August 19, 2012: Blended Prune Pie

I’m glad this book still has its (tattered) dust jacket, otherwise I’d have no idea why Ruth Ellen Church is the author of Mary Meade’s Magic Recipes for the Electric Blender. Turns out, according to this book’s flap copy, that Church is Meade, although there’s no explanation printed here about why she used a pseudonym as author of a syndicated food column in the 1950s.

Probably the author didn’t want to put her real name on recipes like Codfish Delight or Party Avocado Mold, which sounds more like a dampness problem than a festive side dish. The gimmick here was that Fifties housewives could use their then-newly popular electric blenders to make every course of each meal they prepared. The best section is the desserts chapter, which is oddly placed at the front of the book and wherein Meade—I mean Church—goes batshit with soft, creamy confections, among them Nesselrode Pudding and something called Fluffy Prune Pie, one of the few recipes that includes a caveat (“…cut the pieces small!”) that’s possibly code for “This dessert causes diarrhea!”


Rich stuff, so cut the pieces small!

Place in blender:

¼ cup orange juice

1 small piece lemon rind

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Blend until rind is grated. Without stopping blender, add gradually

1 pound of pitted prunes, cooked until very soft

Blend smooth. Add

 1 cup walnuts or pecans

 Blend a few seconds to chop. Pour into mixing bowl and mix in

 ¾ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

 Beat until stiff, then fold in

 2 egg whites

 Pour into baked 9-inch pie shell and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. When cool, top with whipped cream to which you have added 2 drops almond extract. Pie is rich and sweet, so I prefer not to sweeten whipped cream for it.        

 Thing I Hate Today: Prunes


3 Responses

  1. Fluffy Prune Pie? Doesn’t sound good to me. But then, when I mention to my non-Italian friends that our family made spinach pie, they don’t think that sounds good either. Once again in life, it’s all a matter of taste.

  2. Yeow, women all OVER Scottsdale would kill for a rich and sweet desert that causes diarrhea. Hell, yeah. You could market this thing for Jenny Craig or something. Think about it. Then get back to me. We’ll make piles and piles of money, Robrt. Fluffy Prune Pie? More like The Dress Size Four Desert.

  3. Why does this post have a video attached at the bottom, advertising a movie called “Sinister?” Maybe I am the only one who saw this.

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