The Request: This search is for my friend and third grade teacher, Wava, who will soon celebrate her 90th birthday. She remembers her mother making Vinegar Pie when she was a small girl and Wava’s grandmother made Vinegar Pie as a Kansas Pioneer, while living in a sod house in Western Kansas. Vinegar Pie was a pie that pioneers made in the winter when the dried fruits had been depleted. This vinegar Pie recipe is very basic (the instructions are a bit vague) and probably more like what the pioneers made when supplies were low. The pie is suppose to have a rather fruity flavor.
If you want to learn more about Kansas’ pioneer women, an excellent book to read is “Pioneer Women : Voices from the Kansas Frontier,” written by Joanna Stratton.
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon flour, heaping
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold water
1 Tablespoon Sharp Vinegar.
a little nutmeg
2 unbaked pie crusts
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Beat the egg, flour and sugar together and add the Tablespoon of sharp vinegar and a cup of cold water.
Flavor with a little nutmeg and pour into an unbaked pie shell.
Cover with second pie crust and flute edges.
Bake for an hour.