Vinegar Cobbler – Depression Era Recipe

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:

Vinegar Cobbler

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.**



9 Responses to “Vinegar Cobbler – Depression Era Recipe”

  1. Jc Langehennig Says:

    I love the article. It looks good. Thank you!

  2. Amy Dimond Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I have been searching for the real thing–most sites offer a recipe that resembles cinnamon rolls with a vinegar syrup, but I knew my family did not make it that way.

  3. Lynn Says:

    My grandmother used to fix this for my uncle it was his favorite pie but I never tried it and now they are all gone and i have no receipt. I knew that she did this during the depression and then kept on doing it.

  4. melanie Says:

    My grandmother cooked this for her kids but they had no sugar in the depression except for the stamps she used sugar of the dryed up syrup cans (maple) they used the can for lunch boxes for school. my aunt said she would get it all boiling then drop dumplins in it she cooked on open fireplacegoing to try this with the dumplins and see if i can get close to hers for my fathers 87th birthday wish me luck

  5. Donna Miller Says:

    This is the receipt my grandmther use to make for all of the family. We all loved this. She would use apple cider vingar instead and it tasted just like apple cobbler . I now make this for my family and tell them the story of grandmother .

  6. kris abraham Says:

    My grandma made the vinegar cobbler, and I also remember her making mock apple pie from soda crackers. You could not tell you were eating crackers instead of apples. Cooking on a shoestring budget is something I definitely picked up from her.

  7. Patti Dolin Says:

    My Grandmother made this when I was growing up on her house.I had forgotten all aboUT her vinegar cobbler. until one day about a. week ago a friend of mine was talking about recipes that our moms grandmother’s made when we were growing up.So That’s when I remembered grandma ‘s cobbler and her old fashioned Stack Cake.Hopefully I can find that recipe for that too online.

  8. Linda Vandiver Says:

    Maybe someone knows…..also a grandma receipe search…..after the cinnamon rolls were made they were put in the pan and know is where I get hazy but definitetly a little bit of vinegar was poured into the pan between the rolls and when they came out they had a crusty type top…can’t remember if another ingredient was with the vinegar…anyone out there know of this and if so have the receipe to share???

  9. Thomas Smith Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been searching for years for a Vinegar Cobbler recipe like the one my great grandmother took with her to the grave. I assumed this to be a regional recipe or that had its roots in Southern slave culture and was looking through any Okie/Arkie cookbooks I could find. Has anyone made it? Is it too sweet for modern tastes?

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