Nana's Raisin Pie

  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
  • Prep: 30 minutes
  • Cook: 40 to 45 minutes

Great Grandfather's Favorite PIe.


2cups golden California Raisins
1/3cup brown Califfornia Raisins
3cups hot water
3/4cup light brown sugar
3tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2cups water
1/4cup orange juice
Finely grated rind of 1 orange
3tablespoons lemon juice
2 (9-inch) pie crusts
1large egg, lightly beaten
1tablespoon sugar


  1. Place raisins in a bowl. Add hot water and let soak 25 minutes.
  2. Combine light brown sugar, cornstarch, water, orange juice and zest and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar melts. Increase heat to medium high and cook, stirring, until mixture begins to thicken. Drain raisins. Stir raisins into sugar mixture and cook until mixture bubbles gently.
  3. Spoon raisin filling a shallow baking dish and refrigerate 15 to 20 minutes in refrigerator. (This also helps it thicken.)
  4. Preheat oven to 400F.
  5. Place 1 pie cruist in a pie plate. Scrape raisin filling into pie cruist. Place second crust on top; crimp edges together. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Cut steam vents in top crust with a small knife.
  6. Bake about 40 minutes, until golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe by Samantha Newman, Downers Grove, Ill.