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The Amish have all sorts of pie confections with odd names: shoofly, whoopie, and Bob Andy to name just a few. But then there’s this one: tears-on-your-pillow. Where the heck did it get it’s name? I’ve never really been able to establish an answer. One theory I’ve read is that the pie can collapse in the oven, because it’s a very thin pie and maybe that gave rise to “tears on the pillow” from an upset Amish housewife trying to make a pie. I’ve made the pie a couple of times. The first time it didn’t really turn out, but I didn’t weep, I just tried again and it came out OK. Here is a photo of how the pie is supposed to look like from one of our recipe-testers and the recipe itself is below. It’s a very thin pie comprised of very basic ingredients, a classic Amish confection.
TEARS ON YOUR PILLOW PIE
1 /3 cup butter, melted
1 1 /2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 /2 cup evaporated milk
1-9 inch unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, flour, and milk until well-blended. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Turn off oven and leave the pie for 1 hour.