Railroad Raisin Pie

  • Yield: 8 pieces
  • Prep: 30 minutes
  • Cook: 35 minutes

This recipe has been in our family for at least 75 years. It was prepared by my grandmother each Sunday. She made at least one raisin pie and sent it with my grandpa when he stayed away from home working for the railroad in northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa. Early on Monday morning she sent him on his way with food packed for the week including one of these famous raisin pies. We are now in the fifth generation enjoying this pie. My granddaughters love it!


2cups California Raisins
2cups water
2 eggs
1cup sugar
1tablespoon cornstarch
1tablespoon vinegar
2tablespoons butter
2 (9-inch) pie crusts


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine raisins and water in saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes
  3. In bowl, beat eggs, sugar, cornstarch and vinegar together until creamy Add to raisins and water. Cook 4 or 5 minutes until thick. Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until melted.
  4. Prepare pie crust for a 2 crust pie. Place bottom crust in pie pan. Place raisin mixture in pie plate and add top crust. Cut slits in top crust and sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until browned.