Almost Certainly Not A Pie for #Pieathalon

Almost Certainly Not A Pie for #Pieathalon


We relish the chance to experiment with vintage recipes and Dinner is Served 1972’s #Pieathalon promised a great opportunity to test a pie from the past. Over twenty bloggers swapped pie recipes from pre-1990 cookbooks for the event.  We received “Almost a Pie” from a 1978 Weight Watchers Hot Stuff Recipe pamphlet from Mimi at Once Upon a Salad.

Combining eggs, milk, and bread in the blender along with artificial sweetener and diet margarine did not seem promising, even with some extracts and nutmeg for flavoring.  One of the bloggers had mentioned she would be choosing her recipe with an “evil laugh”  — was this her recipe?

And… where was the crust? Were we missing part of the recipe? We contacted Dinner is Served 1972 for her opinion.
“Maybe the bread that’s included just MAGICALLY makes a crust, ” she ventured. We were hopeful for a exciting chemical reaction in the oven, and feeling slightly more optimistic.

But, no crust magically appeared, and Almost a Pie was not even nearly, practically or virtually a pie!

It was reminiscent of a bread pudding or a cake, but not a pie. The texture was strange, even for any of the above dessert categories, and the flavor was unappealing. We’re not sure what Weight Watchers had in mind in creating a “pie-like” low calorie dessert (or if Almost a Pie is even low calorie).

It was also offputting that the instructions called for spraying the pan with a release agent, which sounded dangerous (definition: “agents that act as bond breakers for concrete”).

Still, the chance to test a recipe was fun, and we look forward to seeing fellow Pieathletes’ recipes!

Almost Certainly Not A Pie for #Pieathalon

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Almost Certainly Not A Pie for #Pieathalon

Almost a Pie from a Weight Watchers Pamphlet, a recipe for Dinner is Served 1972's Pieathalon, where bloggers trade recipes from vintage cookbooks.


4 medium eggs

2 cups skim milk

4 tablespoons diet margarine

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

1/4 cup flour

2 slices bread, torn into small pieces

dash of salt

Artificial sweetener equal to 1/2 cup sugar

Dash of nutmeg


In a blender container, place ingredients in order given except nutmeg.

Start blender, count slowly to 10. Turn off blender. Pour mixture into 9" pie dish which has been sprayed with release agent.

Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes.


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