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Let’s Make a Pie!

July 7, 2017

Hey kids! It’s time for the 2017 Pieathlon!

Every year at this time our friend Yinzerella over at Dinner Is Served 1972 lays down a vintage pie challenge. A group of retro food bloggers all submit pie recipes, and like a good gameshow hostess, Yinzerella spins a wheel and doles out assignments. This year, I got what’s behind Door #3! Monty Hall’s Angel Pie.

Of course, because I’m a generally unpleasant person with a vengeful streak I submitted a “Calorie-Wise Dessert” of Fluffy Lime Pies. I pity the blogger who got stuck with that.

Monty’s Angel Pie is a pretty basic recipe for a chocolate cream pie in a meringue shell. Nothing I couldn’t whip up half drunk on a Saturday night, which is exactly what I did.

With my bourbon at the ready I got baking.

The instructions were pretty basic. In fact, a little too basic in that they forgot to tell you what to do with the pecan pieces for the crust. Not that it’s hard to figure that out, but they were completely omitted from the process. So I just tossed ’em in and hoped for the best. (This is how my husband approaches our marriage.)

The crust took a little longer to cook than the recipe indicated, and perhaps I whipped up the meringue a bit longer than I should have because there was a significant volume of it, enough to fill the pie dish and a small soufflé dish.

The filling was quick and easy, but I think I fucked up a step because I read the directions of “Whip Cream” as that I was to add the whipped cream to the chocolate. Like I said, bourbon is my sous chef. ZONK!

While the filling firmed up nicely, it wasn’t as fluffy and light as it would have been if I had whipped the cream. Life is full of shoulda, woulda, couldas induced by bourbon. We move on.

Pie complete, I fed it to my unsuspecting neighbor who is a ready and willing experimentation subject. There were no complaints. He wouldn’t dare. I know where he lives.

Recipe from Cookbook of the Stars, Motion Picture Mothers, Inc., 1970


To see the posts of other entries in the Pieathlon visit their websites:

Cheese Meringue Pie at Food and Wine Hedonist

Waffle Pie at Bittersweet Susie

Chicken Sausage Pies at Dinner is Served 1972

Apple Cheese Pie at A Book of Cookrye

Lemon Raisin Pie at Dr. Bobb’s Kitschen

Nutty Caramel Pies at Grannie Pantries

Vintage Apple Pie at Recipes 4 Rebels

Rum Pie at Silverscreen Suppers

Torta di Pisatchhio at Battenburgbelle

Fluffy Lime Pie at Retro Food for Modern Times

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2017 10:07 am

    Your meringue looks amazing…maybe a little “spill” of that bourbon might have livened up the rest! It looks delicious. loved the post!

  2. July 7, 2017 3:23 pm

    “So I just tossed ’em in and hoped for the best. (This is how my husband approaches our marriage.)”

    I DIE.

    Also, drunk is the only way I get anything done in my kitchen, so don’t feel bad.

  3. July 7, 2017 5:21 pm

    From now on I will toss in pecans and hope for the best with everything. 🙂

  4. July 7, 2017 7:30 pm

    The pie looks poetic, and the last 4 sentences of this made my day.

  5. July 8, 2017 5:34 pm

    My favorite!

  6. July 8, 2017 6:06 pm

    This looks DELISH! I think your version NOT folding in the whip cream was prob a nice texture difference with the meringue crust. Also gluten hates me and I am totally going to make a version of this crust in the future! BRAVO

  7. July 11, 2017 12:51 pm

    I’m not sure I would have the same confidence as you about a chocolate cream pie in a meringue shell. Loved your “Nothing I couldn’t whip up half drunk on a Saturday night” confidence. I’m with you and Yinzerella, all my best work done in the kitchen involves booze. Your pie looked damn good. I have never heard of a meringue shell for a pie. Live and learn, every single Pieathalon, live and learn…


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