Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pink of Perfection Pie

You know how much I enjoy cooking. I'm always looking for new or unique recipes and often find that older recipes and cookbooks have some of the best recipes. I recently came across a dessert that I'm so eager to try. The Pink-of-Perfection Pie was Good Housekeeping's dessert of the month in March 1965.

The fact that this pie is pink makes it even more delightful. It would be a perfect part of a pink party for a shower or birthday. There are a few shortcuts that may be helpful such as using a packaged pie crust (I like the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts in a pinch) and using whipped cream.

Here is the recipe copied from Good Housekeeping that I want to share with you.

1. Make, from favorite recipe, or label of packaged piecrust mix, 1 8-inch pie shell with high fluted edge; bake, then cool thoroughly.
2. Meanwhile, in double-boiler top, combine 4 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatine and 1/3 cup granulated sugar; then add 4 egg yolks and beat slightly. Now stir in 1/2 cup creme de noyaux liqueur and 1/4 cup white creme de cacao; then cook, over boiling water, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens~ about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir until cool~ about 10 minutes. Then stir in a few drops of liquid red food color to tint it a deep pink.
3. In a large bowl beat 4 egg whites until frothy; then add 1/4 teaspoon salt and beat until soft peaks are formed. Now gradually beat in 1/4 cup granulated sugar.
4. Now whip 1 cup heavy or whipping cream until stiff; pour onto beaten egg whites; then gently pour on pink gelatine mixture; using rubber spatula, gently fold mixtures together. Refrigerate mixture 30 minutes or until mixture mounds when dropped from spoon. Then, using a rubber spatula, lightly pile gelatine mixture into the baked pie shell. Refrigerate again.
About 30 minutes before serving:
Whip 1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream and use in decorating bag, with decorating tube number 30 in place, to make design, as pictured. Regrigerate until it is time to serve, cut into 8 wedges, then garnish with fresh fruits.
~ Virginia V. Voboril

Looks delicious! Where do you find your favorite recipes? Do you enjoy looking at old magazines? In this issue of Good Housekeeping, there is a feature article about Jackie Kennedy and so much great fashion. Even the ads are interesting to me.


  1. I love this kind of retro dessert! Looks yummy!

  2. I love looking at old recipes... and you know that saying, everything old is new again, right!?

    I have an entire book case filled with my grandmother's cook books. I keep meaning to do a blog post/book entry about them. I think you've inspired me to do so!

  3. Sounds yummy & that is a pie Lilly would approve of!

  4. Where did you find a magazine from the 60s? Too cool!

  5. I am a terrible cook/baker/etc. HOWEVER, that being said...I have the most success with recipes from the Southern Lady magazine. For some reason they always seem to work out for me :) Oh, and they are usually quite lovely as well!

  6. Thats so awesome!!
    new follower

  7. That looks awesome!! :) Wherever did you find the old Good Housekeeping Magazine???? I often wonder if I should keep my GH mags... I love the recipes, but never have time to try them all out or add them to my recipe box. Most of my fav recipes come from going through my mom's recipe box and/or calling up my aunts. I also like recipes from Real Simple magazine and my "go-to" cookbook- The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer.
    Let us know how that pie turns out if you make it!! :)



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