Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Want some pie? Course ya do!

For the first recipe post of 2019, we turn to this spiralbound booklet from 50 years ago — "Prize Winning PIE RECIPES from the All Ohio Electric Bake-A-Rama PIE & CAKE BAKING CONTEST."

This was part of the Ohio State Fair in the summer of 1969, and it was sponsored by "Your Investor-Owned Utilities."

Types of pies included in this publication are: apple, blueberry, cherry, fiesta, lemon, mince meat, peach, pumpkin, raisin, raisin-walnut, raspberry and rhubarb. Apple, cherry and peach pies have the most recipes.

I'm going to post Mrs. Rose Etta Blackwood's recipe for Fiesta Pie, because we like to veer away from the common and toward the unique here on Papergreat. It's the only Fiesta Pie recipe in the booklet.

Filling (makes 10" pie)
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 package (16 oz.) frozen strawberries, thawed and drained (reserve 1/4 cup syrup)
  • 1 can (1 lb., 4 1/2 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1/2 cup shred coconut
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Slice bananas into bowl, add drained strawberries and 1/4 cup of strawberry syrup, pineapple chunks, coconut and lemon juice. Stir together sugar, tapioca and salt. Mix lightly with fruit mixture. Spoon into prepared pie shell.

  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 7 tablespoons cold water

Measure flour and salt in mixing bowl. Thoroughly cut in shortening. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork after each addition. Mix until all flour is moistened. Shape into ball; divide in half. Roll out one half of dough and gently fit into pan. Roll out remaining dought and cut slits in it. Place on filling. Fold under excess pastry, even with edge of plate. Pinch with fingers to form a high standing collar. Flute edge. Cover edge with 2" strips of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil last 15 minutes of baking. Bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. Serve at room temperature.

If anyone makes and enjoys this one, let us know in the comments how it went. Rose Etta would probably love to know, too.

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