when we were working on our menu, i wanted to add a few categories: funeral pie and old men’s pie.
i decided it wasn’t a good idea because i’m not sure that folks would know what that meant…so i will share here.
funeral pie – raisin pies used to be called funeral pie. an aunt told me there is likely a few reasons for that. you often needed to prepare a food item to take with you in a hurry and raisin pies were made with ingredients that are readily available. (really? make a pie in a hurry? not these days, who throws a pie together in a hurry these days…except my mother!)
they also needed to take food that kept well without refrigeration.
old men’s pie: really, any old fashioned recipe should live in this category, but a few pies that most young bucks would not know about and might be hesitant to order would again include anything with raisins…(wink,wink – i won’t go into details as to why i think that is humorous) but- i would include sour cream raisin pie and a few other old-fashioned recipes such as buttermilk pie and custard. these are recipes that have my “triple-s stamp of approval”: simple, soft and sweet.
if you can through a pie crust together quickly, here is a recipe for an old man’s pie also known as a poor mans pie. no wonder they say “easy as pie”… let me know if you like it.
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. have a pie crust prepared.
2. cook over heat all the above ingredients except the vanilla. when the mixture thickens, add vanilla and pour into pie crust.
3. let cool and serve