I’ve always been on the side of the underdog and I guess that isn’t going to change. Happy Valentines Day, my friend. I have a special tongue-in-cheek treat for you today. Maybe we should say, tongue in pie – wait. No. That is a weird picture in my head. Let’s start again and just say that in honor of Valentine’s Day – where I know some folks end up sitting on the side lines – I have a truly special treat. Did you have a break up recently? Feeling sour over your love life? Think someone is super sweet (not) and want them to have a special treat? I present to you, this very old fashioned pie – Vinegar Pie!
I have to tell you one thing before we open up the express lane. IT IS GOOD! IT IS DELICIOUS!! YOU WON’T EVEN BELIEVE IT IF YOU TASTE IT!! It is kind of like an oddball surprise – but, there it is. Now, I want to tell you all about how I came to make this Vinegar Pie (No, just in case you are wondering. No trouble on the homefront with sweet hubby). It has to do with a Singer/Song Writer who we both LOVE and who we kind of stalked for a while – but in the best possible way, I promise. And it has to do with me feeling terrible for those who are left out on this “LOVEliest” of holidays. I hate for anyone to feel left out. So, we can meet up after the recipe to discuss those issues and to have a little piece of pie.
THE RECIPE FOR VINEGAR PIE
- 1 refrigerated pie crust (the red box one is best)
- ½ Cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 Tbs Flour (all purpose is fine)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 eggs, beaten well
- ¼ Cup melted sweet cream unsalted butter
- 3 Tbs heavy cream
- 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar (you can use white vinegar if that is what you have - any vinegar will work except balsamic)
- Preheat the oven to 350. Place your pie crust into your pie plate and pinch the edges for decoration.
- In a small bowl mix together the sugar, flour and salt with a whisk to remove any possible lumps.
- In a medium bowl, using a whisk (you can use the same one), whisk the three eggs until they are a homogenous color or till you would say they are well beaten. Then add the melted butter and the milk. If the butter is still hot from melting add it slowly while you stir everything else - else wise, your butter will cook your eggs - ew.
- Pour your small bowl content (sugar mix) into your medium bowl and mix together well with a large wooden spoon. Mix until is is thick and smooth.
- Pour this mixture into your prepared pie crust and bake on the bottom rack of your oven for 30 minutes. Half way through baking, turn the pie half way around to even brown the top. The pie is done with the pie is a little puffy and wiggles only a little when you gently shake the pan. In my oven, this was about 35 minutes - in your oven, it could take 45. Start checking at 30 minutes.
- Cool the pie well before serving - you want it to be room temp.
THE PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS FOR VINEGAR PIE
THE INSPIRATION FOR VINEGAR PIE
Here is what inspired me to make this pie for a tongue in cheek Valentines Day Recipe. These lyrics right here…..
“You are as sweet as vinegar pie.
You’re as salty as a dripping August night.
You always want to make me apologize
There you go. If you are feeling jaded and jankey on this Valentine’s Day, I hope you will go check out some Laura Blackley. She is awesome and almost entirely unknown and the most clever songwriter you will ever hear.
Now as for the pie recipe itself – if you google “Vinegar Pie”, you will find all kinds of wonderful and old fashioned recipes. There is even one very old handwritten recipe – if you look in the images. wow. I love that stuff.
There is a recipe from the Ann Arbor News that looked pretty interesting – but the pie would have been too thin for my tastes.
Martha Steward had a gorgeous photo – but when I tried to see the recipe there were too many popups to deal with – so, I just got out of there. I’m not even including a link to that, you can google it yourself. I’m not sending you somewhere where a big ad comes over your screen. To heck with that – just stay here, I want you here anyway.
Garden and Gun – which I love to look at also had a similar recipe. But they use Cheerwine vinegar – and there is no chance I will run up on any of that any time soon. ‘Cause I don’t have time to make any vinegar – although, fun idea.
Finally, I resorted to my cookbooks and then combined everything that I saw into something that I could use in my own kitchen. This is basically a chess pie and according to the research I did, it has been a popular pie since the colonial days. Chess pies are awesome and easy and this literally took me 5 minutes to throw together. I did it while I took a break from work, if that tells you anything. Nothing fussy, no equipment needed, no strange ingredients. Just stuff you already have in your kitchen. Elegant, I love that. I am guessing that is how this recipe came to be in the first place. Mama needed something sweet to feed the family and this was easily come by and delicious to eat, despite the name!
The pie book I have at home, which I love, and which I have shown you here before is Nancie McDermott’s “Southern Pies A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes, From Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan”. Every pie I have made out of this book has been spot on – however – I do note that her vinegar pie calls for 1/4 Cup of vinegar. Now, if you LOVE Apple Cider Vinegar, by all means – load it in. But, I’m not crazy about it and think that just the little taste is enough in my pie. You be the judge and see what you like. Here is a link where if you purchase the cookbook, I will receive a single digit percentage of the sale. So, I’m really including it so you will know what it looks like in case you run across it! But really – best pie cook book ever!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4