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This one is interesting because of the use of ‘quick cooking tapioca’. I had always thought this was a western name for what is more commonly know in Singapore/Malaysia as ‘sago’ (here, ‘tapioca’ immediately brings to mind the entire root vegetable, not processed pearls). However a quick search on the internet reveals that sago and tapioca pearls are similar but not identical. Apparently they can be used interchangeably. I have no idea whether the ‘sago’ I have been eating in kueh-kueh all these years is technically from the sago palm or from the tapioca (cassava) plant!Incidentally, one of my favourite childhood desserts is sago pudding, which is not commonly sold at food stalls or restaurants. It’s so simple yet so delicious: chilled sago mounds sitting in a swirl of coconut milk and gula melaka sugar **yummmm**.

For a long time I didn’t realise that those chewy, ‘QQ’ pearls in bubble tea are actually made from tapioca too – humongous cousins of the teeny little sago pearls in sago pudding! Read more here about bubble tea pearls and the difference between American and Southeast Asian perceptions of tapioca/sago pearls.

Cranberry Orange Pie

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Yet another one in the series of pie recipes.

[22/9/07 update: Grandmother’s recipe for shortcrust pastry for the pie crust here.]
[19/12/07 update: another shortcrust pastry recipe from grandma here.]

Pear Almond Pie

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Peach Banana Pie

Another one in the series of pie recipes. Most of them seem to involve a combination of delicious-sounding fruits; somehow the double-barrelled, hyphenated names are very alluring :)!

[22/9/07 update: Grandmother’s recipe for shortcrust pastry for the pie crust here.]
[19/12/07 update: another shortcrust pastry recipe from grandma here.]

Peach Banana Pie

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Another one in the series of pie recipes.

No instructions for pie crust, but I assume it is a shortcrust pastry crust.
[22/9/07 update: Grandmother’s recipe for shortcrust pastry for the pie crust here.]
[19/12/07 update: another shortcrust pastry recipe from grandma here.]

Raisin Walnut Pie

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A very American-sounding dish here, one of a whole series of pie recipes. Like most of the other pies, the fruit ingredient is in the form of a commercial, canned or packaged product, rather than fresh fruit (although in this recipe you are given a choice) – a sure sign of the developing modern consumer food industry in the 1960s.

No instructions for pie crust, but the instructions call for you to ‘roll out the remaining pastry’ so I assume it is a shortcrust pastry crust.
[22/9/07 update: Grandmother’s recipe for shortcrust pastry for the pie crust here.]
[19/12/07 update: another shortcrust pastry recipe from grandma here.]

Applesauce Lemon Pie

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Two kinds of ready-made products are called for here: graham crackers and dried apricots. Of course, you could also make them at home, but the recipe implies using the packaged, commercial versions for convenience. Both of these would most likely be products imported into Singapore, and perhaps relatively expensive back in the 1950s/60s?

The piecrust recipe here is perhaps one that can be used for grandmother’s other pie recipes where no instructions for the pie shell are given.

Apricot Chiffon Pie

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Another one in the series of pie recipies.

As with the pineapple pie recipe, the instructions refer to the canned version of an ingredient that is easily available fresh and locally-grown, in this case, coconut. It’s an interesting world journey of foods – tropical products in commercial, packaged form make their way into western recipes, which themselves are in turn passed onto to local cooks in tropical colonies.

There are no instructions here for the pie shell. My guess is that grandmother would have used a shortcrust pastry, just like the type we used for our regular family favourite of apple pie. You could try grandma’s Graham Cracker pie crust recipe here.
[22/9/07 update: Grandmother’s recipe for shortcrust pastry for the pie crust here.]
[19/12/07 update: another shortcrust pastry recipe from grandma here.]
Coconut Cream Pie A

Coconut Cream Pie B

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