In response to the depression era recipes we’ve been talking about here on the HBHW blog, Geri S. send me the following recipe. I haven’t had a chance to give it a try yet, but it sounds yummy and is of course very inexpensive.
Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife
Here is a depression-era recipe that has been handed down in our family from my Great Grandmother. It’s not for everyone, but apparently there is a special gene in our family that causes us to like this stuff. It’s a dessert:
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
One recipe double pie crust
Mix first three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let this boil for about 2 minutes, then thicken with a paste made from flour and water (about the consistency of thin gravy). Boil for a few minutes again, until thick. Turn off heat and let cool a little. (Doesn’t have to be cold.)
Line a glass or porcelain baking dish (sides and bottom) with pie crust. Pour enough filling in to cover the bottom. Cut the remaining pie crust into strips. Place one layer of strips over the filling in the pan. Top with more filling. Put one layer of pastry strips lengthwise in the dish, and the next crosswise. Keep alternating pastry and filling until dish is full enough. Better not to be too full, or it will boil over in the oven. Bake until done.
**Great Grandma’s recipe notes that she is not sure of the time or temp because she has not baked one in her new stove but once, and that was a long time ago. We usually bake it at 350 for 35-45 minutes.**
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