January 16, 2017

Old-fashioned raisin pie

Slice of raisin pie on a serving plate.

Old-fashioned raisin pie is a delicious, sticky, and fruity dessert that is perfect for the holidays, or anytime you want a nostalgic dessert. 

Raisin pie is something that I never had before until my father-in-law asked for it for a birthday dessert several years ago. Once I had it, I was pleasantly surprised on how delicious it is. It reminds me a bit of mincement or other Christmas time desserts made with dried fruits and spices.

We are always trying all sorts of pies in our house. We all have our favorites, but we also love trying out different ones. Anytime I see an old-fashioned pie recipe, I add it to my list to try out.

When I make pies, I like to make a homemade pie crust. I generally use my favorite which is one made with all butter and a mix of water and vodka. I detail the recipe and steps in this post for apple crumb pie

Raisin pie requires a double crust, so you need to double the recipe as that one if for a single pie crust.

Side view of a slice of raisin pie.

I love the flakiness of this crust and all the layers that occur. Plus it has a delicious butter flavor. As always though, store bought crust works fine and is great if that is what you would rather use.

This pie crust has an egg wash on top to make it extra golden. You can skip it if you don't want to use eggs. The crust will still bake up nicely without the addition of an egg wash. 

I've only made this pie with black raisins, but golden raisins would be nice to try. The raisins are plump and juicy in the filling. I love the touch of cinnamon in this pie filling. It adds a nice warmth and flavor.  I think a touch of nutmeg or ginger would also work well with the sweet and sticky raisins.

Give this pie a try for the holidays or anytime you want a unique dessert! It's perfect for all year round since it uses a dried fruit that is readily available all times of the year.

Slice of raisin pie and a pie in the background.

Yield: 8 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Raisin Pie

Raisin Pie

Old-fashioned raisin pie is a delicious, sticky, and fruity dessert that is perfect for the holidays, or anytime you want a nostalgic dessert.


  • double recipe for your favorite pie crust
  • 2 cups seedless black raisins
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 egg


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the raisins through salt. Heat over medium heat and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, and butter. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll and fit the bottom pie crust to a 9-inch pie pan. Pour the raisin filling in and spread evenly. Top with the other pie crust. Crimp the edges together and remove excess overhang. Fit to the dish.
  4. Cut a few slits in the top of the pie. Beat the egg with a splash of water and brush it on the top of the crust.
  5. Place the pie on a baking sheet in case of any bubbling over. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly.
  6. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
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Raisin pie slice.

Check out these other old-fashioned pie recipes:

Old-fashioned Zucchini Pie 

Old-fashioned Vinegar Pie 

Chocolate Cream Pie 

Old-fashioned Oatmeal Pie  


  1. This is something my husband will love too because he is a loyal fan of raisins!

  2. i've always wanted to try this pie! glad to hear it's a winner.

  3. This sounds like something my FIL would have loved! Bill would probably go running for the hills if I made it for him, LOL!

  4. Oh, I love love raisin pie and yours looks delicious! I haven't had it in ages, but it wouldn't work for my family, esp. Bill. Your lucky FIL, bet he was so happy with this!

  5. Hi Amy, I had a slice of raisin pie once at a pie social and loved it. How sweet of you to make it for your father-in-law.

  6. i haven't seen this before, but i'm sure my grandma has! my feelings about raisins are mixed, but i'd certainly give this a shot. :)

  7. Have never heard of raisin pie! Mincemeat pie which has raisin, but just raisin pie...no. It sure looks good and that crust is really flaky. A belated Happy Birthday to your FIL!

  8. Does this pie need to be refrigerated? I have made this once before but the pie was gobbled up so I never needed to save any. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. I don't usually refrigerate pies unless they have a custard filling with dairy/egg. I'm glad you enjoy this raisin pie!

  9. My mother was a piemaster, and raisin pie was my favorite along with mincemeat. Then came pineapple pie! I am going raisin today with no delay!


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