Raisin Pie for Afternoon Tea!

What does one do on a lazy Sunday afternoon when they are halfheartedly organizing the kitchen and come across a 750 g open bag of raisins? I couldn’t even remember why I bought them in the first place. I did open the bag and extracted two raisins from the bag, plopped them in an empty medicine bottle, and unceremoniously handed the specimens over to a friend who claimed to have frozen and lost his testicles at the Legislative grounds when he was there for a walk one -30C evening. I claimed to have found them for him, you see.

Back to the open bag of raisins. I’m not really a fan of eating raisins out of the bag. I like raisins in things. Things like trail mix, Raisin Bran cereal, raisin-oatmeal cookies, savoury couscous, raisin toast, and pie! Yes pie! As luck would have it, a pie would take the least amount of energy in my raisin-in-food cooking and baking repertoire. Remember, the first sentence did declare this to be a lazy Sunday, and as luck would have it, I had a frozen pie crust kicking around in the old deep freezer.

Next up was locating a recipe. More and more I find I am ignoring my shelves of beloved and well-worn cookbooks in favour of the immense selection on the web. Today I selected a recipe from the Sun-Maid raisin people. It’s their raisins afterall, and they should know best what to do with them. One would think. Here’s the link: Sun-Maid Old Fashioned Raisin Pie.

I boiled the raisins, I added sugar and cornstarch and cinnamon and salt and vinegar and butter. Poured the hot goo in the pie shell (which I carefully remove from the store tin and place in a proper pie plate to make it “look” like I made a rustic crust from scratch), brushed the top crust with a bit of milk and a sprinkling of white sugar, placed my treasure in the oven and let it bake for 25 minutes.

The pie results? Sweet. Sweet. Sweet. A scoop of vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream would calm that aspect down nicely. The pie turned out delicious.

I was looking for a Sun-Maid Raisin image for this post, and came across this version by Spicysteweddemon. I prefer Spicystew’s whimsical look…

… to the new official Barbie, teeth capped and whitened version:

It’s 2011 Sun-Maid Raisin people! Who wears bonnets anymore? Especially when doing yoga?


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Yowza! That new computer-generated Sun Maid is creepy!

  2. I will never look at a raisin the same way again. Testicles. They will all be testicles!!
    Mom and dad love raisin pie. I have always found it WAY to sweet… but, your pastry looks lovely. I don’t even really enjoy raisins in things anymore unless they are soaked overnight in some kind of liquor.
    Now that would have been my kind of pie!
    WONDERFUL to see you yesterday, too!!!

  3. Walsh Cooks says:

    Isn’t she though?

  4. Walsh Cooks says:

    You too Valerie! Great to see you. Quite fun running into a fellow foodie at the Italian Centre Shop! 🙂

  5. kat hudson says:

    haha! I drew the pic, this is spicysteweddemon. Thanks for pimping my work

  6. Walsh Cooks says:

    Glad you found me. Your work is beautiful.

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