“Open Sasame” Pie

A recipe from an ad showing a $25,000 winner
at the Pillsbury 1955 Bakeoff

'Open Sesame' Pie

1 envelope gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup pitted dates, cut very fine
3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 egg whites
1 baked “Sesame” pie shell *
2 egg yolks
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbs. sugar


Soften gelatin in cold water. Beat together milk, egg yolks, sugar, salt in top of double boiler. Cook over hot Water, stirring until mixture coats metal spoon. Add softened gelatin; stir until dissolved. Chill until almost set, stirring occasionally. Fold in whipped cream, vanilla, dates. Beat egg whites until slight mounds form. Add sugar gradually, beating after each addition. Fold stifi meringue into date mixture. Heap into cooled pie shell. Chill until firm. Sprinkle with nutmeg before serving.

* “Sesame” Pie Sheik

Toast 2 to 4 tbs. sesame seeds in piepan at 325° F. 8-10 mins.until light golden brown. Remove seeds. Sift together 1 cup sifted flour and 1/2 tsp. salt. Add sesame seeds. Cut in 1/3 cup butter or margarine until particles are size of small peas. Gradually sprinkle 3 to 4 tbs. cold water over mixture, tossing and stirring lightly with fork. Form into a ball; roll out. Fit loosely into 9′ piepan; flute edges. Prick with fork. Bake at 450° F. 10-12 min. until golden brown.