It’s time for pie!! And not just any pie! This week I am lucky (meh?) enough to be participating in the First Annual Pieathalon, which is basically just a bunch of bloggers who got together and decided we were going to swap vintage pie recipes. Mostly to torture each other, but I think some people were nice and submitted good recipes. Not me, of course, but some people.

Anyway, this is Avocado Lime Pie!


A “big” thanks to my good friend Erica from Retro Recipe Attempts for submitting this beauty. I especially like how this is even garnished with avocados!



Avocado Lime Pie
Author: Calvado, 1966
  • 1 sieved avocado
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp grated lime rind
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 lightly beaten egg yolks (* I used pasteurized eggs in the shell!)
  • 1 baked 9-inch pastry
  • avocado for garnish
  1. Force avocado through a sieve to make one cup pulp.
  2. Combine condensed milk, rind, lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and beaten egg yolks and salt and stir until mixture thickens. Fold in avocado.
  3. Turn into baked pastry shell and refrigerate for several hours. Garnish with balls cut from avocado with French ball cutter.


Of course, I got the one with avocado in it. I mean, I couldn’t get the strawberry one. Or butterscotch. Nope. Avocado.


Anyway, if you are an eagle-eyed reader, you will notice that this is basically a recipe for key lime pie, but with regular lime juice and no graham cracker crust.

And then a mashed avocado randomly thrown in there. Why?

Avocado. That’s why.


But I am happy to say I gave as well as I got. S.S. from A Book of Cookrye got my submission, which was an upside down chicken pie that looked like vomit. So I guess I am pretty happy. I mean it’s not really that bad, right? It can’t possibly be as disgusting as some stuff we’ve made in the past for these challenges…


I mean…Yeah. I…forgot what I was talking about.

Sieving an avocado? It’s gross and it’s hard work. I would much rather mash it.


I have one word for this:



Check out my “garnish”. I couldn’t find my melon baller (This message is for my Dad: Where did you put my melon baller when you were here last?!? I appreciate when you do the dishes and I love you, but you put clean dishes away in the craziest places!)

So I ended up using my decorative butter scoop. And it turns out that it makes lovely little avocado beetles. Truly adorable. Especially when they start turning brown. Very lifelike.


“What is on this thing?”

“Avocado beetle.”


“No, not really.”

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The Verdict: Tastes Like Lime

From The Tasting Notes:

It’s Lime Pie. And not a good one. This wasn’t gross, it was just a flavorless lime pie. It wasn’t very tart, like you expect a lime pie to be, but it didn’t taste like avocado either. It also wasn’t very sweet. Or smooth. Even though I sieved my butt off, the avocados were still a little chunky. If you want to make this, I would recommend making the filling in a blender or a food processor to make it smooth.

In a side note that has nothing to do with this recipe, the is the LAST time I am buying a premade frozen pie crust. It was really disgusting.

I hope you enjoyed my Pieathalon Pie!!! Please be sure to check out all the other great (and not so great) pies that are being made by the other bloggers!


Brian of Caker Cooking – Chess Pie

Mimi of The Retro WW Experiment – Nesselrode Pie

Erica of Retro Recipe Attempts – Curried Egg Pie

Jenny of Silver Screen Suppers –Mile-High Lemon Chiffon Pie

S.S. of A Book of Cookrye — Upside Down Chicken Pie

Sarah of Directionally Challenged Cooking –Simone’s Pet Strawberry Pie

Kelli of Kelli’s Kitchen –Butterscotch Pie

Ashley of A Pinch of Vintage –Schoolteacher Pie

Poppy of Granny Pantries –Black Bottom Pie

Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl –Chocolate “Pie”

Emily of Dinner is Served 1972 –Seafoam Cantaloupe Pie