Heirloom Raisin Pie (grandmother Zonie Bell's) Recipe

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Heirloom Raisin Pie (Grandmother Zonie Bell's)

Kathleen Hagood


Stop! Please don't dismiss this recipe because you don't like raisin pie. Many people told my mother that they like this pie even though they hate raisin pie. It and mincemeat were my father's and my own favorites when I was growing up. With Father's Day coming up, this pie came to mind. This was always on the pie menu, but especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving. The egg whites rise to the top and make a wonderfully sweet, cinnamon-y, crunchy topping. I used to get into trouble for picking off pieces of this top instead of cutting a piece of it. :) Silly me! The whole pie is delicious!

★★★★☆ 3 votes
15 Min
30 Min


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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom