Fourth Annual Piathalon – Rum Pie

I absolutely LOVE internet cookalongs, and the first one I ever got wind of was over at Dinner is Served 1972.  At that point I wondered if I’d ever be invited to participate in one, like a schoolchild desperately hoping for an invite to the cool kid’s party.  But now I know that these things are open to all, you just have to get in amongst it!  Yinzerella from the aforementioned DOS1972 has organised a few of these brilliantly mad cookalongs, including the legendary Knoxapocalypse which involved bloggers all over the world making something involving a lot of gelatine.  I was tasked to make this:


There are no words that can explain the horror of Turkey in Aspic.  But I gave it a go in this blog post…

Erica over at Retro Recipe Attempts scored my choice for the Knoxapocalypse – the Bette Davis Gelatine Ring.  She was, as my friend Caroline Frick would put it, a GOOD SPORT for attempting this, you can read all about it here.

So it was with some trepidation that I attempted my challenge for this Pieathalon as it was (I think) the first time I’d grappled with gelatine since the Turkey in Aspic.

Mmmmm – gelatine on the go!

I surprised myself by making a pie that actually looked rather appealing…

(there is no Marmite in this pie, I just like BB’s mad oversized jar) I was amazed that the pie had actually SET – usually if I attempt this kind of pie,

it runs all over the plate…

So here is the conversation about the pie between myself and Battenburg Belle – always my partner in crime where a cookalong is concerned – as we tried the Rum Pie.  We were taking very small, tentative tiny spoonfuls to taste, as neither of us had encountered anything like this before.

Me: “Reminds me of rum and raisin ice-cream.”

BB: “I always hated that.”

More testing of dainty morsels of pie…

BB: “I won’t be asking you for the recipe.”

Me after taking another little taste: “It’s horrible really, isn’t it?”

BB: “Yes.”

So there you go!  Another challenge completed!

We discussed whether we should feel guilty about throwing this much pie away…

and I came up with an idea.

Me: “You know what we could do with it?”

BB: “What?”

Me: “Put it in someone’s face.”

Ha ha!  A quick Google around the subject of custard pie fights revealed that the first custard pie thrown on film was probably Mabel Normand chucking one at Fatty Arbuckle.  And whaddya know.  Last year for the Pieathalon, Cathy made Fatty Arbuckle’s Delight so we came full circle.  There is something very satisfying about that!

I’m looking forward to reading all the other Pieathalon reports, and wondering who might have got my selection – the Jimmy Cagney Apple Pie…  I will pop the links to all my fellow Piatheletes below as the blog posts go up…

My pie recipe was sent in by Dr Bobb – thanks Dr Bobb – it was an experience!  The recipe was in a book entitled Charleston Receipts, dated 1950. 

Get yourself a Sailor Jerry and work your way through my fellow Piath-letes’ brilliant posts…

14 Responses to Fourth Annual Piathalon – Rum Pie

  1. Mim (@crinolinerobot) 7 Jul, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    If it tastes like rum and raisin icecream, you could always post it to me! I love the stuff.

    You can keep your turkey in aspic, though…

    • Jenny 11 Jul, 2017 at 6:44 am #

      Yep, not sure the turkey in aspic would travel well through the British postal system…

  2. Greg 7 Jul, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    Your conversation with BB totally cracked me up! I had such high aspirations when I saw you got a boozey confection, like Rum Pie… Points for a successful gelatin-ized pie. It DOES look fabulous! If it had tasted anywhere near as good as it looks, the world might have missed out on that roll-on-the-floor, laugh-out-loud, hilariously snarky exchange between you and BB! Loved the tie-in to BB’s pie from last year. Bravo! Another Pieathalon success (more or less).

    • Jenny 11 Jul, 2017 at 6:43 am #

      Ha ha – indeed, me and BB gave our no holds barred, honest opinions!

  3. S S 7 Jul, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    They called it Rum Pie and only used 2 spoons of it? My condolences. Also, thanks for the recipe, it was a real trip experience!

    • Jenny 11 Jul, 2017 at 6:42 am #

      You have a point, maybe it needed MORE rum!

  4. Poppy 7 Jul, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    The pie looks really pretty! Sorry it didn’t taste that way. At least it sliced, unlike the soup I made last year…

    • Jenny 11 Jul, 2017 at 6:42 am #

      Mostly when I make this kind of pie, they do turn out like soup…

  5. yinzerella 7 Jul, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

    OK, I am totally bummed that this didn’t work out.
    It sounded soooo promising! At least it looked pretty.

    Also, do we need to bring back the Knoxapocalypse???? I can make that happen.

    • Jenny 11 Jul, 2017 at 6:42 am #

      is that a THREAT or a PROMISE?!

  6. Taryn 8 Jul, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    Wow. It doesn’t read as something that would taste horrible and it looks really pretty! xx

    • Jenny 11 Jul, 2017 at 6:41 am #

      I KNOW, it looked good, smelt good…. A lesson learned…

  7. Dr. Bobb 9 Jul, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Too bad it sucked! Maybe next time just drink the rum 🙂

    • Jenny 11 Jul, 2017 at 6:41 am #

      That is a damn fine idea Dr. Bobb!

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