Old-Fashioned Raisin Pie

Updated on January 3, 2020
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Old-Fashioned Raisin Pie Recipe
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A Vintage Recipe for Old-Fashioned Raisin Pie

This handwritten recipe was handed down to me by my great-aunt Susy. On the front of the recipe is written, "Old Fashioned Pie." On the back of the recipe, the words are "Raisin Pie." This pie is known by both names. In fact, this pie has many names. The Amish call it funeral pie because it can be prepared ahead of time and keeps well for a few days.

This is a vintage recipe from my Aunt Susy's collection, and its origins are unknown. The handwritten version is mainly a list of ingredients. After the list of ingredients are the words: "Boil 3 min." Below that is written: "Makes 9-inch pie."

This is an easy pie recipe with many possible variations, but it's rarely seen these days. It's very likely that you already have the ingredients on hand, and many of the ingredients can be substituted, making this a frugal recipe. If you make it for a gathering, it is unlikely to have competition from other pies and is sure to bring you plenty of rave reviews.

It is likely that your grandmother used to make an old-fashioned pie. It's very delicious, so why not bake one of these old-fashioned raisin pies today?

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves eight people


  • 2 cups light or dark raisins, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 9-inch pie crusts


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, and allow it to boil for three minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Pour the filling into a 9" pie crust. Cover the filling with another crust or with a woven lattice.
  6. Bake the pie for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

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How to Make a Pie Crust

Here are simple instructions for making a homemade pie crust. Your pie will have a top crust, so you will need to make two of these. The chef below makes it look so easy! The key is to keep the butter cold and not to let it get too soft.

Of course, you could also use a ready-made pie crust. However, why would you do that when a homemade pie crust is this simple to make? Why not give it a try? You can always have a Pillsbury crust on hand in case of an emergency.

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How to Weave a Lattice Top

Here are two easy ways to give your pie a lattice top. This demonstration uses a ready-made pie crust, but you could do the same thing with your homemade crust.

Enjoy Your Raisin Pie!

Do you or someone you know make old-fashioned raisin pie? What are your special memories of this pie? Do you have a different favorite pie? Please share your memories with us!

Questions & Answers

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      • delia-delia profile image


        7 years ago

        I never have tasted a Raisin Pie and the only place I ever saw one was on the Sun Maid Raisin website. You'd think I would have known... Guess the SunMaid gal doesn't know everything about raisins ;-) I will make this for sure.

      • happymonkeyz profile image


        7 years ago

        love raisin pie. thanks for the how to videos.

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        Meredith Davies 

        7 years ago

        I have seen a recipe before similar but never made it.I love raisins and I now am determined to give yours a try. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this with us.

      • hntrssthmpsn profile image


        7 years ago

        I've only had this pie once (and it was called Raisin Pie by the baker in question!) and I *loved* it! Having never encountered it elsewhere, I half-forgot it after assuming that it was the creation of the baker, an old friend with whom I've lost touch. Thanks for reminding me about this! It's a unique and tasty pie, and we're a pie-lovin' household.

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        Karen Kolavalli 

        7 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

        First I've ever heard the expression "funeral pie"! Raisin Pie was probably my least favorite as a kid, but it's a favorite now (with vanilla ice cream). I like to try out old-fashioned pie recipes--so I've tried vinegar pie (my Dad supervised--said his Mom used to make it when he was a kid), chess pie, buttermilk pie, and something called osgood pie, which is sort of a buttermilk pie with nuts and raisins. I think it's a Texas recipe. I enjoyed your lens!

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        7 years ago from Canada

        Oh I so do love fresh baked pie and this lens brought back so very many memories. I think the last time that I had raisin pie was my mom's when I was a kid. Hot from the oven and slathered in ice cream. Oh so heavenly.

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        Country Sunshine 

        8 years ago from Texas

        Interesting! I'm not certain if I'd like this type of pie or not!

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        8 years ago from Canada

        Oh my gosh but I have been on a pie quest for awhile and yours is the first recipe I found that comes with everything included. A square correctly sized image, photo credits, and fantastic display and information. You are indeed a rock star :)

      • GramaBarb profile image


        8 years ago from Vancouver

        Thanks for sharing your "crusty" pie and your great sense of humour. Blessed.

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        8 years ago

        I don't think I'd be a fan of raisin pie, especially the one that uses orange juice. What's the origins of a raisin pie anyway?

      • victorianpassage profile image


        8 years ago

        I'll have to try this recipe soon. Thank you for posting it!

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        8 years ago

        Sounds delicious! Raisin pie was a favorite of my grandfather's -- thanks for bringing this memory alive again. :)

      • JohnMichael2 profile image


        8 years ago

        i'm going to try this - on the horizon is an apple and cranberry pie for the weekend

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        Tony Payne 

        8 years ago from Southampton, UK

        I miss my Mum's pies, she made wonderful pastry. Of course these days pastry is recognised as being so fattening that we don't eat many pies, and we rarely make any. My Mum used to make great pies and cakes. I think for many people their Mum's baking can't be replaced. Nicely done, blessed.

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        MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

        8 years ago from Jersey Shore

        My grandmothers home made apple pie - it was great!

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        8 years ago

        Pie and coffee with grandpa!

      • gottaloveit2 profile image


        8 years ago

        Looks delicious. I'll put this on the docket to try.

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        Peggy Hazelwood 

        8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        I don't care for raisin anything (just plain raisins) but I bet for raisin lovers this pie is delicious!

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        8 years ago

        You sure brought back memories, as I haven't had Raisin Pie since I was a kid and my mom baked it on occasion.

      • ChrissLJ profile image


        8 years ago

        We used to make one of these for my Grandpa every year for his birthday. It was his absolute favorite dessert, and Grandma refused to make them... or let him bake. They bring back fond memories. He was one of my most favorite people growing up.

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        8 years ago

        I have never heard of raisen pie. Looks great and easy though. Blessed.

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        Coreena Jolene 

        8 years ago

        It seems they were popular back when my grandmother was a child. She found out she was allergic to raisins and told a story about it. So I never got to taste raisin pie.

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        8 years ago

        I haven't had old fashioned raisin pie for years, I know my Grandma use to make it and would have it sometimes when we visited. I'd say that blueberry pie from wild blueberries where I grew up has to be my favorite pie and I remember the anticipation of that first pie Mom would make on the long trek up and down the blueberry hill...I think it seemed longer because of the pie dreams. I've actually never made my own crust and your chef did make it seem so very easy, I've always loved the lattice crust, its extra special to the eye and to the taste. Deliciously done!

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        rewards4life info 

        8 years ago

        Well, I love raisins and I love pies. Combine those two together and I probably wouldn't even wait till the pie cools down. Yummtasic recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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        8 years ago

        Old fashioned always seem to taste better. Nice Lens.

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        jseven lm 

        8 years ago

        My dad liked this kind of pie and you did a great job making this easy to follow and good looking, blessed!

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        8 years ago

        I enjoyed reading the recipe. Will try to do for my kids

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        Mary Beth Granger 

        8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

        Happy Thanksgiving! blessed

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        Sandy Mertens 

        8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        Yummy! Thanks for adding this to my Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection lens.

      • fionajean profile image


        8 years ago from South Africa

        Great lens - I'm tempted to try to make a pie - blessed

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        8 years ago

        Awesome,tasty lens! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel-Have a great day!

      • mercin12 profile image


        8 years ago

        I loved mixed fruit pies, especially in early fall when many options are available.

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        8 years ago

        my wife makes homemade crust and boy does it taste great, love this time of year, thank you for your lens.

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        8 years ago

        my mom used to make it and called it a raisin pie.

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        Barbara Walton 

        8 years ago from France

        This is a bit like a pie of my childhood made with currants and not raisins - we called it 'fly pie'. Blessed

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        lasertek lm 

        8 years ago

        My mother used to make this pie.

      • traveller27 profile image


        8 years ago

        My grandmother used to make raisin pie, but my favorites are apple and coconut.

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        8 years ago

        I have heard of lots of pies, but never a raisin pie. Guess I was deprived LOL!! I think my hubby would love this pie!

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        Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

        8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        YUM! I have always loved Raisin pie, but nobody else in my family likes it, so I rarely ever get any. I'll have to pay you a visit I guess! LOL! This is a wonderful recipe, and I may just go ahead and make one all for myself! Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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        Diane Cass 

        8 years ago from New York

        I've only known raisin pies as "Black Bottom" pie. The raisin filling is on the bottom, and a sour cream layer is on top. I think it is also known as "Black & White" pie. Great lens. I need to do some videos for some of my recipes.

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        Virginia Allain 

        8 years ago from Central Florida

        You never could tell how my mom's baking would turn out. With 6 kids, she was a distracted cook. We ate them anyway. My favorite part, was the leftover pie crust. She would cut it in strips, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, bake them and we got to eat them.


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