Vinegar Pie

Vinegar Pie

Vinegar Pie, an up-to-date recipe that still stays true to its roots. The basic ingredients are all there but with a few little optional extras for even better flavour!
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 398 kcal


For the Pastry

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (for flakier pastry) or just use extra butter
  • 1/4 cup ice water or a little more
  • 1 tbsp vinegar mixed with the water

For the filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup golden yellow or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup raisins optional
US Customary - Metric


To prepare the pastry

  1. Using a food processor or a pastry blender cut cold butter into flour and salt until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Small pea sized pieces of butter should still be visible.
  2. Pour cold water over the mixture and work in by tossing with a fork until dough begins to form. Use your hands as little as possible and working the dough as little as possible, form into a ball.
  3. Flatten the dough into a circle about an inch thick, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  4. You can make your dough the previous day but make sure you take it out of the fridge for 10 -20 minutes to warm slightly before rolling out.
  5. Roll the dough into a 12-13 inch round and place in the bottom of a 9 1/2 inch pie plate.
  6. Trim and flute the edges as desired.
  7. Chill the pie crust until ready to use or at least 5-20 minutes.

To prepare the pie filling.

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F while preparing the filling.
  2. Whisk together all of the ingredients in the filling, except the raisins, until the sugars are almost completely dissolved.
  3. If using raisins, sprinkle them evenly over the bottom of the prepared pie shell.
  4. Pour the filling mixture slowly and evenly all over the surface of the raisins. If you pour it all in quickly, in one spot, the raisins will all be pushed to the outer edges.

  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 degrees F for another 10-15 minutes or until the top of the pie is evenly browned. The pie should be set wobble at the centre like jelly before it leaves the oven.
  6. Cool on a wire rack. Can be served at room temperature when it cools or refrigerate until cold.
  7. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you like.
  8. Any leftover will keep in the fridge for a few days.

Recipe Notes

Note, this recipe can be made with as few as 5 ingredients. The spices, raisins and vanilla extract are completely optional and meant to make a good thing even better. You can even use plain white vinegar if you like. Please feel free to try the recipe without the optional ingredients if you like, for a taste of what is a recipe well over a century old at least.

The pastry recipe here, is sufficient to give the pie a thicker than usual crust. I find this very helpful when baking pies like this with wet fillings (such as a pecan pie or pumpkin pie) An initial blast of heat at the bottom of the pan as instructed, with the oven rack on second lowest level, ensures that your pie will not get a soggy bottom.

Be sure the oven is fully preheated and the crust is well chilled, this also helps a lot. Do not take the chilled pie crust out of the fridge until it is time to fill the pie and then get it into the oven as quickly as possible.

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
Vinegar Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Potassium 127mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 25g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 8.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.