Because were all still quarantined, because time seems to be standing still, let’s have some fun in the kitchen! Back in the day, The Great Depression Era, people learned to make do with what they had, waste nothing and get creative. And they didn’t have the internet to pass the time. But, thanks to the internet, we can learn some skills from that era, become more self sufficient and even bake a pie that came from a time so long ago, but so close to present day.
Being thrifty myself, and have made some “unique” recipes, I would never thought this one was real, but sure enough, you can make a pie from water! This recipe would be fun to include the kids on, let them taste a slice of history while learning to make do with what you have on hand. If nothing else, they will appreciate pie from here on out! Have fun and this too shall pass!
Depression Era Water Pie
- 1 deep dish 9-inch pie crust, unbaked
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoons butter, sliced
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place pie crust on a baking sheet and pour the 1 1/2 cups water into the pie crust.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Sprinkle evenly over water in the pie crust, but do not stir.
- Drizzle vanilla over the pie, then evenly place pats of butter over the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F and continue baking for 30 more minutes. Cover crust with foil if browning too quickly.
- Pie will be watery but will set up as it cools. Allow to cool to room temperature, then place in fridge to chill before slicing. Enjoy!