Whenever I bake this pie, I think of the days of the Depression. Meat was hard to come by then, so Grandma Meg would tell my dad, "If you go hunt for a rabbit or peasant for Sunday dinner, I'll make a raisin pie." We had lot of wild game and raisin pies during those days!
When we were kids, our favorite dessert at Grandma's house was Bird's Nest Pie. Maybe we were fascinated by the name of the treat, but that can't be the only reason we liked it—there were never any leftovers! This family recipe was handed down from my great-grandmother.
To top off many meals, Mother baked an amazing array of pies—there was something to satisfy everyone's tastes. Besides my favorite—this Raisin Pie recipe—there was one each of pumpkin, mincemeat, pecan, apple and cherry. We had scrumptious leftovers for days! —Patricia Baxter, Great Bend, Kansas
"We have four very productive apple trees in our backyard, so I make a lot of recipes that call for apples. Even then, we'll often end up giving bushels of them away. This apple dessert is one of my family's favorites. If you're serving a larger group, I've found that it goes a little further when cut into squares rather than slices like a traditional apple pie."
"WE STILL GO OUT to the strawberry farms to pick our own berries for this pie, and a delicious one it is!
"This pie was a family favorite while I was growing up, and it has become the same with my own family, which is nearly all grown.
"Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, and when they're in season, you can bet this is a treat we have often!"
"AS A SPECIAL TREAT when making this pie, Mom would sometimes place a marshmallow in the center of each lattice square, or, in honor of the Christmas tree we had just brought home, she'd cut Christmas tree shapes from the pie dough and place them on top of the pie."
During the '30s, my mother made this pie for the ladies in her club. I'd hurry home from school so I could help her and then try a pie myself! It soon became such a family favorite. Mother made it part of our Christmas meals.
I've baked many apple pies in the last 40 years. But when I entered this apple pie at the 1987 Kansas State Fair, it won first prize! The prize was especially meaningful, because the contest was sponsored by the Kansas Mother's Assn., and of the 31 pies entered, mine was the one that was presented to the Kansas Mother of the Year.
Nothing hides the tangy rhubarb in this lovely pie, which has just the right balance of sweet and tart. Serving this dessert is a nice way to celebrate the end of winter! — Ellen Benninger, Greenville, Pennsylvania