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Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

Updated on September 5, 2014

A Vintage Recipe for Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

This handwritten recipe for Old Fashioned Raisin Pie was handed down to me from my great-aunt Susy. On the front of the recipe is written Old Fashioned Pie. On the back of the recipe, the scribe has written the words Raisin Pie. This pie is known by both names.

This pie has many names, in fact. The Amish call it funeral pie, because it can be prepared ahead of time and keeps well for a few days.

This is an easy pie recipe and an economical one with many variations, but one that is rarely seen these days. If you make it for your gathering, it is unlikely to have competition from other similar pies, and is sure to bring you plenty of rave reviews.

It can be made with ingredients most of us already have on hand. Many of the ingredients can be substituted for by whatever you have on hand, which makes this a frugal recipe.

This is a vintage recipe from my Aunt Susy's collection, and the origins of this recipe are unknown. It is likely that your grandmother used to make old fashioned pie. It is very delicious, so why not bake one of these old fashioned raisin pies today?

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Old Fashioned Raisin Pie Recipe - Ingredients for Old Fashioned Pie

This Old Fashioned Pie recipe is easy, and the handwritten version that is from Aunt Susy is mainly a list of ingredients. After the list of ingredients are the words, "Boil 3 min." Then below that is written, "Makes 9-inch pie."

  • Rinse 2 cups Light or Dark Raisins
  • Combine with 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

Raisins for Old Fashioned Pie
Raisins for Old Fashioned Pie

Instructions for Old Fashioned Pie

Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat to boiling. Allow to boil for three minutes. Remove from heat.

Pour filling into a 9-inch pie crust. Cover with another crust or with lattice.

Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Another Version of Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

This video shows how to make an Old Fashioned Raisin Pie using orange juice and a bit of orange rind.

Not What You Were Looking For? - More Recipes for Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

If Aunt Susy's recipe is not the one you were looking for, maybe you will find your favorite old fashioned pie recipe here.

Old Fashioned Raisin Pie Poll

People call this pie by different names. Some call it Old Fashioned Pie and others call it Raisin Pie. I have even seen "Old Fashioned Raisin Pie." Let's see which is the most popular!

What do you call this pie?

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How to Make a Pie Crust - For Your Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

Here are simple instructions for making a homemade pie crust for your Old Fashioned Pie. Remember, your pie will have a top crust, so you will need to make two of these.

This chef makes it look so easy! The key is to keep the butter cold and do not let it get too soft.

Of course, you could also use a ready-made pie crust; but, why do that when the homemade pie crust is this simple?

Why not give it a try? You can always have a Pillsbury crust on hand in case of emergency.

Another Old Fashioned Raisin Pie Poll

A rolling pin for rolling out crust for Old Fashioned Pie.
A rolling pin for rolling out crust for Old Fashioned Pie.

Do you make homemade pie crust or use a store-bought crust?

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How to Give Your Old Fashioned Raisin Pie a Lattice Top

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

Another Way to Make Lattice for Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

There is one more way to make a lattice top for your Old Fashioned or Raisin Pie, and that is with a lattice cutter. There are many options to choose from. Some have cute designs that are sure to attract the attention.

Whichever way you choose to make a lattice top, you are sure to garner the admiration of your friends and loved ones with your attractive Old Fashioned 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!

© 2011 Frischy

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      Delia 4 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.

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      happymonkeyz 4 years ago

      love raisin pie. thanks for the how to videos.

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      Meredith Davies 4 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.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 :)

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

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

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      jimmyworldstar 6 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?

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      victorianpassage 6 years ago

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

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      quickmealhelp 6 years ago

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

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      JohnMichael2 6 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 6 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' 6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      My grandmothers home made apple pie - it was great!

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      Pie and coffee with grandpa!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

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

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 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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      Ruthi 6 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.

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      ChrissLJ 6 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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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

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

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      Coreena Jolene 6 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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      anonymous 6 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 6 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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      Hrsshoe 6 years ago

      Old fashioned always seem to taste better. Nice Lens.

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      jseven lm 6 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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      tinaanne 6 years ago

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

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Happy Thanksgiving! blessed

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

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

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      Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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

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      mercin12 6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 6 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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      poutine 6 years ago

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

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      Barbara Walton 6 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 6 years ago

      My mother used to make this pie.

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      traveller27 6 years ago

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

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      savenlives 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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.