Heirloom Raisin Pie (Grandmother Zonie Bell's)
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- 1 c
- granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp
- ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp
- ground cloves (mama has an allergy to this lately and substitutes ground allspice, but it's still wonderful.)
- egg yolks. beaten (reserve whites to add later)
- 1 Tbsp
- vinegar, white or apple cider (like most heirloom recipes, use what you have; mama made it with apple cider vinegar when she had it and white when she didn't; grandmother just had white vinegar.)
- 2 Tbsp
- oleo (i use butter.)
- 1 tsp
- 1/2 c
- raisins cut in two (i use golden raisins; they are milder in taste, but it's great either way.)
- reserved egg whites
- unbaked pie shell, 9 inch
1Add spices to sugar. Stir. Separate eggs and then add them to the sugar mixture. Also, add vinegar, butter, and vanilla. Mix. Add raisins. Mix.
2Beat egg whites till stiff but not hard and add (gently fold BY HAND into) to mixture just before putting into the oven. (If you overwork this, the egg whites won't rise to the top, so fold gently, but still combine it.) Pour into crust. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. It makes one pie.
3Prepare to be dazzled by the yummy pie and the delicious crunchy topping. I have never had anything even remotely like this pie. It is so good.
Note: I have no idea when my grandmother received this recipe, but it's an old one. She lived from 1892 - 1965.