OLD FASHIONED WATER PIE – The Southern Girl Cooks

Don’t choose a recipe by its title! One might imagine a water pie, or because it’s typically referred to as, “melancholy pie,”  would lack taste, however you’d be improper. This old school pie was made common through the Nice Despair, and it’s all of the issues a pie must be…wealthy, candy, decadent, and you bought it,  simple!

Old Fashioned Water Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

When you like old school desserts, you may need to make our Do Nothing Cake, Buttermilk Pie, or Blackberries and Dumplings.


We love old school recipes, and this pie is certainly that. It got here out of the Nice Despair when residence cooks needed to make do with what that they had.  It’s been my expertise that easy is nearly all the time higher, and this dessert qualifies. Flour, butter, vanilla, and naturally, water are what makes this home made pie fabulous. As you possibly can see it has NO eggs! You gained’t consider how simple it’s and it’s the right dessert to serve for any gathering or vacation as a result of it must be made upfront. 


Deep Dish Pie Crust-we wish to make our personal utilizing THIS recipe, however you possibly can simply use a store-bought premade crust. Make certain that it’s a deep dish pie crust.

Water-this is a should. The water makes this a water pie. 

All-Function Flour-this is a thickening agent.

White Granulated Sugar-this brings the sweetness!

Salt-you will certainly need to add this as a result of it helps deliver out the candy flavors of this dessert.

Vanilla Extract-adds a lot taste for this dessert. Chances are you’ll use vanilla flavoring.

Butter-it can’t be buttery if we don’t add the butter. We use unsalted butter.


One of many nice issues about this pie is that it takes little or no gear. You’ll want a deep dish pie plate and a mixing bowl. When you assume you’ll must cowl your pie crust to maintain it from browning an excessive amount of, ensure and have some aluminum foil shut by.


You gained’t consider how simple this pie is. You mainly combine, pour and bake! That’s it. It’s a must to love these easy desserts, and this one positively qualifies.


Go forward and get your elements collectively and measured out. Let it sit out and attain room temperature should you use a premade crust. When you’re making your crust, go forward and make it.


  1. Pour water into the raw pie shell.  I do know this sounds bizarre, however that is the way it’s carried out. 
  2. Whisk collectively flour, sugar, and salt. 
  3. Sprinkle over water within the pie crust.  DO NOT STIR. 
  4. Drizzle on the vanilla extract and add butter pats on high of the pie. 
  5. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for half-hour. Cut back warmth to 375 levels and proceed baking for 30 extra minutes.  
  6. Let pie cool utterly after which cowl and place within the fridge. Pie will arrange because it cools and is refrigerated.  It is going to seem like it isn’t cooked when faraway from the oven. It is going to look watery within the middle; that’s the way it ought to look. It is going to arrange as soon as it’s chilly. 


🔺You’ll be able to cowl the perimeters of the pie crust in case your crust is turning into too darkish. I haven’t had that concern with this pie, however all oven temperatures range and might bake in a different way. 

🔺Resist the urge to serve this pie heat. It’s to be served chilly, and warming it up will trigger it to turn out to be runny and unfastened once more. 


When you love this pie, you’ll need to attempt our Old-Fashioned Impossible Pie. It’s been round for years and years and has terrific evaluations. It’s really easy; it doesn’t even require a crust. It’s also possible to attempt our traditional Chess Pie. It’s completely scrumptious!

Old Fashioned Water Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks


What’s it imagined to seem like when it’s carried out baking?

Truthfully, there isn’t a explicit approach the pie ought to look when it’s carried out baking. I like to recommend baking it for a full hour after which eradicating it to chill. It is going to positively look watery and unfastened, however that’s okay. As I mentioned, it can arrange because it cools and is refrigerated. 

Can this be made forward of time?

Sure, it is strongly recommended that you simply make this pie forward of time due to the cooling course of. This pie will get higher the longer it sits. It could be high quality to make it even two days earlier than serving.

What does this pie style like? 

Some will say it tastes like the center of a pecan pie however with out the corn syrup. I’ve additionally heard individuals describe it as having virtually a butterscotch style. It’s wealthy and decadent, and my household are large followers. 

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Cowl the pie and retailer it within the fridge. It is going to hold for at the least 5 days. Don’t reheat this pie. This pie is to be served chilled or at room temperature. 

Previous Long-established Water Pie

The Southern Girl Cooks

This water pie is from the melancholy period and it is so good! Easy elements.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 1 hour

Whole Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Course Dessert

Delicacies American, southern

  • 1 deep dish 9 inch pie crust raw
  • 1 1/2 cups faucet water
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons butter sliced
  • Pour water into raw pie shell.

  • Whisk collectively flour, sugar and salt. Sprinkle over water in pie crust. DO NOT STIR.

  • Drizzle on vanilla extract and add butter pats on high of pie. Bake in a preheated 400 diploma oven for half-hour.

  • Cut back warmth to 375 levels and proceed baking for 30 extra minutes.

  • Pie will arrange because it cools and is refrigerated.

  • It is going to seem like it isn’t cooked when faraway from oven however will arrange as soon as it’s chilly.

Key phrase Previous Long-established Water Pie

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