Canadian Dessert Recipes

Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

A classic dessert filled with a delicious homemade raisin filling. Make a pie the same way that grandma would have. | Share

It’s fascinating how an old hand-written recipe card can transport you back in time. You can almost picture the kitchen scene like an old 8mm home movie.  Grandma stirs the pot of pie filling on the stove while auntie rolls out the pie crust. A couple of cousins look on, impressed with the whole baking process. They are excited, knowing that one of their favourite desserts would be ready to eat in a couple of hours.

Mrs. T. Lacelle’s hand-written raisin pie recipe card.

Those old hand-written recipes were often used as rough guides. They can leave today’s home cooks bewildered. Besides having to decipher cursive writing, the ingredients, quantities and instructions are often ambiguous. That’s because a great deal of the baking methodology was shared through observation and experience back in the day. The person writing the recipe card usually had years of baking experience and expected that anyone else using their recipe did too.

Figuring out how to make a pie from the information found on the old recipe card would be my challenge. It required a visit with a cousin to observe her raisin pie baking in action.  She uses the traditional recipe and methods that her mom shared with her years ago.

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Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

Kevin Lamoureux
This easy recipe tastes just like grandma would have made it.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 8
Calories 313 kcal


  • 2 cups sultana raisins
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 double crust pastry for a double crust pie


  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Add raisins and water to a medium saucepan. Boil 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, blend brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt together; add to saucepan with raisins.
  • Cook on medium and stir until syrup is thick and clear (about 10 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and butter.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Turn filling into a pastry lined pan. Cover with top crust. Seal edges and cut slits in the top crust.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce oven to 350° F and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pie from oven and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.


Per serving
Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Iron: 1mg
Keyword pie, raisin

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