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Cakespy: Cherry Almond Osgood Pie

[Original artwork and photographs: Jessie Oleson]

Note: We love pie. And so does Jessie Oleson (aka Cakespy). She will drop by with a delicious pie recipe every Wednesday in November.

First things first: what is Osgood Pie, anyway? Said to have taken its name from the phrase "Oh So Good Pie," it's an old-time recipe in the tradition of chess and vinegar pies, comprised of a thick, custardy filling made of eggs, vinegar, sugar, raisins and spices.

Though it enjoyed some popularity in the earlier half of the 1900s, it's virtually unseen today. I'd never even heard of it until it was on Not Martha, and quite frankly I'm not surprised. How delicious does raisin and vinegar pie sound, after all? So I set myself to modernizing the pie a bit, swapping the raisins for dried cherries and adding almonds.

My apologies to purists and raisin lovers everywhere, but if the original is good, I respectfully offer that this version might be even better: the tart cherries contrast nicely with the slight tang from the vinegar, and the almonds add a rich flavor contrast to the sweet filling.

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