Clifton’s Cafeteria, once part of a chain of Clifton’s restaurants, is the oldest surviving cafeteria style eatery in Los Angeles, California, and the largest public cafeteria in the world. Founded in 1931 by Clifford Clinton, the name was created by combining the first half of “Clifford” and the last half of “Clinton” to produce the name “Clifton’s”. The design of the restaurants included exotic decor and facades that were “kitschy and theatrical”.
This recipe comes from a brochure Clifton’s published decades ago.
1-1/3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup margarine
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1 pre-baked (and cooled) 8-inch pie crust
2/3 cup whipping cream
2/3 cup unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup whipped cream
Sift powdered sugar and combine it with the margarine, egg, salt, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer on low speed to beat these ingredients a full 15 minutes.
Spoon into a pre-baked 8-inch pie crust. Chill until firm.
Whip cream until stiff. Blend in pineapple and nuts. Spread on top of chilled pie. Garnish with whipped cream. Chill at least four hours before serving.