14 Days of Pi(e): Larrigan Pie

For today’s pie, I dug up something a little different. “Larrigan” literally translates to “moccasin,” but larrigan pie is not made from shoes, it’s made from vinegar, cornstarch, sugar and water and was eaten by lumberjacks. Ann Burkhardt included this recipe from the Forest History Center< in her book A Cook’s Tour of Minnesota along with some other recipes and food history relating to the woodsmen of northern Minnesota.

Larrigan Pie


1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 unbaked 8-inch pie shell


Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Add the water, vinegar, and lemon extract; mix well. Pour vinegar mixture into pie shell. Bake for 45 minutes or until mixture sets and crust is brown.

By “A Cook’s Tour of Minnesota” (2004) by Ann Burkhardt


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