Thursday, January 08, 2009

Tasty Thursday- Tropical Pie

Welcome to Tasty Thursday. It is my plan to post a new recipe that I have tried each Thursday.
I love old cookbooks. Especially the ones from the 1950's. They are always so colorful and bright and the photos of the food make my mouth water.

Look at the cover of this book:

Don't you just want to kiss that little fellows chubby cheeks? And those doughnuts! Don't even get me started on doughnuts as they are one of my weaknesses. This cookbook was put out by Crisco in 1949. There are so many yummy sounding recipes in it that I had a hard time deciding which one to make. However, when I saw the picture of the tropical pie, I knew that was the one.

Tropical Pie:

1- 9" baked pie shell (I used the pillsbury ones, because they are better than MY homemade)

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/4 tea salt

1 1/4 cup milk

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup orange juice*

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon grated orange rind

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind


3 egg whites

1/4 cup sugar

Maraschino cherries

shredded cocoanut**

Combine sugar, flour, salt and milk. Cook over hot water until thick. (about 20 minutes). Beat egg yolks and a little of the hot milk muxture and return to the first mixture stirring constantly. When thick remove from heat. (about 5 minutes.) and add orange juice, lemon juice and grated rind. Place in the baked shell.

When filling is cool, top with meringue made by beating egg whites with sugar until stiff peaks form. Place of pie and decorate with cocoanut and cherries. NOTE: I put the pie back in the oven on 400 degrees and cooked my meringue until lightly brown, about 5 minutes.

* I used a fruit called minneola's instead of oranges. They are a cross between a tangerine and a grapfruit.

** I did not use the cocoanut.

This pie was absolutely delicious! It was very light with a more citrusy flavor than just a lemon pie. It would be perfect for a hot summer day.

Hope you give it a try!