Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

This is my dad’s favorite pie, maybe I should say one of my dad’s favorite pies. I think chocolate pie would rank high on the list also.  The filling for this pie is easy to make and has a rich caramel flavor and raisins, lots of raisins.

1 pastry for 9″ deep dish double crust pie
4 cups raisins
4 cups water
1 cup brown sugar
5 Tbl cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbl butter
1 tsp vanilla

Combine raisins and water in saucepan, bring to boil and cook for 5 minutes.  Blend brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt together, slowly stir into hot raisins.  Cook and stir until thick and syrup is clear.  Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice, butter, and vanilla.  Cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 425°.  Line 9″ deep dish pie plate with bottom pastry.  Pour raisin filling into pastry.  Cover with top crust, seal, and cut a couple slits to vent.  Bake 30-35 minutes, cover with foil if necessary during baking if crust gets too brown.  Cool before serving.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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32 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Raisin Pie”

  1. Ooh, raisin pie! My mom used to make it when I was a kid! Sort of a lost favorite. Thanks for bringing it back.

  2. Making this for a older co-worker who’s mother made this for him many years back .he is always asking me if I can make it for him [ I love to bake] found your recipe so today am making him your pie for a SURPRISE !!!! Hope to bring a big smile to his heart when I give it to him !!!

  3. I would like to know what kind of raisins you use. They are so much kind of raisins that we are confused when it’s time to choose the right kind. Do you have a favorite kind of raisins to make your pies!! Thank you so much!! XXXX

    1. I just use regular raisins for my raisin pie…like Sun-Maid brand, or even a store brand. Hope that helps. Thanks for visiting my site. Happy Baking!

    2. The golden raisens are marvelous as well! Alot softer chew. Thank you Kristen for bringing back old time favorites with memories.Awesome ple!

  4. Thank you so so much for you sharing.ive been looking for a raisin pie recipe for long time … Well I found it ..on your site ..thank you again so much …Tammy Goodchild

  5. I am 69 years old and I remember my Mom making raisin pie. It was a family favorite. I know it sounds morbid, but she use to call it “Funeral Pie.” When you attended a funeral in those days everybody brought pot luck and there was always a raisin pie served. Thanks for the memories.

  6. I also remember this pie being called Funeral Pie. I have a recipe and I tried it and it wasn’t the same as I remembered so your recipe looks so much better I will be trying this next. Thanks so much.

    1. The pie can stay at room temperature for a few hours, but I would definitely store it in the refrigerator to help it last longer.
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  7. I have a client who told me his favorite pie is raisin pie it’s been over 20 yrs since he has had it. Making this for him as we speak for a Christmas treat. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. My husband who is 79 told me this was his Grandmother’s pie recipe. So I’ll be making it for him very soon. Thank you for sharing your Family’s recipe.

  9. This recipe brings back lovely memories and was a favourite of mine all my life. I just don’t see it often enough now but every once in awhile I think about it and mean to make one, but that hasn’t happened for a long time. You just made me realize that I should not put it off any longer.

  10. My grandmother made raisin pie for the holidays. She topped hers with meringue. Mom’s favorite. I will make this for her. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I found this a few years back and made it for my husbands Papa as a surprise. I make him 2 every six months now and he brags on how good they are. He remembers them from when he was a kid. Thanks for letting me bring back good memories for him!

  12. This is my husband’s favorite pie also. When we first met I was going to school to become a pastry chef. I asked him what his favorite bakery item was and he said raisin pie. I made him one and that did it! He was hooked, almost 25 years together now. Making this one for him today.

  13. The pie is fantastic. I brought it to a dessert exchange and it was well received. One thing I did differently – I added a Sugar Plum teabag to the raisin water to infuse an extra bit of flavor. I used to work as a baker and we macerated our raisins in apricot tea to plump and flavor them. I use Sugar Plum tea when I prep my raisins for Stollen, so did the same for the pie.

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