Marmalady -- cute name -- thanks for the welcome.
No - I do not think it is Middle Eastern,,,,but, a good assumption - with the dates.
My mom was Italian - dad was Irish -- all from Pittsburgh, Pa. Mom just liked to bake and experimented with new recipes.
As I am 59 -- she started to make this pie in the late 50's. Think that was pretty popular then -- those refrigerator (icebox pies) pies, etc.
I certainly hope someone can help me as I've looked long and hard for this one. There's another recipe I will ask ya'll to help me with as well......but, another night and time. Been a long day.
Thanks for welcome.