Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oh My, Oh My, It's Frozen Pie!

Tomorrow is YARD WORK DAY here at The Wright Place!  My Man has promised food to the brave souls who would dare to assist him in taming the jungle that has overtaken our backyard.  As the temperatures promise to be in the 80s tomorrow, I thought a frozen pie or two would be in order.

I found the following recipe in a nifty new cookbook I snatched up at a used bookstore recently.
It's called Sweety Pies
(Click on the title for more information from
I just love the subtitle...
Author Patty Pinner says, "What a woman cooks is a window into her womanly personality--what she thinks, how she behaves, how she feels about herself and the people she cooks for."  Ms. Pinner introduces us to a number of ladies in her life, characters all, and with each introduction and story you get PIE!  It's a beautiful book.  You gotta love the used bookstore!  I snagged my copy for about 1/3 of the cover price which, of course, makes my copy of Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, with Pie that much more beautiful.

When I turned to page 105, I met Miss Mattie Clyde Parker and her Frozen Citrus Pie.  Come on, let me make the introductions... (recipe located at the end of the post).

First place a can of sweetened condensed milk in the freezer, it needs to chill a bit.  While you are in the freezer (well not in the freezer actually, but putting the evaporated milk in...) get out a can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 
or frozen lemonade concentrate or any frozen citrus concentrate
 (Cool huh? I enjoy having options.)
Let the juice set out, it needs to warm up a bit.

Next, the crust.  It's of the typical graham cracker sort.

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs mixed with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter.
Press into a 9-inch pie plate.  Chill in freezer while you make the filling. This pie plate was my Grandma's, it has had quite a career.

In a medium sized bowl combine an 8 ounce container of Cool Whip,

the chilled 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, and 

...HALF of the 12 Oz can of frozen juice concentrate.

Fold those ingredients together until filling is smooth and creamy, not runny.  Pour into chilled crust (after you remove it from the freezer.  It would be difficult to fill a pie crust while in a freezer (the pie crust of course, not you--in the freezer, that is)).

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer.  Freeze for several hours or overnight.

We made two of these lovelies, a lemon and an orange. You will need to remove the pie from the freezer about ten minutes before you wish to serve it so that it can soften.  I know this because, we decided to use about 2/3 of the lemon pie to celebrate a baseball victory after tonight's game.  It was delish! (The pie, that is, the game wasn't bad either!) The orange one and 1/3 of the lemon one await tomorrow's Heroes of the Jungle!

"Miss Mattie Clyde Parker's Frozen Citrus Pie"
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1-8 oz. container Cool Whip
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk, chilled
1-6 oz. (or 1/2 of a 12 oz.) can frozen citrus concentrate (any flavor), thawed



G'ma suz said...

You never cease to amaze me. All this serving to your family and the "jungle troops" too. I would not even make it to the used book store much less find a cook book or look inside
it after I got it home. My responsibilities are much less time consuming but then I do have ONE precious extra this week and that does require several trips across the street. Love MOM

Lori said...

ok ... I trust you. I put my copy on hold at the library. Then I'll scan and assemble. lol Just call me cheap .... or is that really .. a missionary! Love ya guys!

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