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Grandma Pruit’s Vinegar Pie

This historic pie has been in our family for many generations and is always at all of the family get-togethers.—Suzette Pruit, Houston, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 quart hot water


  • Preheat oven to 450°. Whisk together sugar, flour and nutmeg; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll one-third of pie dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 2x1-in. strips. Layer a deep 12-in. enamel-coated cast-iron skillet or ovenproof casserole with half the strips; sprinkle with half the sugar mixture. Dot with half the butter. Repeat sugar and butter layers.
  • Roll remaining two-thirds of pie dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Place over filling, pressing against sides of skillet or casserole. Cut a slit in top. Add vinegar to hot water; slowly pour vinegar mixture through slit. Liquid may bubble up through crust; this is normal. To catch spills, line an oven rack with foil.
  • Bake until crust is golden brown, about 1 hour. Cover edge loosely with foil during the last 15-20 minutes if needed to prevent overbrowning. Remove foil. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 545 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 316mg sodium, 78g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Rahnee64
    Jul 28, 2020

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  • Jeannette
    Jun 14, 2020

    I haven’t made this pie but want to comment to Kay. What a sweet thing you did for that elderly gentleman. There should be more people like you.

  • KAY
    Apr 8, 2020

    Oh my goodness!!!!! I thought this recipe was lost forever. Almost 40 years ago an elderly widower in our neighborhood would stop by for coffee every afternoon. One day he arrived with a handwritten recipe handed down through several generations of family to his late wife. He asked if I could make it for him as he missed it and he couldn't bake. I was skeptical VINEGAR PIE????? However, I agreed to try to make it for him. I had the Pie ready with a fresh pot of coffee. OMG! that old man was so delighted. the smile on his face was priceless. With every spoonful, you could see the memories come over him. Even my picky kids and husband became fans of Vinegar Pie. Unfortunately, we moved away, I lost the recipe during the move and when I tried to contact the old gentleman I learned he had passed. When I saw this recipe I couldn't make it fast enough. I is exactly as I remember it. Oddly, this pies flavor is similar to Buttermilk Pie and has a hint of Apple Pie without the apples akined to Mock Apple Pie made with Ritz crackers. This recipe is probably older than the depression era and earns FIVE STARS in my book . YUM!!!!!! Granny Crosspatch Way out in West Texas

  • Melody
    Jan 12, 2020

    Not worth all the work.

  • Deborah
    Jul 21, 2019

    what does this pie taste like?

  • KrunaGmail
    Jul 30, 2018

    Nice recipe !!!

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    Apr 11, 2012

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