4th Annual Pie-Athon! WAFFLE PIE!! – A Vintage Recipe Test

Happy summer everyone! And happy 4th Annual Pie-A-thon. This is the longest relationship I have ever been in!

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I know I have mostly (completely) neglected this blog but the vintage recipe tests are really all anyone (Paula & Mom) care about so help me dust off those moth balls and let’s make some pie.

If you remember last year’s 3rd Annual PIE A THON then you remember that this is dangerous game we play around here. Participants submit a recipe and then are assigned a recipe that was turned in by a fellow blogger. Last year I drew the short stick and was given a pie with FISH in it. Please check it out again to see the torture I put my friends through when doing these recipe exchanges.

BUT luck was on my side this year, or at least at first glance it was, when I got my assignment of Waffle Pie. WAFFLE PIE! No fish! No organ meats! No hard to find ingredients!

This is what Poppy Crocker wrote on the recipe she submitted for the exchange:

Hi There!
These recipes are from Who’ll Do the Dishes?, compiled and published by Columbus Alumnae of Kappa Alpha Theta in April, 1960. I thought the idea for Waffle Pie sounded bonkers, but it might be good if you really love crust. That recipe mentions various possible fillings, but the one for butterscotch filling was right by it in the book, so I attached that one.
 
Whoever gets this, if you’re interested in seeing more about the book where I found this recipe, see Recipes that call for humility.
Good luck!
Poppy Crocker
Go check her post about this cook book. High brow recipes for the time with low brow grammar and spelling. I also found it very interesting that the recipes were not your usual casseroles of the day, the dump and cook of all the canned things on the shelves that were new and popular. I also LOVE that each recipe is hand written. Bunny and Mary Lou will be providing us with our recipe’s today.
HERE is the recipe we are going to tackle this year:
 
First – there is so much butter in this that I am pretty optimistic about how GOOD it is going to turn out. Second – I am not supposed to eat butter, or flour anymore (I blow up like a hot air balloon and have a strong urge to lay on the floor when I do) but hey ANYTHING FOR THE PIE A THON! And Third – I do not own a waffle iron. None of my 20 roommates own a waffle iron. MY MOTHER DOES NOT OWN A WAFFLE IRON!
I bought a brand new one for this project and was excited to get started! (for once with a vintage recipe)
Since there wasn’t a specific recipe for the crust I went to my GO TO lady on the inter webs for all recipes – Smitten Kitchen –  She has NEVER let me down!
She has a similar love for butter, and this recipe has 1 1/2 STICKS! And I will let you know now that I made the recipe as she posted, but split it into two discs. One disc was PLENTY and I made 4 dough layers from it – I have the second disc in the freezer for a rainy day or a midnight snack.
I am not going to do the step by step with the pie dough – instead go to the post linked. She gives excellent instructions and I will just muck it up. I will enforce that your butter, shortening, vodka (YES THERE IS VODKA IN THE CRUST) and water need to be ICE COLD. Trust me!
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Assemble the dough, divide it and wrap in plastic wrap and toss it in the freezer while you go to make your filling. This waffle pie can be layered with ANYTHING but I was provided with a butterscotch recipe so I stuck with that PLUS I have never made butterscotch before. FUN.
Did you know that butterscotch is essentially brown sugar and MORE BUTTER. Obviously this is going to be delish.
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Make your filling of choice and when it is nice and thick transfer it into a container that you can put into the fridge. I like to strain my fillings to get out any sugar or bits of egg that maybe didn’t get blended. Set on the counter to cool to room temp before putting into the fridge. This is a great desert to make a ahead as long as you assemble the pieces right before serving.
Next get out one of your pie discs from the freezer. I preheated my waffle iron and sprayed it with Pam. I wasn’t really sure if this was going to work but that is half the fun, right?
I divided the dough into fourths and put some flour on my handy mat to help rolling it out. As I have mentioned on previous challenges I REALLY HATE PIE DOUGH. I have never made it well and rolling it out always ruins it. So far this dough recipe was super easy.
This Bunny chick was a GENIUS with her idea of sticking the dough in the waffle iron. Why have I never done this before?!?! All my pies HENSFORTH will be made this way!
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Mine ended up taking 8 mins to cook each disk. I would check your first one every 4 mins. You will prob smell it burning if you went to far with it.
I let these bad boys cool and then packed them in a tupperware with paper towels.
My friends and recipe testers were kind enough to have me over for dinner and willing to try this CREATION.
When I got there Lisa had SNACKS waiting!
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and drinks!
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Did I mention THERE WERE DRINKS!
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I’m a one and DONE kind of girl so after this ruby perfection I was brave enough to bring out this year’s pie!
First we needed to assemble
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Start with a dough layer for the base then alternate filling with dough.
She isn’t going to win any beauty contests…
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Lisa is the best assistant EVER!
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Romantic candle light sets the mood…
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On to the TASTE TEST!!
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This is Lizette’s first year testing for the Pie A Ton. Rafa survived last year’s FISH PIE and has come back for more.
RAFA: Oh wow, it starts off as desert and finishes off as breakfast.
 
LIZ: Magical creamy textured goodness here
 
LISA: All that’s missing here is some fried chicken.
 
SUSIE: Tastes like maple syrup.
 
LIZ: This is like funnel cake’s DAD!
 
LISA: Too bad JOSH isn’t here……
 
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The verdict is that THIS IS A SMASHING success. It is pretty ugly and falls apart the minute you attempt to cut into it. Eating it family style was the way to go. (the homemade whipped cream I topped it with didn’t hurt either!)
We are already planning a birthday celebration for the girls featuring a Butterscotch Waffle Pie as well as a Banana Cream one. Of course, there will be fried chicken!
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The Pie a thon is my absolute favorite! Thank you so much for checking it out. YOU HAVE TO let me know if you try to make this pie! Send me photos! And a scoop of pie!
The BEST part about this is getting to see what other funny & creative bloggers post about – so here are the other participants in this year’s bake off: (please check back here – there are 12 of us participating and the links will be updated as soon as their entries are posted)

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

Angel Pie at Vintage Recipe Cards

PS: I like you SOOOOOO much!

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Treat Yourself – GO READ A BOOK

Hey friends. How are you? How is your stress level? How are you sleeping? Yea, me too.

Current stress levels after reading and discussing all that is going on in the world have caused me to develop a very prominent eye twitch. I hope no one has noticed.

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 It is  stressful time right now, for multiple reasons. There is work to be done – always. It seems like it is never enough. BUT if you are so stressed (that your eye twitches TOO) then you need to take care of your yourself! There are a million and one ways to do that!

• Take a walk • pick up a new hobby • exercise • walk • be creative • hang out with your friends • binge watch something FUN and silly •

My go to for turning everything off is BOOKS. Picture books, children’s books, books about other books, cooking books, pattern books, kindle books. I try to be an equal opportunist when it comes to all things BOOK. It is also a bonus for the queen of the hermits because usually this is a SOLO venture. The quiet of this activity plus taking in the info on the page is pretty much the only thing that is helping me de-stress – even if it is just a few minutes at a time.

My challenge to myself this year, or rather a version of a new years resolution is to READ ALL THE BOOKS. Obviously I cannot read ALL THE BOOKS but I am going to try to read twice as many as last year. This should not be a problem as I read books and either didn’t finish them or simply didn’t mark them down. My memory is crap and until it is documented somewhere I just do not remember.

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There goes that eye twitch again.

So to aid me on this literary adventure was a link my mom sent me (HI MOM!):

Pop Sugar 2017 Reading Challenge

I don’t read pop sugar often and in general I am not much of a joiner but this list of book prompts is kind of awesome. A book about someone you admire, a book in a genre you are unfamiliar with, A BOOK WITH A CAT ON THE COVER. These topic suggestions run all over the place and are completely open to interpretation. It has really gotten me excited to venture out to some books I would have normally never read as I like to hang almost exclusively in the memoirs/autobiography/biography section.

The only problem I had was with their printable sheet. It was impossible to read and to scribble notes on so I made you a NEW ONE!

2017 Book Challenge Worksheet

Feel free to share it, save it, print it, keep a crumpled up copy with you at all times! I have a few that I scribble on and move my to reads around to different spots.

Another great fun resource for this is a group on Goodreads –  book suggestions and to read lists for all the topics you may not be familiar with. What the heck is a STEAMPUNK NOVEL? I guess I will use this awesome group to find out.

If you aren’t on goodreads I highly recommend it. It is a great resource for finding your next favorite book.

I also like to look to A Mighty Girl for book suggestions. They are separated in category by age but there is a 14+ section I like to check through.

While 40 + books looks like a heck of a lot for one year, with all the life happenings that need to be taken care of day to day, that shouldn’t detour you from at least trying to tackle a couple. Use to the list suggestions to find a book you may never would have tried otherwise!

I am going to try my best to get through the list, I am already 4 down, but I am just happy to ride along on this literary vacation. Join me!

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HOMEWORK:

• What are you currently reading now

• Share with us your book recommendations that might fit into the categories

• Friend me on goodreads!

 

A VERY Bitter Christmas!

Hi Gang! We are almost in the home stretch.

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In my family Christmas is a casual affair. We get together on Christmas Eve, draw names for a gift exchange, eat until we can’t move and are in bed by 9! Christmas day we just eat leftovers in pjs. I usually eat candy for breakfast to really keep with the manic sugar fuel frenzy that some of us get when we go all in to the holiday spirit.

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What are your traditions?

Today is my BAKING MARATHON DAY! I am pretty excited about it. Also, I have pretty much watched EVERY holiday movie and special there is, some of them twice (I am looking at you White Christmas). I, as I do every year, had GREAT PLANS for all the crafty things I was going to make and per usual I did almost NONE of them. Typical. There is always next year!

I DID manage to make these cute mid century putz-style glitter house inspired from a tutorial on Retro Renovation. It is one of my FAVORITE blogs if you have not had the chance to check it out.

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I also made these HOMEMADE Vanilla Extract that I posted here a few days ago. Look at me posting TWICE in the same month.

And as a HOLIDAY Tradition here on the blog I have for you the 2016 Bittersweet Christmas Playlist! I had a theme going for a minute. First a Country Christmas, then it was a bluesy Christmas and now it is just A RANDOM CHRISTMAS! Like our year this playlist has some ups, some downs, and some total turds! Not everything can be the best thing you ever heard, right? I will be listening today while I finish up (or start) wrapping, and baking, and meditating on being the MOST FESTIVE I can be!

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Cheers to a great Holiday!

No homework! CHRISTMAS VACATION!