 2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup maple or white sugar Dash salt
1 tablespoon corn starch Dash nutmeg
1 tablespoon rose water* diluted in 2 tablespoons water 2-layer pie crust, 9” (unbaked)

Slice apples into mixing bowl and add butter, sugar, salt and corn starch. Add a dash of nutmeg and a tablespoon of rose water to two tablespoons of water and add to mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly so that the rose water will be distributed evenly. Add to pie shell and cover with crust. Slash top crust with knife to make small vents for steam to escape. Flute or crimp the edges well to keep juice from escaping. Bake at 425 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Turn oven to 350 degrees and cook 45 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned. Serves 6.

Today’s cooks may prefer to use a bit more sugar and a bit less rose water, but we have given the recipe just as Eldress Bertha prepared it. During the 1980’s, it was our great privilege to be invited many times to dinner in the basement of the Trustee’s Office, where Eldress Bertha herself cooked and served the meal—often including her popular Apple Pie with Rose Water.

  • Tart Apples: Granny Smith, McIntosh, Braeburn, Empire, Cortland are all good choices and available in the fall.
  • Rose Water: Still produced by the United Society of Shakers in Sabbathday Lake, Maine.

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