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the simplicity of Mile High Raspberry Pie

By Michelle Lehnardt

After spying this tempting pie on Instagram, I begged my friend for the recipe. But when she sent the list of ingredients over, I thought, “This can’t possibly be right! It needs something else– cream of tartar or gelatin, more cream.”

My sister had the same reaction, “Are you sure this will work?”

But it does! Place raspberries, sugar, two egg whites in the bottom of the mixing bowl, add time and soon you’ll have a magnificent raspberry fluff. Well, OK, there are a few more steps…but this is a great time of year for Mile High Raspberry Pie.  Perhaps a better example is my famous hot fudge sauce: boil heavy cream, add brown sugar then melt in chocolate (chips or chopped bittersweet). Every time I share this recipe, I get an argument, “But what are the exact amounts? (start with one cup of each)” “But it needs sweetened condensed milk.” “What about cornstarch?” Most people won’t ever try the recipe because it seems too basic. But magnificent fudge sauce doesn’t need anything more, if you’re brave enough to try the simple combination of cream, sugar and chocolate you’ll find it works every time.

The basics of the gospel are the same, pray, study the scriptures, partake of the Atonement, seek the Spirit, serve others, add time. Over and over we repeat the same Sunday School answers, but the recipe seems almost too simple to believe.

Many times, in the midst of a struggle I find myself searching for a secret ingredient, a special way of mixing to solve my problems. But if I’m honest with myself, I usually find I’m neglecting one of the basics.

Forgive me, my analogy falls apart pretty quickly upon examination. But the central truth holds firm: seek simplicity, seek God, add time.


How has your life been blessed by simplicity?

About Michelle Lehnardt

(Blog Team) I'm the kind of mom who drives through mud puddles, throws pumpkins off the roof and lets the kids move the ping-pong table into the kitchen for the summer. Despite (or probably, because of) my immaturity, my five sons and one daughter are happy, thriving, funny people. I'll climb a mountain with you, jump into a freezing lake hand-in-hand or just sit with you while you cry. I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ will heal the earth. Founder of buildyourteenager.com, scenesfromthewild.net and rubygirl.org.

13 thoughts on “the simplicity of Mile High Raspberry Pie”

  1. Hi, new to this blog. Glad to be here. I was so caught up in that beautiful picture of the dessert, I didn't expect the analogy…but it is a very good one!!

  2. I want to make mile high pie and pour fudge sauce on it.

    And I don't see the analogy falling down. I think it's amazingly true. Thank you.

  3. Amen! I have a friend who is continually complicating the recipe. Last month she wanted it gluten free, this month she's adding essential oils. It's like she's sure life has got to be different than difficulty and hard work so she's looking for a trick or secret code. I believe God wouldn't keep the answer a secret, he gives it freely. Although it does take effort to use what he's given us. (I am not saying gluten free and essential oils aren't great, but they won't save your soul or result in translation = the end of difficult days.)

  4. How could anyone not believe that melting chocolate into cream and sugar would yield pure deliciousness? Why *would* you complicate it with anything else?

  5. So true. I was reading comments on some NY Times article about Mormons and so many talked about how secretive we supposedly are.

    But really we just ask people to repent, actually keep commandments and endure in faith to the end. They all get caught up in some tangential story about seer stones or the garden of Eden being in Missouri, as if those things were part of our faith in Christ.

    The simplicity of the gospel shines brighter each year for me.

    Thanks for this profound piece.


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