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In the Kitchen Special: Water Pie

It’s time for another installment of Retro Recipes where KC and her niece Mallory try out a recipe from a bygone era. Today, they’re making depression-era Water Pie.

Water Pie
Vintage Depression Era Recipe, courtesy of Southern Plate.

• 1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, unbaked
• 1 1/2 cups water (that is one and a half cups)
• 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 5 tablespoons butter, cut into 5 pieces

1. Preheat oven to 400 and set empty pie crust on a baking sheet.
2. Pour 1 + 1/2 cups water into the pie crust.
3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the water in the crust. Don’t stir.
4. Drizzle the vanilla over the water in the pie crust. Place pats of butter on top of this.
5. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and cover sides of crust if needed to prevent burning. Continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
6. Pie will be watery when you pull it out of the oven but will gel as it cools. Allow to cool completely and then cover and place in the fridge until chilled before cutting.



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