Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WHAT Is Swamp Pie???

 Swamp Pie?   WHAT?????   What is Swamp Pie?      Who would ever want to eat Swamp Pie?  Ewww! The name alone conjures up images of things no one would want in a pie. Hmmm.....

Well, swamp pie came about because years ago, I wanted to come up with a quick dessert for my family and needed to use what was in my cupboard because I had no extra money for a treat and couldn't get to the store. I don't remember the occasion... maybe just to encourage my husband, but I knew we wanted a treat for the meal.

The cupboards had food, but not much in the way of extras and money was quite tight, so I wasn't sure what I would find... we were out of so many things. I did find a couple of things that someone had given to me, that hadn't been used yet....  so decided I could make a quick and easy dessert... and I knew the kids would like it and I hoped my husband would too. My many children were quite young at the time and rather excited about the strange looking pie.

My family loved the treat and the kids kept asking what it was called. I told them it didn't have a name. That bothered them and they promptly dubbed it Swamp Pie, amid many giggles. The name stuck... and the name couldn't be changed after that, though I admit that I tried. 🙂  It became one of our funny family stories.

Those 2 ingredients? ....................... A graham cracker crust and a box of pistachio pudding mix.

We made swamp pie a few times after that first time and the kids loved it. One child even chose that for their birthday "cake" a couple of years. I haven't made it for a long time and had forgotten all about Swamp Pie until recently and decided to make it as a treat for my family.

 Our oldest son, who lives on his own, was home and we talked about Swamp Pie because I was planning to make it the next week. He was on his phone and not paying attention to the conversation, but when he heard the words, Swamp Pie, he perked up and asked "What? What is Swamp Pie?" He said it sounded familiar and he knew he should know, but couldn't remember. It was obvious that the memory was a pleasant one.... and we made sure we would have it when he could be here.

When I made Swamp Pie the first time, I just mixed the pudding as the box said and dumped it in and chilled it. It was a bit messy, which added to the appeal for the kids.

When I made it this time, I lessened the amount of milk I put in the pudding and it set up better. Either way, works fine.

This time, I made 2 pies for my family of big eaters... and they were enjoyed. We laughed about the silly name and how it seemed so intriguing and daring to them when they named the pie years ago.

What a fun memory.


                                      SWAMP PIE!
                                             A super simple recipe and a tasty treat.

        1 ready made graham cracker pie crust

        2 boxes of Pistachio Pudding
        2-3 cups of milk............................. Whisk pudding mix and milk until thickened
                                                                 Pour into pie crust and chill.
                                                                 Serve and enjoy!

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That's it... it really is super simple.... and yet has a fun name. It was enjoyable to bring that memory back to our family again. A small thing, yet those small things bind us together... What a blessing. I also have to admit that Swamp Pie does sound more interesting than Pistachio Pie, although I'm sure some would argue the point! I never would have chosen such a name, but now it fits. Either way, we sure enjoyed it!

Thank you for visiting.... and I hope you will enjoy a slice of Swamp Pie... at least once.   😀

Check out this variation of Swamp Pie on this link..... .  :)  

Swamp Pie.. The updated version....

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  1. Replies
    1. It is... though I never would have expected it to be enjoyed as much as it was. Kids sure keep like exciting. :) What a blessing family is!

  2. How fun and I love the story of it! I'm sure my kids would love it too!

    1. I always think such stories are so precious to the fabric of our family... they bind us together. :) Thank you for visiting and commenting. :)

  3. You're so funny!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Thanks for visiting. I enjoyed writing about our fun story. :)

  4. What a great idea :) Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you can join me today for Creative Mondays.

  5. Oh what a fun family recipe! :) It's so sweet that a last minute idea has become such a treasured dessert over the years - it looks delicious too! :)

    Hope you have had a great weekend! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Thank you. It is pretty amazing when that happens... it also makes me realize I have to be careful when I get creative, because we may need to make it again and again. :)

  6. wow!!!
    But in Italy it is very difficult to buy pistacchio pudding :(
    i'm a new follower, can you follow mine on my blog?

    1. Welcome! I will be sure to go to your blog and check it out. :) Thank you for visiting.