First Annual PIEATHALON: Seafoam Cantaloupe Pie

PieathalongWelcome to the Pieathalon!

In the heavily debated war of Cake vs. Pie, I am definitely on Team Pie. Pies are so versatile. They can be fruity, creamy, sweet or savory–and if I’m not mistaken, isn’t pizza technically a pie? And quiche, too!

Plus, I have that whole Bisquick Impossible Pie thing going on.

And they don’t say as “American as chocolate cake,” now do they?

Pie also has this going for it:

But now onto my pie assignment: Seafoam Cantaloupe Pie. Like the Happiness Pie, this has got some interesting stuff floating in it (just not a guy in a bath towel and some gun-happy, latex-clad police officers).

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seafoam cantaloupe recipe

From Better Homes & Gardens Pies and Cakes (1970)

Look, kids! There are melon balls! I love any chance to bust out my melon baller. And there’s gelatin. The secret ingredient is always gelatin.

Let’s get this started!

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The basic ingredients

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Gelatin-egg mixture, cooked. With rind and food coloring added.

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Gelatin mixture, ready to chill.

The mixture tasted really good at this point. So I put it into the fridge and waited for the mixture to “mound.”

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I think that this was “mounded.” Maybe a little over-mounded. So I mixed it up a bit. But the more I looked at it, the more it reminded me of the slime that was everywhere in the 80s. Specifically the slime from the He-Man Slime Pit.

To be even more specific, the slime-pit-slime after it had been out of the jar for a little bit and started to gather…things.

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Chunky things.

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Lumpy things.

The consistency was absolutely barfy. I kept trying to remind myself that the (s)lime mix tasted good; but I seriously got a little nauseated at this point. It was so the slime from my childhood.

But that was remedied once I folded the slime into the beaten egg whites.

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I then gingerly folded in the whipped cream and the melon balls and poured the mixture into the pie shell.

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After some chilling, some topping with whipped cream (homemade) and sprinkling of coconut, this was the final result:

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pieathalon catDoesn’t it look like it’s floating in space? My Seafoam Cantaloupe Pie is practically other-worldly!

Anyway, the end result was pretty delicious! It was like a key lime pie that just happened to have some melon balls thrown in; which is odd, but I was surprisingly OK with. They do look kinda cool. And the pie has a frilly crown!

I want to thank Miss Poppy Crocker at Grannie Pantries for submitting this recipe. I am so happy that it was assigned to me.

Kittens, this was just one piece of the PIEATHALON; please go check out the pastries (both savory and sweet) from the other all-star bloggers who participated in this challenge:

Be sure to follow me and all of these other fine folks (including Facebook and Twitter) so you know when we have another one of these blog-along/cook-alongs. Maybe you can join in the fun, too!

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28 Responses to First Annual PIEATHALON: Seafoam Cantaloupe Pie

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  2. I was very anxious to see this pie because my mother is a lover of cantaloupe – I must make it so she can enjoy the fruit a different way! Pinning!

  3. This looks good! And it has balls, to boot! Thank you for reminding me about the He-Man Slime Pit.

  4. S. S. says:

    So this one falls into the strange-yet-good category? Also, it looks like you got the same crust they did!

  5. Yup. 80’s slime. With melon balls. Floating in outer space. I absolutely love it. Thanks for staging the pieathalon, it has been a great collaboration!!!

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  7. angryquilter says:

    who doesn’t love some melon balls;)

  8. Any day that starts with He-Man slime and Kids in the Hall is automatically better!

    I’m glad the pie was pretty tasty. The thought of the melon balls in it gives me the heebie-jeebies, but I guess I don’t have to feel too guilty for giving it to you.

  9. Your pie is BEAUTIFUL! You rock for creating the fabulous thing that is the Pieathalon – can’t wait for the next one! I am ALMOST tempted to try making one of these. I say “almost” because, well, you’ve done it for me, so now I don’t have to…

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  11. Goody says:

    I’ve had that cookbook for years, and have wanted to make that pie, but two in the family are allergic to melon, and the other hates anything with gelatin-so it never happened. I am so happy to finally see someone make it-what a beauty!

    Slime. I never understood the appeal of that one, but I was a little too old when it came out to appreciate it.

  12. ashleyruth23 says:

    That pie is actually really cute. (Can pies be cute?) I love the bright colors and the melon balls inside the green.

    Also – thanks for putting together the Pieathalon. It was really fun!

  13. Rusty Cunningham says:

    Nothing ruined slime like hair…I hope there hasn’t hair in your pie?

  14. JohnV says:

    That’s some Space-Age looking pie there! Nice call back on the He-Man Slime Pit. 🙂

  15. Mimi says:

    You rocked this pie. It is a thing of beauty. Thanks for creating Pieathalon. It was awesome! XO

  16. Jill says:

    Thanks for the slime-walk down memory lane. Forgot all about that stuff.

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