How To Bake An Orange Fruit Pie From 1960s
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How To Bake An Orange Fruit Pie From 1960s

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Adjust Servings:
1 each Pastry Pie Shell Baked
2 large Oranges Fresh
2 cups Milk Whole
2 each Egg Yolk
¾ cup Sugar
2 boxes Orange-Flavored Jell-O 6 oz each
2 cups water

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Got some oranges and Jell-O?
Bake this pie!

  • 2 hours
  • Serves 6
  • Medium




A Fruit Pie! A Jell-O Fruit Pie?! 

My retro-style Orange Fruit Pie got inspired by multiple recipes that I have seen in the older cookbooks. I usually try not to use artificial flavorings in my cooking. My heart, however, does have a weak spot for Jell-O! I know that for many adults this brand became inseparable from their childhood memories.

Back in 1950-1960s, when Jello-O became insanely popular, there were loads of the pie recipes that featured different tastes of the gelatinous dessert. Moms and Grannies made an array of the gelatin-based dishes. From the tomato aspic to the tuna mold and colorful jiggling desserts – the futuristic-looking dishes were all the rage!



A Pie To Cheer You Up!

My Orange Fruit Pie is a fairly satisfying dessert with three layers of delicious filling: a creamy orange custard, some fresh orange pieces and the orange gelatin! I think this bright dessert is especially pleasant on a dark rainy day when the skies are cloudy, and your soul demands some sunshine and cheer.

The pie looks and tastes incredibly cheerful, indeed! You get sweet and sour taste of juicy fresh oranges in a flaky pastry shell with every bite. It is a pretty light pie, too. The last one I made disappeared in less than hour!.

The truth is the orange fruit pie has a million variations! Do you not have the orange-flavored Jell-O? Do you like lime flavor instead? Make a Lime Orange Fruit Pie with the lime-flavored gelatin instead! How about a Strawberry Pie? The technique is the same – just use different flavorings! I swear, this recipe just cannot be boring because it can fit any taste out there (as long as you can find that gelatin flavoring!)

P.S. To make this dessert GLUTEN-FREE, use a GF pastry pie shell. 

If by any chance you love desserts made with the cake mix, do yourself a favor and check out my friend’s Kristi’s recipe for her FREAKING AWESOME CHESS SQUARES! They are no-fuss, easy-to-make and very rich! Not exactly made from scratch, but definitely very delicious (my husband’s favorite, actually).


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Bake a pastry pie shell and cool it off.


In a medium sauce pan, whisk together milk, sugar and egg yolks. While whisking, bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Remove from the stove. Add a box of orange Jell-O to the milk mixture. Stir well for a couple of minutes until the Jell-O sugar granules dissolve. Set aside to cool off down to the room temperature.


Pour the cooled Jell-O mixture into the cooled pastry shell. Place the shell in the fridge and let rest until the custard sets. Meanwhile, boil a cup of water in a small sauce pan. Remove the pan off the stove. Add the second box of the orange Jell-O mix to the water and stir well until the sugar granules dissolve. Add a cup of ice cubes to the gelatin mixture, stir well and let the ice cubes melt. Once the ice melts, Place the sauce pan with the Jell-O mixture in the fridge to cool off.


Wash, peel and slice the oranges. Cut each orange slice into eight wedges. Place the orange wedges on the top of the custard in the pie shell. Once the custard is set and the orange Jell-O mixture is chilled, gently pour the gelatin mixture on the top of the oranges to cover them all. Let the pie sit in the fridge until the gelatin is fully set. Serve with the whipped cream.


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