Ok everyone… take a deep breath. It’s time for pie!
This beast of a pie is Peabody’s Grandmother’s Lime Conspiracy Pie with marshmallows.
It is a result of the convergence of several things in my mind and in my pantry.
A friend mentioned a pie topped with tiny colorful marshmallows. Sounds like a great idea, right? On the same day, Peabody posted a recipe for the most amazing and bizarre lime jello salad. The fruity marshmallows were on sale at the grocery and the rest of the ingredients practically jumped out of the pantry. I put everything on hold. I just had to make this pie.
And then, this pie took on a life of it’s own. I felt like Dr Frankenstein, except my pie didn’t learn compassion or love. Nonetheless it sat there in my fridge with it’s colorful marshmallows and sweet oozing topping, practically begging to be touched up and gawked at. And what a camera whore… don’t even get me started on that!
It all started innocently enough with graham crackers. I pressed out a graham cracker crust and threw it in the oven to bake.
Then came the lime jello madness. This jello salad has cream cheese, pineapple, mandarin orange slices and soda pop. I was skeptical, but I loved the pale green color in Peabody’s post. And really, anything with cream cheese is fantastic.
After the jello had set in the pie crust I topped it with left over seven minute frosting and marshmallows. That’s where the trouble started. The pie took on a personality. It was just too pleased with itself. It was enamored by it’s own preciousness. And I was too! After a few hours, I knew that I just had to get the pie out of my house. It was all I could think about! It was taking over. I took the pie, knocked on a neighbors door, and asked them to take it off my hands. Please. They said something about the pie being too cute to eat. I told them that that was exactly what the pie wanted them to think, and that it had to be eaten for its own good.
Long story short- the pie was delicious, and didn’t put up too much of a fight.
Try this pie, but be warned, it might try to take over your life. Eat it before it does.
Graham Cracker Crust
1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons melted butter
Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter until well combined
Press into a 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before adding filling.
Lime Jello Conspiracy Salad
1 (6 ounce) package Lime Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup Sprite
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 (8 ounce) carton Cool Whip, divided
Boil water and add Jello, stir until dissolved. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and the vanilla extract until fluffy. Stir in the Jello and beat until smooth. Add the pineapple, oranges, soda and pecans. Mix until incorporated. Chill the mixture in refrigerator for about 30-40 minutes, so that when you lift it with a spoon it’s clumpy. Fold in 3/4 of the cool whip.
Pour into cooled pie shell and refrigerate for 3-4 hours until firm. After the pie has firmed up, top with the remaining cool whip, or whipped cream. I used some left over Seven Minute Frosting that I had in the fridge. Anything fluffy white topping will do! Top with as many marshmallows as you like!