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Vinegar Pie Recipe

Do you remember reading about vinegar pie in Little House in the Big Woods? Ma made vinegar pies for special occasions like Christmas.

It's a simple recipe. Even better, vinegar pie uses only a handful of ingredients. Pioneers (and those with limited pantries because of COVID-19) likely would have had these ingredients on hand.
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Don't let the name of the pie fool you. The vinegar enhances the flavor of the pie in the same way vanilla brings out the flavor of cookies and cakes today. When my family tried vinegar pie, my son loved it. (And in all honesty, one daughter wasn't a fan.)

Vinegar Pie Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup water
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
pie pastry, prepared

What to do:
1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
2. Line the bottom of a pie pan with the pie crust. Crimp the edges.
3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well.
4. Stir in the water, eggs, butter, and vinegar. Mix well.
5. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 35-40 minutes. 
6. Serve at room temperature.

If you want to try vinegar pie but hate to make pie crust and but still want to make it yourself, you might want to try this pat-in-the-pan pie crust. (I used it when I made the vinegar pie pictured above. It's not pretty, but it works!) And if you want to try your own traditional pie crust, try these instructions for pie crust for beginners. I hope they help!

I already mentioned Ma made vinegar pie in Little House in the Big Woods. How many other Little House books do the Ingalls or Wilders enjoy vinegar pie? Leave me a comment listing the titles! Find more Little House fun and recipes in the menu tab (at the top of this blog) called "Live Like Laura."

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 Happy Trails!
 ~ Annette 

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