It’s my fave cooking experiment of the year.  It’s the PIEATHALON!
 
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The genius that is Yinzerella, who is maitre d’ of Dinner Is Served 1972, hosts this brilliant cookalong where weird pie recipes are swapped amongst a group of bloggers worldwide, and we all report our successes or failures.  
 
I was excited to get my recipe for Crème de Cacao Pie.  I told Mr R what I’d got, and he said: “Run that past me again?” so I repeated: “Crème de Cacao Pie”.  He said, “not Crème de Caca Pie?”  For those that don’t speak French, a rough translation of that would be: Cream of Poo Pie.  So no.  Not Cream of Poo Pie.  Crème de Cacao Pie.
 
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My chum Cathy over at Battenberg Belle got dealt the Fatty Arbuckle Delight naturally I was jealous – and we pledged to make our pies together.  Time ran away with us though, and before I knew it, Pieathalon deadline day was fast approaching.  So I made my pie at my little holiday hideaway on Mersea Island.  
 
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I come here once a year with Mr R.  It is divine.  We get to play with our neighbour’s dog Gunwale:
 
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and swim in the sea.  The only other things we do involve copious amounts of eating and drinking, so a pie made from ice-cream was perfect.
 
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I love the fact that this recipe is on a CARD, I would expect nothing less from Yinzerella, and it is a Betty Crocker recipe card to boot.  Brilliant.  I’m not sure how “impromptu” this party fare really is, but now I have seen how easy it is to make a fairly impressive ice-cream pie, I am a convert.  
 
Things you should know:
 
1 – We can’t get Graham Crackers in the UK so I’ve heard tell that some folks replace these in recipes with digestive biscuits, which is what I did.
 
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2 – I had help from Mr Rathbone, as I was making John Cassevetes’ meat balls for our dinner (blog post soon), he bashed up the digestives and mixed them with some sugar, cinnamon and butter.  He followed this recipe but had to guess the quantities as there are no scales here.  It was a success!  Who needs scales?!
 
3 – no pie tin either, but the amount of biscuit crumbage (!) base was the perfect amount for this pyrex dish.
 
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4 – we always get a big Tesco delivery on the first night of our holiday (mostly wine and beer) so I included some Tesco finest coffee ice-cream and some Tesco finest pistachio ice-cream.  Mmmmm.
 
5 – no creme de cacao chez Tesco so I went for the chocolate syrup option.
 
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THE PIE WAS GOOD.  
 
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The pie was VERY GOOD.
 
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Thanks Yinzerella!  I haven’t eaten ice-cream for about 3 years.  I’ve NEVER eaten a pie made from ice-cream so that is a first (but not a last).  Yum, yum, yum.
 
Here are links to the other Pieathaoners – what an amazing bunch of bloggers, and what an amazing array of weird and wonderful pies.  Get yourself a cold beverage and a piece of pie and have a little blog tour…  Posts should all go live at some point today – 8th June 2016
 
Erica at Retro Recipe Attempts made MAI TIE PIE
Susie at Bittersweet Susie made  STAR GAZY PIE
Surly at Vintage Recipe Cards  made TRANSPARENT PIE
Retro Ruth at Mid-Century Menu made BRANDY APPLE PIE
Poppy at Granny Pantries made LEMON MERINGUE  PIE
Taryn at Retro Food For Modern Times made LEMON POTATO PIE
John the Hedonizer at Food and Wine Hedonist made FIDGET PIE
S S at A Book of Cookrye made CHOCOLATE “PIE”
Greg at Recipes4Rebels made FLUELLEN’S PIE
Kelly at Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en made HEIDENISCHE KUCHEN (HEATHEN CAKE)
Yinzerella at Dinner is Served 1972 made PEANUT & BEER PIE
Battenburgbelle at Battenburgbelle.com made FATTY ARBUCKLE’S DELIGHT
 

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