Pioneer Pie – Vinegar Pie

Pioneer Pie

A Taste of History: Dive into the Tangy Delight of Pioneer Vinegar Pie with Heinz

Imagine a golden brown haven, a pie that whispers of simpler times and homestead kitchens. This isn’t your average fruit-filled treat; it’s a Pioneer Pie, a time-honored recipe from Heinz, where the tang of apple cider vinegar meets the comforting embrace of sugar and butter.

A Rustic Canvas:

Picture a flaky, golden crust, its imperfections telling tales of hand-rolled dough and love poured into every crease. This isn’t a factory-made perfection; it’s a rustic canvas, ready to hold a symphony of sweet and sour flavors.

The Tangy Heart:

The true protagonist of this dish is the apple cider vinegar. Heinz, a brand born from culinary creativity, brings its signature tang to the party. The vinegar is tamed by sugar and cornstarch, transforming into a golden, shimmering filling that’s sweet and sharp, a delicious dance on your tongue.

Butter’s Warm Embrace:

Rich, buttery notes weave through the vinegar’s tang, adding a comforting depth and a luxurious mouthfeel. Each bite is a reminder of farm-fresh ingredients and kitchens filled with the aroma of baking pies.

Egg Yolk’s Silky Touch:

Egg yolks play a hidden role, their golden richness subtly enriching the filling, creating a smooth and velvety base for the vinegar’s playful bite. It’s a harmonious blend of textures and flavors, a testament to the magic of simple ingredients used with care.

A Meringue Crown:

And then, the crowning glory: a crisp, airy meringue. Made with egg whites, cream of tartar, and sugar, it sits atop the filling like a fluffy cloud, its sweetness balancing the vinegar’s tang. With each bite, the meringue melts on your tongue, revealing the delightful surprise of the tangy filling beneath.

A Time Capsule in Every Bite:

This Pioneer Pie is more than just a dessert; it’s a time capsule, a taste of history tucked into a flaky crust. It’s a reminder of resilience, of finding sweetness in unexpected places, and of the magic that can be created with just a few simple ingredients.

So, preheat your oven, gather your tools, and embark on this culinary adventure. With every bite of this Pioneer Pie, you’ll savor the tangy surprise, the rustic charm, and the pure joy of rediscovering a piece of culinary history.

Bonus Tip: Serve your Pioneer Pie warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra touch of decadence. Remember, sometimes, the simplest things can be the most delightful!

I hope you enjoy this description of Pioneer Pie. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy baking!

Pioneer Pie - Vinegar Pie

Pioneer Pie
A vintage clipped recipe for a Pioneer Vinegar Pie made with a pie shell, sugar, cornstarch, water, vinegar, butter, eggs, cream of tarter, and more sugar.
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  • 1 baked 8-inch or 9-inch pie shell
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch or 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • Prepare and bake pie shell.
  • Mix sugar with cornstarch in saucepan.
  • Stir in water and next two ingredients. {Vinegar and butter}
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is very thick.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Beat egg yolks until thick, stir a small amount of hot mixture into yolks; return to saucepan.
  • Stirring constantly, simmer 3 minutes.
  • Pour into pie shell.
  • Cool.
  • Heat over to 350-degrees (moderate).
  • Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until frothy.
  • Gradually beat in sugar.
  • Continue beating until stiff and glossy.
  • Spread meringue over cooled filling, sealing it to the edge of crust.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes.

Kitchen Helper 2

Medium Sauce Pan
Pie Plate 1
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pie, Vinegar


Makes 1 8-inch or 9-inch pie.

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