"Piebox" Special Vinegar Pie

"Piebox" is slang for chuck wagon. The range hands called it that with both affection and optimism, hoping there would be a pie in the wagon for their dessert.

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  • Pastry for 1 crust 9 inch pie, unbaked
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • Whipped cream to garnish


  1. Line pie pan with the pastry and freeze while you prepare filling.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together.
  3. Whisk egg yolks just to blend; beat egg white until stiff.
  4. Fold sugar into whites thoroughly but not overmuch, and stir with wooden spoon into yolks.
  5. Add sifted dry ingredients with a few strokes, then sour cream.
  6. Mix all remaining ingredients except whipped cream and fold into filling.
  7. Spread in pastry-lined pie pan and smooth top.
  8. Bake in preheated 450 degrees F oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Lower heat to 400 degrees F and bake for 5 minutes.
  10. Lower heat to 350 degrees F, and bake for about 15 minutes more, or until set.
  11. Cool on rack, then garnish border with unsweetened whipped cream.