Week 19 - Florida Pie
We were having guests over for dinner so I wanted to make a special dessert and complete a recipe for my cookbook challenge. This time I chose a recipe from the cookbook "Retro Baking: 100 Classic Contest Winers Updated for Today" by Maureen Fischer, published in 2004. This book is full of all sorts of different baking recipes including pies, breads and cakes. After looking through the book, I decided on the recipe for Florida Pie. While looking through some of my other vintage cookbooks, I learned that Florida Pie is another name for an orange chiffon pie.
To start, I pre-baked a pie shell. The dough recipe was pretty standard, but with finely chopped walnuts added to the mixture. Once the the pie shell was baked and cooling, I started on the filling.
The filling consisted of orange juice concentrate, water, egg yolks, gelatine and sugar, simmered on the stove, until it made sort of a custard. After that had cooled I folded merengue into the orange mixture and then spooned the mixture into the pie shell.
Once the filling fully set up, I topped it with whipped cream and chopped walnuts.
The resulting pie was sweet, light and airy. The only issue was that we thought the orange flavor didn't come through as strongly as we had hoped. I would make this again but next time add some orange oil or orange zest to the filling to make the flavor a bit stronger.
Cookbook: "Retro Baking: 100 Classic Contest Winners Updated for Today" by Maureen Fischer, published in 2004
Recipe: Florida Pie
Results: Very good, but would have liked more orange flavor to come through
Make Again: Yes, but next time I would add orange oil or orange zest for more flavor