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Vinegar Pie Recipe

The most important concern for a cattle drive cook on the trail was to have items, especially for dessert, that do not require perishable items, and can have substitute ingredients. When the cattle drive cook wanted to make the pie below, and ran out of sugar, he would substitute molasses, honey or syrup.


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 egg yokes (Save the whites for a meringue.)
  • 1 cup water

  1. Line a pie pan with your favorite pie crust. Bake the crust about half done before placing the mixed ingredients into it.
  2. Bake in a slow oven until the custard is done.
  3. If you would like you can use the egg whites for a meringue, but it is not necessary.