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Where are the orange pies? Great question that wasn't answered...

 
 
Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 10:34 am
The author of this brief yet important article brings up a great question yet fails to even answer it like all great journalists should:
Why No Orange Pie?
http://gawker.com/5961233/why-no-orange-pie?utm_source=io9.com&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=recirculation

So there maybe a rare and unique orange pie recipe on published on the internet but why aren't orange pies as common as apple pies? Pumpkin pies? Lemon meringue pies? Etc...?

Are there cultural reasons? Food science reasons? I'm betting on the fact it's the latter of these two reasons.... Any amateur food scientists willing to tackle this pressing enigma?
 
Joe Nation
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 10:48 am
@tsarstepan,
Mostly because, after you peel an orange, you are left with what are really just sacs of fragile orange fruit. There's no there there, unlike a pear or a peach or apples, there's no fruit that can stand being cooked.

I add orange to my cranberry sauce but mostly it's just the juice.

Now, dried oranges...candied, that's another story ...most of that ends up in Fruitcake.

Joe(have a slice!)Nation
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 10:49 am
There's no way that fruit of the orange would hold up like it shows in the picture. Wrong texture. It's just not the right fruit to bake.

I make orange jello using orange juice instead of the water, add mandarin oranges. My family loves the really organgy taste of it - so refreshing.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 10:51 am
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/robert-e-lees-orange-pie/

Maybe it's a southern thing! Mr. Green
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 10:52 am
@tsarstepan,
Joe's got it.

There are tons of recipes for orange meringue pie, but oranges (like lemon and lime) don't have the right texture for pie filling.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 11:39 am
@ehBeth,
I figured as a whole, oranges are mostly water. Never heard of orange meringue. Never seen it at a bakery or on a restaurant menu. Can't be too popular... unless it's a Florida thing. Not surprised that it exists.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 11:53 am
@tsarstepan,
Orange meringue seems popular in the centre of the country and in other countries - I'm seeing it at websites/blogs like Country Living, The Iowa Housewife and at websites from Texas, New Zealand and England (BBC/Guardian etc).

wait ... also found in Mexican and Spanish cooking

the Brits and Spaniards tend to use Seville oranges for their meringue pies by the looks of it

this blog post from California is kind of neat

http://carlanthonyonline.com/2012/06/13/orange-pie-here-i-come-californias-sweetest-slice-of-sun/

Quote:
Outside of eating an orange or drinking some juice, however, nothing retains its fragrant essence better than a slice of it in a meringue pie. With the natural sweetness of orange juice, its a pie that takes far less sugar than its brother pie, the more famous lemon meringue pie.

What is crucial to its specific taste is the use of orange zest, the tiny scrapings of its peel.


for some people, orange meringue pie is pretty normal

here is a Greek Orange Pie - Portokalapita

http://www.cookingwithmarialoi.com/recipe/recipeview/Portokalopita-Orange-pie



(over 21,800,000 google hits on orange pie, it can't be that rare)


hunh - lots of recipes for Creamsicle Pie which are orange pies

http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2012/06/weekend-baking-project-creamsicle-pie.html


just no pie with chunks of cooked down oranges (or other citrus)

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 11:56 am
@ehBeth,
If I made this a question this post would get the red ribbon. Sorry ehBeth for that lack of insight. Great answer. Smile
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 12:05 pm
@tsarstepan,
well, my man, you'll just have to ask it as a question so I can go for the ribbon!
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 12:07 pm
@ehBeth,
Great answer Beth. I am drooling at the mouth just at the thought of a Creamsicle pie!
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 12:22 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Thanks Very Happy

The Greek Orange Pie is the one that has my attention. I'm going to check out Greektown here and see if anyone makes it.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 01:13 pm
That's what is sold here in bakeries as "Italian Orange Cake" ...
http://i50.tinypic.com/25zjnyx.jpg

... while our 'normal' orange cakes look similar to this ...
http://i45.tinypic.com/2aonsw.jpg

... besides the orange tarts, you get in pâtisserie and confectionery shops and cafés ...
http://i49.tinypic.com/2n6b3na.jpg http://i45.tinypic.com/211pdlt.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/2v8irut.jpg http://i48.tinypic.com/30s7fxh.jpg
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 01:30 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter, cake is a very different critter than pie. Especially in Canada and the U.S. We have cross-border fights about apple pie and sugar pie and ...
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 01:39 pm
@ehBeth,
Believe me: I'm aware of the (and those) differences (Order an "Apfelkuchen" here or in Southern Germany or ... in Hamburg Wink )
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