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6 Old-Fashioned Pie Recipes Worth Bringing Back

These forgotten classic pies are oldies but goodies.

Food trends are ever-evolving, paving the way for new dishes while the old ones get forgotten.

Well, we aren’t ready to let certain recipes be forgotten forever. Take these vintage pie recipes, for example. Although they may not be as popular as apple pie, there’s a reason these old-fashioned pies were once beloved.

Besides, knowing how trends go, it’s only a matter of time before what’s old is new again and every hip restaurant in town starts serving slices of vinegar pie.

So go ahead and resurrect an oldie but goodie and try one of these six lesser-known but oh-so-delicious pie recipes.

1. Lemon Buttermilk Pie

This classic custard pie delicately balances sweet and sour. It uses just the staples — flour, buttermilk, sugar, eggs and butter — but it delivers a taste that will have you wondering why you hadn’t tried it sooner.

Get the recipe at Macheesmo.


2. Chocolate Chess Pie

Chess pie is a super-sweet Southern classic with two distinctive ingredients: cornmeal and vinegar. This chocolatey version takes the traditional chess pie up a notch, thanks to the addition of rich cocoa.

Get the recipe at Spicy Southern Kitchen.

Spicy Southern Kitchen

3. Shoofly Pie

Shoofly pie comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch, and it gets its name from the flies that are attracted to its sweet, molasses scent. There are two versions of shoofly pie, one with a wet bottom and more of a custard consistency, and one with a dry bottom that is more cake-like.

Get the recipe at The Crepes Of Wrath.

The Crepes Of Wrath

4. Old-Fashioned Vinegar Pie

There’s that vinegar again. Vinegar pie sounds funky, but it was a staple back in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s time.

Instagram user oklahoma-living thought making this classic pie would be a fun (and delicious way) to incorporate pioneer culture and cuisine into her children’s studies.

It resembles a cream pie, but uses much less expensive ingredients (like vinegar). You won’t believe how light and creamy this pie turns out.

Get the recipe at Pretty Hungry Blog.

Pretty Hungry Blog

5. Sweet Potato Pie

Sure you’ve had pumpkin pie, but have you tried sweet potato pie? It is a favorite dessert in the southern region of the US and is simple to make.

This buttery, vanilla-flavored pie is made with sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar and evaporated milk, making it a creamy fall dessert that rivals its pumpkin counterpart.

Get the recipe at Sage Trifle.

Sage Trifle

And, did you know that you can make a purple sweet potato pie? Yes, purple! If you look around you can find some beautiful purple potatoes in the store. Instagram user wifemamafoodie shared this vegan friendly recipe that almost looks to beautiful to eat!

Aren’t purple sweet potatoes just the prettiest color?! I posted the recipe for this vegan friendly sweet potato pie made with these beauties on the blog yesterday and also made a video to show you just how simple it is to make! Full recipe is on! 💜💜💜 What are you guys up to this week? It’s been crazy with sick family, Dr’s appts., and of course getting ready for Thanksgiving in just a couple of days. 😱 Speaking of which, I still have so much to do tomorrow in preparation for Thursday! Do any of you start a day early? I’ll be making the desserts as well as the cornbread for the crock-pot stuffing, the cranberry-apple sauce (both recipes are on the blog!) and anything else I can to lighten the load on Thanksgiving day. What food item are you looking forward to eating the most? I think I’m equally excited to eat each and every item on the menu! Can’t wait!! . . . . #purple #purplesweetpotato #pie #sweetpotatopie #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #eggfree #feedfeed #bhgfood #bonappetit #foodandwine #foodphotography #foodstyling #foodie #baking #thanksgiving #autumn #dessert #howiholiday #holidays #thisisfall #wifemamafoodie #beautifulcuisines #foodvideo #recipe #recipevideo #tasty #thebakefeed #wifemamafoodievideos

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6. Amish Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Cream pies can be a little boring, but not this version. This Amish-inspired peanut butter pie is as creamy as it gets. Peanut butter is layered with vanilla pudding and whipped cream to make a unique pie that is sure to please kids and parents alike.

Get the recipe at The Baking ChocolaTess.


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[h/t: mental_floss]