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Old Fashioned Funeral Pie


Made year round, this classic Amish dish is loaded with sweet flavors. Old Fashioned Funeral Pie is made with cinnamon, all spice, and a handful of raisins. It is rich and moist, and sure to be a hit with the family. There's nothing to mourn here - not only is this pie an old family favorite, it also uses ingredients you probably already have on hand. Homemade pie recipes don't come any easier than this.

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • pie crust, store bought or premade with top and bottom
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the raisins water and juice in a saucepan and heat over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the sugars, cornstarch, spices, and salt in a bowl an, mixing all the time. Add this mixture to the heating raisins.
  4. Cook and stir this until the mixture starts to bubble. Add the vinegar, walnuts and butter, and heat until the butter is melted. Cool until just warm.
  5. Pour into the prepared shell and top with the second pastry crust. Bake 25 minutes or until golden. Cool.

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May 1, 2014

I have not tried this recipes yet, but why is there no nutritional information added?


Jan 22, 2013

Best raisin pie I ever ate. I loved the added orange juice and nuts. This recipe is great as is.


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Jan 1, 2013

For Spikeygirl & pcody: This is a very common Pennsylvania Dutch recipe and not just Amish. It is called a 'funeral pie' because it was the only fruit pie that could be made during the winter and given to the family of one who had passed. This was before fresh fruit was available year round and mass produced frozen fruit and canned pie fillings had been envisioned.


Sep 17, 2012

Well, Spikeygrrl, I thought it was an odd name too but I had a guess as to why but I googled it and here's what I found. "This a pie seen quite often in Amish homes. Because it is easy, quick and made from non-seasonal ingredients, it was often taken to the family of those grieving over a passing." So no, no real corpses in the pie.


Sep 17, 2012

As Wednesday Adams inquired about Girl Scout cookies, "Are they made of real Girl Scouts?" I simply can't imagine eating something called "Funeral Pie," and must inquire of anyone here who knows: is it made of real corpses? YUCK!!!!!!!! If it really does taste good, why not rename it something less nauseating?


Sep 16, 2012

Although this is traditionally made with dark raisins, I prefer golden raisins for their sweetness. I use the same amount of two cups of golden raisins and usually use a little more walnuts. It's a terrific recipe!


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