I couldn't help but think of the phrase "Oh, Behave" from the Mike Myers movie Austin Powers, while reading a cookbook. Let me explain, while photographing the The New Minute Tapioca (1934), for my shop, I ran across the following heading -- MAKES RUNNY FRUIT PIE BEHAVE. Well of course I had to stop and read the rest of the paragraph, now remember, this was written in the 1930's....
If you've ever opened your oven door on a fruit or berry pie to find that most of the juice had run out of the pie and into the oven . . . if you've ever been embarrassed at serving a juicy pie with its crust all bedraggled and soggy . . . or if you've found the ingredient you used as a thickener made the fruit juice look cloudy . . .
Just put Minute Tapioca right in with your fruit, and as your pie cooks you'll see a miracle happen. Every snowy little granule of tapioca will take up and hold the fruit juice.
From The New Minute Tapioca Cookbook.
Pretty dramatic isn't it? This is pie you know, not some world tragedy, but this was still the era when women stayed home and ... well they baked pies, scrubbed the floor and took care of the kids. No, wait, don't most of us still do that while also working full or part-time jobs? OK that is another subject left for another more adventurous blogger.
What I was really drawn to, were the gorgeous watercolor images of the food. I think they are so pretty! I looked for an artist credit but none could be found. There are many more illustrations inside the book, I'm am featuring just a few here.
Since this started with making your pie behave, I thought I better share a recipe with you. I have not personally made this recipe. If you try it, please share!
1 1/2 tablespoons Minute Tapioca
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 cups cooked dried apricots, drained
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup apricot juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 recipe pie crust for a double crust pie
Combine Minute Tapioca, sugar, salt, butter, fruit, and fruit juices; let stand 15 minutes. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie crust , allowing pastry to extend 1 inch beyond edge. Fold edge inward, even with rim of plate. Fill with apricot mixture. Moisten edge of the bottom crust. Fold top pastry round back on itself. With sharp knife make several slits to permit escape of steam. Place upper crust on filled lower one, opening out folded half after it is placed on pie. Press edges together. Trim off surplus pastry, being careful not to cut folded edge of lower crust. Bake in hot oven (425 degrees F) for 10 minutes; then decrease heat to moderate (350 degrees F) and bake 30 minutes longer. Cool before slicing. Serve with whipped or ice cream.
Recipe adapted from Easy Triumphs with the New Minute Tapioca - 1934 - General Foods Corporation, available at CraveCute.
If you're wondering.... The theme song of the movie is Soul Bossa Nova, an instrumental song composed by and first performed by jazz composer, arranger and record producer Quincy Jones in 1962. My husband loves jazz and actually has the CD with this song on it. And he does love those goofy Austin Powers movies... so I've heard this song a few hundred times. Now it's going to be stuck in your head all day!! Haha!!! Oh, just Behave!