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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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!









3rd Annual PIE A THON – Star Gazy Pie – A Vintage Recipe Test

I have been neglecting you dear blog. I don’t have any excuse other than I have just felt very unfunny lately. No-one wants to hear vague complaining and passive aggressive sadness – That’s what Facebook is for.

Luckily, I have the lovely Pie A Thon to drop kick my butt back into it. Nothing is funnier than watching people you care about eat something from a long forgotten mid-century recipe that never should have been made in the first place! I do that AND THEN take photos of it for everyone to cherish.

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I was assigned Star Gazy Pie – 1954 – Pan Am Airways

Along with a little background info –

This is from The Complete Round-the-World Cookbook, published by Pan Am Airways in 1954 (the cover’s not as interesting as the route map they used for the end papers so that’s what I’m sending). They had their various employees get recipes from everywhere Pan Am sent planes to and compiled them into a book, sorting them all by country. This is from the UK chapter. 

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So, I was excited. My eyes read BACON and then stopped. Literally just DID NOT SEE ANY OTHER PART OF THE RECIPE.

You guys, there is fish in it. I do not DO fish. I seem to get ASSIGNED fish fairly often though *cough Vincent Price Cook-along cough*. 

Who was I going to get to try said pie? Where was I going to buy this little fishy ingredient? HOW AM I GOING TO TOUCH FISH. My dad, being the most helpful, told me that I could go try to catch them off the dock in Oxnard. Swell, And for those of you who are not familiar with this little California seaside town, eating anything caught off the dock in Oxnard MAAAYYYY not be the greatest idea. Because of this Magic/barftastic ingredient I totally put the whole thing off until the day before it was due. Ahhh, high school memories.

I did have ONE friend who agreed to eat it! “I like mackerel!” He said! “I will still be your friend even AFTER I eat the pie!” He said! “I will eat the WHOLE THING!” He said! I should have gotten that in WRITING. Remind me that for the next recipe exchange, will ya? You’re a peach.

Before we dive in to the whole recipe, cooking show, barf reaction shots I need to confess something to you. I didn’t find the mackerel. I only went to ONE STORE the day I needed to cook it and they just didn’t have it. I was kinda HOPING they wouldn’t and I did ask (and received a WHY WOULD YOU WANT THAT face from the butcher) so I had to substitute it with Cod. To me having to cook ANY fish is gross. I am sure the cod is LESS GROSS in the world of fish but as I am typing this to you right now I can smell hint of fish lingering in the air and I just do not care for it. Cooking fish is my kryptonite. Bleh. I also didn’t find Tarragon Vinegar. Can someone please enlighten me to whether this product is still made and WHAT you would want it for.

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So the recipe called for tarragon vinegar. They did not have that so I made a bootleg version that prob didn’t even do anything flavor wise. Ladies and gentleman – dried tarragon in white vinegar. I am sure if I did my homework ahead of time and actually let this steep for more than the 15 mins I had it going it might resemble this ingredient but homework is hard. Such a slacker!

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Butter and add half of the recipes allotment of breadcrumbs to a casserole dish. No specification as to what size so I used this pyrex. I also used some parchment paper because NO FISH IS GOING TO TOUCH THIS PAN, ya dig? Also maybe this is a grand time to preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

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Next, the best part of all the vintage recipes. Butter. Glorious butter.

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I have the butter going and THEN I remembered I wanted to cook the bacon first, you know to get all the bacon goodness on to the evil fish. So…

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I put the bacon INTO the melted butter. Evil genius/total idiot. Cook the bacon sort of ( half cook it because you are gonna dry it all to hell when it goes into the oven FOREVER). I love you bacon.

THEN lightly brown the fish (I used cod – pretend it’s THE OTHER FISH)

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Then chop some parsley – and add your spices and salt and pepper. WARNING: I should have SKIPPED the salt in this step. They asked for a lot! Not totally sure why all of a sudden I decided to be a rule follower. Too much fucking salt.

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Put the fish in your dish!
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Add the remaining breadcrumbs. Seems like too many breadcrumbs.

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Mix egg yolks with the “tarragon” vinegar. Everyone gets in the pool.
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I made the dough in the food processor. I hate making pie dough. HAAATTTE –  usually I cheat and buy one. See examples here and here for past pie dough crimes.

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I hate you too rolling pin. HATE.

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This beast is ready to go into the oven for 1 3/4 hours. Yea. Almost 2 hours to just really DRY THE PISS out of it. Also, look how damn festive I am.

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We also had this plan B, plus sausages. Don’t look at me like that.3rd Annual Pie A Thon

Family dinner is set. Clearly we made other things and are not relying on this pie to sustain us.

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This is Jeff. She is forced to wait in the yard while we do our scientific experiments!

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In a surprise turn of events everyone took a little to try. Two of these lovely people are essentially vegan but were willing to try it for the cause/blog.

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Josh: Tastes Scandinavian (I’m Norwegian) Tastes Minnesotian – It’s really good with ketchup.

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Stefania: (who is normally vegan!) BLEHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Tony: It’s VERY British – Lemon makes it a little better. If it was bacon & egg OR bacon & fish it would work. One of the ingredients isn’t playing together.

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Lisa: Agreed! (with tony)

3rd Annual Pie A ThonRafa: Second bite was the seasoned bit.

Josh: (Whispering) Try it with ketchup.

Lisa: It’s VERY salty.

Rafa: You all sound very British right now.

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Susie: (I don’t usually try these experiments) It’s fine, it’s edible.

Josh: I like it!

We didn’t give any to Jeff, even though she seemed interested.

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Verdict: So very dry, so very salty, but edible. The bacon helped but the lack of moisture plus the ton of breadcrumbs ruined this dish. Josh liked it and requested the recipe. I always think I make these things wrong in the end.

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I love doing these recipe exchanges! Please check out what my fellow explorers had to cook up!

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Thanks for stopping by friends – here is your homework:

• Would YOU make this pie?

• What makes this a pie? The crust?

• Do you have a recipe that everyone hates but that you love with ketchup?

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Gobble Gobble

I totally cancelled Thanksgiving this year. Skipping it. I had this romantic ideal of getting in the car and going on a spontaneous road trip, eating Thanksgiving at a truck stop but then I remembered that I REALLY like stuffing. And Pie. And Gravy. DAMMNIT – Thanksgiving is back on!

Plus dear friends, I promised you the annual Thanksgiving playlist, and I hate to go back on a promise.

Why wait any longer – here is the Bittersweet Susie 2015 Playlist!

And for those of you cooking all day – here is a compilation of THREE YEARS of Thanksgiving playlist tunes. You know who loves you, right??

Thanksgiving Cooking Marathon

If you subscribe to my spotify channel you get get access to these playlists BEFORE they get posted to the blog. VIP ALL THE WAY.

I also have a Vintage Recipe test for you all – it’s a good one! And not in a SO BAD IT’S GOOD – but a “this is tasty and easy and thank you recipe writer from 1962.”

My mother has one of those little brand advertising recipe pamphlets from the early 60’s that she has had as long as I can remember. She hides it so none of us kids can “borrow” it. There are some recipes in there that we will accept NO SUBSTITUTE – they are the base for a lot of family celebrations and fond childhood memories.

I think a lot of these little pamphlets were considered freebees and throwaways but a lot of great recipes and artwork are in these little suckers. I have quite a collection going for me. But this ONE Eagle Brand my mom has is no where to be found. The hunt shall continue.

I needed to make a Pumpkin Pie for our office potluck. I picked out some fancy pants epicurious recipe – which I am sure would have been FAB but also contained 87 ingredients and an equal number of steps. My mom, being the smartest lady on the planet said “Fuck That!” and gave me a photo copy of a Pumpkin Pie recipe from her magical Eagle Brand book. Moms are the BEST, wouldn’t you agree?

Bittersweet Susie Thanksgiving 2015

Magic Pumpkin Pie

(Makes one 9-inch pie)

  • 1 unbaked 9 inch pastry shell
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a large-sized bowl, blend together all ingredients. Turn into shell. Bake in moderate (375 degrees) over 50-55 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.


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The main ingredients are canned pumpkin and a whole can of sweetened condenced milk. I am already slightly concerned BUT my coworkers are good sports (they have tested a vintage recipe for me before) so I continue on.

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Looking a little better. I didn’t have all those spices separately so I just dumped a heap of pumpkin pie spice in there. Clearly this is an exact science.

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That’s more like it…

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A word about crust. I hate it. I find traditional pie crust to be a complete waste of butter and I am not interested in rolling anything out with a rolling pin. Fuck. That. I cheated and bought a frozen crust.


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Looks good to me!

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Pie cooling on this awesome window ledge that I am convinced was designed SPECIFICALLY for this task. And on to the test:

My coworkers are brave souls- really! And totally game with the vintage recipe tests. I ask my subjects to be brutally honest. Some have no problem while others don’t like hurting my feelings. DO IT FOR SCIENCE PEOPLE.

Ashley: “I really like it.” REALLY? “Yea, it’s really good. I wouldn’t change a thing”

Karli: Reminds me of sweet ground – the depth of the flavors.

Ali : *having it with Reddi Whip* “hmmmmm a lot of spice, which I really like – but not overwhelming. It’s kinda fluffy. It’s good, it’s one of the most flavorful pumpkin pies I have ever had.”

Danielle: “It’s really good – and tell them I’m fat so I should know!”

Gretchen: “This is really good. I am normally not a huge fn of pumpkin pie but I would eat this for sure!”

Lori: (surprised) “It’s good! It’s really good! It tastes as good as a store bought pie but it isn’t as dry. It tastes whipped!”

Holly: “It’s deliciouso!”

Kevin: “It was good but I am not the best person to ask – I use it primarily as a whip cream delivery system.”

I tried it too folks, I was skeptical and I am PICKY about desserts, and it WAS GOOD. It took 5 mins to whip up and then bake. hands down the easiest dessert I have ever made. I hope this helps you if you need a last minute dessert to take to your Aunt Martha’s house. I promise not to tell her you didn’t make the crust.


If you would like to see past Thanksgiving posts check out 2013 and 2014 here. Please subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post (when I remember to post)


I am certainly thankful for you readers and friends! Have a great weekend.


You still have homework though:

• What is your parent’s or grandparent’s go to cookbook?

• Do you have a dish that is your favorite family tradition for Thanksgiving?

• What are your kitchen tricks you don’t tell anyone about?