Ladieeees and gentlemen…it’s that time o’ year again. The time where we put our pies in the sky…or at least the cloud….and celebrate Pieathalon IV. I am celebrating this year with a recipe from Mandee over at https://vintagerecipecards.com/ called Fluffy Lime Pie. This year, there are 12 bakers in the field, or as our beloved organiser Yinzerella called us, The Dirty Dozen! All pie assignments are at the bottom of this post so please visit all the other bloggers and bakers!. John from The Food and Wine Hedonist got my assignment so please pay him a visit, if only to commiserate. There were two versions, I can’t wait to see which one he chose!
Five Things You Need To Know About Fluffy Lime Pie
- First up. For a vintage recipe Fluffy Lime Pie is weirdly modernly deconstructed in that it is not so much a pie as…..well, it’s a whole heap of filling with a sprinkle of crumbs on top. Which is fine by me. I’m all about the filling. In fact this could be my perfect pie!
- Fluffy Lime pie is perfectly, ridiculously, gloriously vintage in name alone, if nothing else. No one today is making a Fluffy anything. Personally, I blame that bastian of 1980’s cocktails the Fluffy Duck which pretty much ruined the reputation of Fluffy food for good. Today my friends we are bucking that trend and putting Fluffy food back where it belongs! Viva le revolution.
- For those of you, like myself who are carrying a few extra winter kilos? This one is definitely for you. For the Fluffy Lime Pie weighs (pun totally intended) in at less than 100 calories per serve!
- We don’t have Graham crackers in Australia so I used a mix of crushed up Marie biscuits, ground ginger and a little bit of cinnamon for my “crust”.
- Here is a Fluffy Lime Pie from 1975!
And here is mine:
I am utterly dumbfounded that this recipe worked. I honestly did not think I would have a pie to show. Why? Well the base of Fluffy Lime Pie is whipped skim evaporated milk. Which, in my head should not whip. Because isn’t’ it the fat in cream that makes it whip? And doesn’t low-fat evap by it’s very definition not have fat to whip?
By the way, the word whip appears in this post more times than it does in Fifty Shades. Trigger warning disclaimer over. Let’s get whipping!
So anyway, I put a flower pot on my head, Devo Style and whipped up my evap and lo and behold, it whipped up good!
Next up, some low-fat lime jello needed to be whipped up with some hot water and ice cubes.
For your own safety do not add ice cubes into the bowl of your stand mixer. The first ice-cube will hit the blade, fly out of the bowl and smack you right in the eye. Which should be enough for most people. However, if you
a) are undaunted by a pending black eye
b) like to live on the edge
c) have never heard of the phrase “once bitten, twice shy”
By all means add a second ice-cube into the mix. It too will fly out of the bowl, this time missing your face but startling one of the dogs.
It’s about this time you should realise that whipping those ice cubes should probably be done by hand! Taking out your trusty whisk, you can pause to wonder briefly how long it’s going to take for these ice cubes to melt? Is this a ploy to make you exercise and hence enhance the low calorific benefits of the Fluffy Lime Pie?
It actually didn’t take very long at all. Then, yep, you guessed it. More whipping….
Then you add the milk back in and….
A few minutes later you have this:A few more additions, sugar, lemon juice and zest and you are done!
You can now swap the whipping for a bit of grinding…
And after you are done with that you can crush up some biscuits and sprinkle them over the top!
This is so pretty!!! The pale green colour is gorgeous! And the fluffy texture with the crumb is delicious!
The downside is that metallic taste that comes from the artificial sweetener in the low cal jello. Personally, if I were to make this again…I would use regular jelly and not add the sugar at the end. Here’s the recipe in case you want to have a try!
Thank you Mandee for the recipe, this was a blast, so much fun! Thank you as always Yinzerella for the invite and thanks to all the other bloggers who make this such a great annual event! Same time next year?
The Dirty Dozen Pieathletes:
- Savoury Pie at The Food and Wine Hedonist
- Apple Cheese Pie at A Book of Cookrye
- Nutty Caramel Pie at Grannie Pantries
- Old-Timey Apple Pie at Recipes4Rebels
- Rum Pie at Silver Screen Suppers
- Chicken and Sausage Pie at Dinner Is Served 1972
- Waffle Pie at Bittersweet Susie
- Angel Pie at Vintage Recipe Cards
- Lemon Raisin Pie at Dr. Bobb’s Kitschen
- Torta di Pisatchhio at Battenburgbelle
PS – The tablecloth above may also contain a little hint as to where I’ll be this time next week! I’ll be away for around a month and will not be blogging but please follow me on Insta to see trip pics!
See you in August!