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Old Fashioned Raspberry Pie

Great Grandma made the best Old fashioned Raspberry pie and passed the recipe down to her daughter's. I love making her recipe and plan to pass it on as well! #driscollsberries #pie ohsweetbasil.com

Pie is one of the greatest desserts and yet it gets made far less than other desserts. I think one of the biggest reasons is the pie crust. It seems so intimidating. I know it did to me. Growing up my mom just seemed to make it happen so easily and I would help, but mostly with making the little cinnamon sugar crisps with the left over pie dough. Once I was older I would try different recipes and either they didn’t turn out at all or they weren’t consistent. So, I turned to my mom who taught me about Great Grandma’s fool proof old fashioned raspberry pie. Which of course has changed my life and brought pie, without stress into my home and now Driscoll’s Berries and I want to teach you as part of our Made with Love program!

Great Grandma made the best Old fashioned Raspberry pie and passed the recipe down to her daughter's. I love making her recipe and plan to pass it on as well! #driscollsberries #pie ohsweetbasil.com

Isn’t it a gorgeous pie? I like to swirl the hot pie a little when it comes out of the oven so the juices kind of leak out and make the top look beautiful without having to mess with a lattice top. And speaking of decorating the pie, let’s go ahead and talk about a silly, but very sweet memory that for some reason means so much to me even though it’s just a simple little smiley face. Oh, and side note-there’s a fun sweepstakes for 2 grand prize winners of a kitchenaid mixer and berries for a year, plus 4 second place winners for berries for a year. 1 grand prize and 2 second place winners will be chosen at the end of every month. Who wouldn’t want to win a KitchenAid?!

Great Grandma made the best Old fashioned Raspberry pie and passed the recipe down to her daughter's. I love making her recipe and plan to pass it on as well! #driscollsberries #pie ohsweetbasil.com

My mom, and I know that I’m a bit biased, but my mom is one of the most tenderhearted, hard working, patient, and genuine people I know. I’ve never heard her belittle anyone in or outside of our family, even behind closed doors. She is honest, true, mindful and forgiving. BUT, she hates cooked apples. I know. It’s ridiculous and her only downfall. Oh, mom you know it’s true. Growing up was a lot of fun for us kids. We got to go to our grandparents’ houses every year and run around like little hooligans. Mom always let us be little. We were never held to a higher standard until we were ready (I’m working on that with my children) and always allowed to help out in every way. Thanksgiving always involved friends and family and my mom always made homemade pies. It was work, but we would help and she would guide us. The house would warm up with the oven being on all day and the smells filling the entire home. Mom would always do the pie lid herself and if you knew her you knew exactly what kind of pie it was without ever cutting the pie.

Great Grandma made the best Old fashioned Raspberry pie and passed the recipe down to her daughter's. I love making her recipe and plan to pass it on as well! #driscollsberries #pie ohsweetbasil.com

Like I said, Mom doesn’t like cooked apples, but she loves her Mamma’s raspberry pie. The family loves apple pie so she would go ahead and make one, but make her point still. The raspberry pie would have a cute little smiley face while the apple pie would have a face with a little “tongue” traced into the crust so as if the pie “face” was sticking its tongue out in disgust. As a kid I thought it was hilarious and oh so much fun. As an adult, it’s become a sweet memory that will remind me of the quietly silly, but sacrificing mother that I have. Isn’t it funny how the little things end up meaning more than anything else? Sometimes I think about growing up, what will I remember about my life and parents when they are gone, and what will my children remember about me. I’d give up everything I have to mean as much to my children as my mom means to me and to influence them for good the way she has. How did I ever deserve someone that was willing to do anything in the kindest, most loving way for her children and those around her and how will I ever do the same in my family? It’s so true, when you are wondering who you are, you can look to your past and gain strength and understanding by discovering those who came before you. I think I need to try a little harder to be a little better.

What Makes Pie Crust Tough?

Too much water will make pie crust sticky and result in tough pastry.

Too little water will make the pastry dry and crumbly, resulting in pastry that cracks and falls apart.

Over kneading pie dough will also make it tough.

The dry ingredients should just be mixed into the wet until the dough holds together when squeezed into a ball.

Why Does Pie Crust Shrink?

The biggest reason pie crust shrinks is because it hasn’t been given enough time to rest.

Resting the pie dough will allow the gluten to relax, which will help the dough not shrink.

Also, if the dough is rolled too thin, it tends to shrink.

Can Raspberry Pie Be Frozen Before It Is Baked?

If you are going to freeze fruit pies to be baked and served later, it is best to freeze them before baking.

Raspberry pie will taste just like fresh raspberry pie if it is frozen before it is baked.

Prepare the pie up to the point of baking, wrap well in plastic wrap and foil and freeze.

Frozen pies will keep up to 4 months.

There is no need to thaw before baking.

Simply place the frozen pie on a baking sheet in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 35-40 minutes.

Old Fashioned Raspberry Pie

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Old Fashioned Raspberry Pie

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Old Fashioned Raspberry Pie is juicy, tart, and filled with memories.


For the Crust

  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1 Cup lard I use shortening, but lard does make it more flaky. I just don't use lard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Very cold water mix together and add to dry ingredients
    Mix till moistened and holds together.



For the crust

  • Mix together the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  • Chop the butter into 1/4" pieces and toss into the flour.
  • Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until pea sized pieces remain.
  • Mix together the egg, and vinegar in a glass measuring cup.
  • It should be around 1/4 cup all mixed together. Now add the very cold water until it makes 1/2 cup.
  • Slowly add a few tablespoons at a time to the flour mixture and using a fork, whisk into the flour. [b]See note[/b]
  • Mix until the dough comes together but is still a little shaggy or in other words, pulls together when you squeeze it into a fist.
  • Cut the dough ball into two pieces.
  • Lay a little saran wrap out and place each piece of dough on the plastic wrap, and wrap tightly.
  • Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to rest.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Gently place the rolling pin at one end of the dough and pull the edge up over the pin and roll over the remaining dough so it's wrapped around the rolling pin.
  • Carefully unroll the dough over a pie dish, lifting the edges and allowing the dough to fall into the bottom of the plate rather than stretching and pushing it into place.

For the berries

  • Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and berries in mixing bowl.
  • Fold gently to combine.
  • Pour into pastry and dot with 2 TBSP. butter.
  • Place top pastry over berries and seal and cut slits in top. (I usually brush the top with a little milk and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. The milk makes it bake with a golden brown color.)
  • Bake at 450 for 10 minutes and then reduce temp. to 375 for 20-25 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before slicing.


Sometimes I only use a portion of the egg and water mixture while other times it takes the entire amount. I don't know why, so I just add a little at a time until the dough comes together.
We don't suggest anything other than the Ultra Gel but if you need to use flour try 1/3-1/2 cup. If your berries are extra juicy you could use up to 3/4-1 cup of flour.
To freeze:
Prepare the pie up to the point of baking, wrap well in plastic wrap and foil and freeze.
Frozen pies will keep up to 4 months.
Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Raspberry Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 478 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 468mg20%
Potassium 211mg6%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Most of all , I love the comments you have made about your Mother, very endearing and so true of my Mom. Well said.

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    • Thank you so much Lynne! She’s really the best!

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  • I think your recipe is a good one, but I much prefer using black raspberries than the red ones. I pick them here on my acres, both wild and some we planted. I love to bake but have slowed down because of age. Thank you for the recipes.

    Grandma Sue in Central Indiana and Izzi Too (she is my Pomeranian)

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    • Fresh homegrown raspberries are the best!! In any and all colors! Thank you for leaving a comment and so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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  • Is there really that much fat and calories? I slice is almost 3x caloric intake for the day… 🤔

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  • Is there really that much fast and calories? I slice is almost 3x caloric intake for the day… 🤔

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  • Can frozen raspberries be used? Would you thaw them first?

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    • Absolutely, and yes I would thaw and drain them.

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  • This is the first “real” pie ive made all from scratch and my family loved it one question do you use brow sugar with the berries?

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    • Hi Leah,

      I’m so glad! You can use either.

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  • Beautiful pie! I have never just had a raspberry pie before! Gorgeous!

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  • Love that happy face you put on the pie. This looks incredible and what a delicious cake! I might make it later this week… yum!

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  • Oh goodness, this pie looks delightful! I bet it tastes perfect 🙂

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  • This looks divine! I definitely forget how easy it is to make a great pie crust and opt for a faster dessert option.

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  • Love the part about the faces on the pies. What a great memory and pie with attitude. I admit the crust keeps me from making pies more often. You’ve inspired me to try again! That’s for a great recipe and post!

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    • the crusts can be so annoying, but give this one a go. It never fails and I really prefer to stay away from pie crust. haha

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  • Pie looks amazing. For the crust it says 1/2 water is that cup,tbsp, or tsp?

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  • Wow – this pie is beautiful comfort food! Thanks for the sweet story 🙂

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  • You mom sounds like an amazing person and crazy nice + caring! I am sure would love this GORGEOUS pie! Yum!

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