It's October and because Halloween's coming up later this month, I wanted to bake something, well, a little grim (but still tasty). I came across a very old recipe for an Amish Funeral Pie and was intrigued. The article explained that the Amish traditionally brought this pie to the grieving family because it kept for several days and the ingredients could be found year-round. The pie is very sweet and the idea was that its taste would temporarily distract folks from their grief.
This is not a pie for you if you hate raisins. This is definitely a raisin-lovers' pie and even though this recipe is more modern than the original one I found in an old cookbook, it does bear a resemblance to mincemeat pies.
Anyway, the whole theme of this pie raises this question. Is there a certain food that brings you comfort when you're sad?