Old-Fashioned Mock Cherry (Cranberry Raisin) Pie Recipe

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, November 25, 1912:  Today, don’t remember.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Sounds like a slow day for Grandma. Since she didn’t write much I’ll share a hundred-old-recipe for Mock Cherry Pie that I made for Thanksgiving.

The pie is made with cranberries and raisins. It’s enticingly  tart–yet sweet–and a nice addition to my repertoire of Thanksgiving pies; but it tastes  (surprise, surprise) more like a cranberry raisin pie than a cherry pie.

Mock Cherry Pie

Pick over and wash three cupfuls of cranberries, and cook in half a cupful of water until broken.  Add one cupful of sugar and one cupful of cropped raisins. Bake between crusts in 9-inch pan.

Adapted from recipe in Good Housekeeping (November, 1912)

7 Responses

  1. I am sure it is yummy, but I can’t imagine it seeming like cherries! Looks worth trying. Thanks.

    • Maybe if cherries (or cherry pie filling) wasn’t available, people would let their imaginations run wild and somehow think it tasted like cherries. :)

  2. I wonder what would ‘cropped’ raisins be? Like chopped? looked yummy!

    • I cut some of the raisins in half. But I quickly tired of cutting them, and decided it probably wasn’t necessary to chop every single raisin. :)

  3. how very festive, if illnamed

  4. Sounds good… will need to make it. thank you. Enjoy your posts.

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