4th of July pie

I have fond memories of this pie even though somehow I am unable to adequately reproduce it. My eldest grandniece was just old enough to be enthusiastically begging me for more the first time I made it and I cherish a sweet memory of her pleading with her mother for another piece with me gleefully telling my niece ‘yes, yes of course you can have more’ while her mother gave me the evil eye.

My punishment is that I have been unable to recreate it despite following the recipe exactly. The batter or filling or binder or whatever it is, just does not coalesce. It looked fine when it was baked and it tasted delicious but remained liquid-y when I sliced it. I solved that by putting a dollop of strawberry ice cream on each piece so no one really knew what the hell they were eating.