Water Pie Recipe From the Great Depression

During the Great Depression, people had to come up with simple and filling recipes as the resources were scarce. Luckily that’s not the case today, but the isolation can sometimes make you feel like you’re out of options, especially when you don’t have anything sweet at home. Next time the sugar cravings kick in, try making this water pie.


  • a pie crust
  • 12 oz water
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Take the pie crust out of the package and put it on a baking sheet.
  2. Pour the water into crust.
  3. Take a small bowl and mix sugar and flour. Sprinkle equally on top of the water. Don’t Stir.
  4. Now sprinkle the vanilla.
  5. Arrange the butter cut into smaller pieces on top of other ingredients.
  6. Bake the pie at 400 for 30 minutes, reduce the oven heat to 375F and bake for 30 more minutes.
  7. It will be liquidy when you take it out, but don’t worry about it. Let it cool down and store in the fridge before serving.