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Recipe for the Yummiest Mandarin Orange Pie

Updated on May 23, 2013
Traditional Lemon Meringue Pie
Traditional Lemon Meringue Pie

Grandma's Pies

One of the funniest memories I have of my Grandmother was how she loved to bake pies. Pumpkin and lemon meringue were her specialty. Okay, that's not the funny part. It's what comes next that will make you giggle.

I was ten, my youngest brother was six and my stepbrother was also six. Turns out they loved pie as well..... well sort of.

Grandma was a baking fool one Saturday morning as she was preparing and baking 10 lemon meringue pies for the church dinner. The lemon filling was perfect and yellow as the freshest lemons you could find and sweet with just the right hint of tanginess that would leave your mouth puckering in all the right places.

But then came the meringue; That perfect blend of whipped eggwhites, vanilla and sugar that created a mountain of snow piled high upon each lemon base. I swear that meringue was at least 8 inches high and with the most "perfect" curly-Q looped right in the center. (you could fit a dime through that loop.)
All 10 pies were sitting majestically upon her dining table as they cooled to their final stage. While the pies were cooling, Grandma, Mom and I decided to do a little shopping before the dinner.

Upon our return, Mom and I went to our house (we lived behind Grandma) and Grandma went to hers to put her groceries away and check on her masterpiece's.

I don't think I ever heard Grandma swear before! "Who ate the (*$^#)*!&#^!^*&#%$ Q's!?!?!" "My pies have been attacked!" Mom and I could hear her clear all the way to our house. We dropped everything and ran across to see what was wrong. As we walked through the sliding door, there we saw all 10 pies cooling on the table, fully intact..........except every single Curly-Q was missing from each pie!

Don'tcha just love little brothers!

My recipe for Mandarin Orange Pie has the sweet, creamy, tangy flavor I love. I think of Grandma every time I make it.

I hope you enjoyed my little walk down memory lane and enjoy this pie.

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Tangy Mandarin Orange Pie
Tangy Mandarin Orange Pie
Mandarin Orange
Mandarin Orange
Sliced Orange for Garnish
Sliced Orange for Garnish
Fresh Lemon Juice for the Best Zing!
Fresh Lemon Juice for the Best Zing!
Suggested: Graham Cracker Crust or 9-inch baked pie shell
Suggested: Graham Cracker Crust or 9-inch baked pie shell

Recipe for the Yummiest Mandarin Orange Pie

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 5 hours
Yields: 8-10 Pie Slices

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 T. cold water
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 can (11oz) mandarin orange, (drained)
  • Fresh orange slices (for garnish)
  • Choice of: graham cracker crust -or- 9-inch baked pie shell

Instructions

  1. Soften gelatin in cold water. Stir in boiling water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add lemon juice and stir. Refrigerate until slightly thickened, but not set.
  2. Whip cream until thick and fold into gelatin mixture. Add drained mandarine orange and fold in gently.
  3. Pour mixture into pie shell (or graham cracker shell) Garnish with orange slices. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours.
2.3 stars from 4 ratings of Yummiest Mandarin Orange Pie

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Another fine recipe, this time with a fruit I enjoy. That whipped cream topping is an excellent finale. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      It sounds yummy. With that excellent topping, I could not resist.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      How wonderful! I love anything mandarin.. these just look so appetizing. I love new and beautiful receipies.

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      Karen R 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Please don't hurt the bear!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you everyone for your comments. It is a yummy pie. I hope you get the opportunity to try it out. You won't be dissappointed!

      hahaha kruney, talk to the rat!

      Blessings,

      ~Lisa

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      Ha! Ha! Ha! What a great story! I started singing a Christmas song as I was writing out the recipe - thinking that must have been one heck of a moment for her. Thanks for the hub. XO!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      He he he Rachel, she was sooooooo mad. But those kind of memories just bring smiles and laughter to my heart. I sure miss her!

      Blessings,

      ~Lisa

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      Awe. Well, at least you remember that moment and are smiling! ~ XO ~

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another delicious soundng recipe to bookmark.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Take care ad enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Happy New Year Eddy!

      Thank you! I hope you get a chance to try it. You'll love it.

      Be safe tonight wherever you may go!

      Blessings,

      ~Lisa

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Mmm sounds and looks delicious.

      I'll let you know how I get on.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh how I enjoyed this story about your Grandma and you and those pies! I felt like I was right there with you as my mouth began to water for those curly Q's,

      I can't wait to try your recipe. I'll definitely have to buy an already-made pie shell. I'm probably the only mother on earth who can't make her own pie shell :)

      Love your writing style! Voting a big up!

      vocalcoach~

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Hahaha.. you remind me of my mother.. she can't make pie shells either! (so you are not the only Mother who can't) However, she CAN make the best chocolate chip cookies! She said she got the recipe from her "French Aunt," N'estlay Tollay.

      :)

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      Great recipe! What makes it different with other recipe is that you presented it with a funny story of your childhood. Yummy recipe. Marked funny, beautiful and awesome! Voted up!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Aweee.. Thank you sunasia! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I do feel the stories add a bit of whimsy. Kinda hard to make a recipe funny or interesting..lol Thank you for the vote!

      Lisa

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'm loving how you combine your family memories with these recipes. This one was cute. Up votes!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Peggy. I liked the idea myself when I started doing it. It just stuck with me. Thanks for the vote! :)

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hahaha!! What a funny story! I can see the astonished look on your grandmothers face! I can't wait to try this delicious recipe myself. Thanks for a great laugh and a wonderful recipe! Voted up and sharing!

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      Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks

      Another recipe pinned. This may not be something I will ever make, but it's something I aspire to!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      This Mandarin orange pie sounds like a perfect desert for Sunday dinner! Loved your story of the missing "Q's", and your little brothers!

      Voted up and pinned!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you!~ It is a really good recipe. But then again, I'm partial to mandarine oranges! Thanks for the vote up SanneL! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Aya! I have hundreds of recipes I may never make but aspire to. I'm honored you pinned me! Have a great day!:)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Stephanie! It is! It is! I made it for Sunday dinner many times. Especially during the summer. Light & refreshing!I'm glad you liked the story! Thanks for the support! Have a beautiful day! :)

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      With summer (hopefully) just around the corner, this looks a great pudding for eating out in your garden at the end of the day on a warm evening. Again I have noticed the way you format your hubs to good effect, well done. Voted up awesome !

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Brian! It's a really yummy dessert. Hopefully you will take the opportunity to try it. :)

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Lord help me lol a dessert like this is worth breaking a diet for.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      LoL prettynutjob30... That's exactly why I never go on a diet!! Thanks for your sweet comment! :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I've never heard of mandarin orange pic, but I love citrus! I also enjoy cracker crusts - I can't wish for the chance to try this recipe.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I hope you get a chance to make this Natashalh. If you do.. You will LOVE it! ♥

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      This pie sounds really good. Voted up.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      Thank you moonlake! It is really delicious and one of my favorites. I hope you get the chance to try it out. I don't think you will be disappointed! ♥

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