Aloha Meringue Pie: #Pieathalon Hawaii-Style

FullSizeRender 1 300x209 Aloha Meringue Pie: #Pieathalon Hawaii StyleMad Men style baking has been underway for the 2018 #Pieathalon, hosted by Dinner is Served 1972. Bloggers select pie recipes from pre-1990 cookbooks,  submit recipes and bake fellow pieathletes’ chosen recipes.

Over twenty bloggers baked, including Mad Men party bloggers Eliot’s Eats, Silver Screen Suppers and Velveteen Lounge Kitchen, who (we are not surprised to learn!) sent our Aloha pie  Aloha Meringue Pie: #Pieathalon Hawaii Stylerecipe, from Prudence Penny’s House of Values Tested Recipes.

Prudence Penny was a pen name for multiple food writers, authors from Hearst newspapers across the country.  “Prudence” wrote columns, recipe and cookbooks, and provided household advice. Kimberly Wilmot Voss, author of The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community, explains that “because it would have been expensive to wire recipes around the country, there were different ‘Prudence Penny’ reporters at the individual Hearst newspapers.”

We’ve written about America’s infatuation with Hawaii in the late 50s and early 60s on our blog and in The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Hawaii gained statehood in 1959, and as statehood approached and for years thereafter, Americans were simply gaga for anything that smacked of these exotic Pacific islands half way between Japan and the mainland.

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Meghan enjoys a Blue Hawaii on the beach in Waikiki

We were excited for this Aloha Meringue Pie, but not sure of the origin. We asked Hawaii food blogger Deb of Kahakai Kitchen if she’d heard of such Aloha Pie and she had not (she did mention Hawaiian Millionaire’s Pie and Hula Pie, and those are now on our future pie list).
The Aloha is essentially a lemon  Aloha Meringue Pie: #Pieathalon Hawaii Stylemeringue pie with a few twists: first, a meringue crust is swapped for the topping. A hot, humid day in August was not the best to attempt the Aloha meringue crust. A lemon meringue pie style filling, with the addition of crushed pineapple tops the meringue, followed by an layer of whipped cream with flaked coconut,  and a final topping of crushed pineapple.

The pie, as we expected was very sweet and rich, and it didn’t exactly take us to the tropics! We cut the sugar in half throughout the recipe and it was still very sweet. We opted for canned crushed pineapple and coconut flakes for 60s authenticity, but if making again, we would use fresh pineapple and coconut to boost the flavor.FullSizeRender 300x225 Aloha Meringue Pie: #Pieathalon Hawaii Style

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Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en

We loved this chance to learn about undiscovered vintage cookbooks and recipes and to check out all the pies! Aloha and Maholo, Dinner is Served 1972, Velveteen Lounge Kitchen, and fellow Pieathletes!