The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Pineapple chiffon pie

*A special note to Chris: This recipe calls for softened gelatin*

What you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 c sugar, divided
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 c pineapple, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 c cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (4 oz) pkg gelatin softened in 1/4 c water (stir gelatin and water together and allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes)
  • 1 (9″) pie crust, baked and cooled

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the egg yolks, 1/2 c sugar, lemon juice, cream, salt, pineapple chunks and vanilla until it is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in softened gelatin. Allow to cool. Beat the egg whites until fluffy and then gradually beat in the remaining 1/2 c sugar until stiff peaks form.* Fold into cooled custard. Pour into cooled pie crust and chill for at least one hour. Serve each slice topped with whipped cream. Makes 1 pie.

*If you allow the egg whites to come to room temperature, they will beat up much fluffier.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
sugar – $2.42
lemons – $1.99/4
pineapple – $1.09
cream – $1.12
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
gelatin – $0.99
frozen pie shells (2) – $1.88
Total – $4.58

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February 12, 2010 Posted by | -fruit dishes, -pies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just a tip

If a recipe calls for “softened gelatin” or “quick gelatin”,  that just means you soak the gelatin in 1/2 – 1/4 cup of cold water before you make the recipe.

January 23, 2010 Posted by | TIPS | | 4 Comments

Cranberry gelatin dessert

A pretty gelatin dessert filled with lots of good stuff.

What you’ll need:

1 can jellied cranberry sauce
1 can pitted dark sweet cherries, drained
1 can crushed pineapple with juice
1 pkg cherry gelatin
2 c boiling water
1 c chopped pecans

In a medium saucepan over low heat melt the cranberry sauce. Cut the cherries into pieces and add them to the melted sauce. Stir in the pineapple and it’s juice. Remove mixture from heat. In a medium bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin. Stir until all gelatin is dissolved. Add the gelatin mixture to the cranberry mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the nuts. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch pan and chill until set, usually about an hour. Makes 12 servings.

Cost:
cranberry sauce – $1.19
cherries – $1.12
crushed pineapple – $1.09
gelatin – $0.99
pecans – $3.00
Total – $7.39

December 26, 2008 Posted by | -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cranberry-pineapple minis

Made quick and easy in muffin cups!

What you’ll need:

1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, in juice
2 pkg raspberry flavored gelatin
1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce
2/3 c walnut pieces
1 apple, chopped

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add enough water to the juice to bring it up to 2 ½ cups. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Put gelatin in a large bowl and pour the boiled juice mixture over it. Stir 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Stir in pineapple, cranberry sauce, walnuts and apple. Spoon into 24 paper lined muffin cups. Refrigerate 2 ½ hours or until firm. Remove liners. Makes 24.

Cost:
crushed pineapple – $1.09
gelatin – $0.99
cranberry sauce – $1.19
walnuts – $2.00
apples – $2.25/bag
Total – $6.51

December 14, 2008 Posted by | -fruit dishes, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment