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Old-Fashioned Raisin Pie

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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.

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

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

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.

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!

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