Kook's Korner: Pie Me

by Robrt L. Pela

Okay. I know I said I’d bring you a recipe for Ring Around the Fruit Mold, but after flipping through The New Joys of Jell-O, I came across this one for Pink Lady Pie. I don’t care what this tastes like; the name is brilliant, and so I had to reproduce it here.

Remember when Dream Whip came in an envelope? Remember when Jell-O was a dessert, and not a punchline? If so, you’re old.

I love that this one includes grenadine. I guess it’s what makes this recipe “classy.” And a recipe that calls for “any red flavor” of Jell-O always gets my vote.


3 egg yolks, slightly beaten 1 cup water ¼ cup sugar 1 package 3 oz. Jell-O Gelatin, any red flavor ½ cup cold water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup (optional) 1 envelope Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix 3 egg whites Dash of salt ¼ cup sugar 1 baked 9-inch pie shell

Combine egg yolks and 1 cup water in top of double boiler. Add ¼ cup sugar; mix well. Cook and stir over boiling water until mixture coats spoon, stirring constantly. Remove ½ cup cold water, the lemon juice, and grenadine. Chill until thickened.

Prepare whipped topping mix as directed on package. Beat egg whites and salt until foamy throughout. Add sugar, beating thoroughly after each addition. Continue beating until mixture forms soft, rounded peaks. Fold into gelatin mixture. Fold in 1 cup of the prepared whipped topping. Chill again, if necessary, until mixture will mount. Spoon into pie shell. Chill until firm—about four hours. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and chocolate curls.

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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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