History of Funeral Pie - Raisin Pie - Rosina Pie
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The probable reason was that this pie could be made at any season and kept well when prepared a day or two before the funeral. It does not need refrigeration. Some recipes include milk, making it more like a custard pie, and others include water, but they all seem to agree on the necessity of a double-crusted pie, usually with a lattice top.
pie traditionally is served at funerals of Old Order Mennonites and Amish .