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Vinegar Pie Sounds Weird but Wow! It's Really Good!

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Vinegar...pie?! I know, I know, it sounds like the wackiest “dessert” idea ever, but in reality it’s a delicious vintage treat! Supposedly even Laura Ingall’s mother made this in Little House in the Big Woods.

This pie is very similar to a sugar pie, with a creamy custard filling baked into a classic pie crust. It’s so easy to make this, so why not give this unique recipe a try?


  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 heaping tablespoons flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple or vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Prepare, bake, and fully cool pie crusts in two pie dishes according to box instructions.
  2. In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil. While you wait, in a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, flour, salt, and vinegar until well-combined.
  3. Once the water has come to a boil, pour in the egg-vinegar mixture, continuing to boil, whisking constantly, until everything starts to thicken up (about 5-10 minutes or so). Mixture is ready when it thickly coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat when thickened.
  4. Stir in the cinnamon and maple/vanilla extract, then pour the mixture through a sieve, then into each pie crust (this will ensure any lumps are removed).
  5. Chill pies in the refrigerator at least 4 hours up to overnight, or until set. Enjoy!

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