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Flapper Pie – With Graham Cracker Crust

Flapper Pie – A Simple Recipe with No Special Ingredients

Flapper pie is one of those recipes with ingredients most kitchens have on hand.  It has three layers using only, graham wafers,  eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla and milk.  No fruit or coconut or raisins, and it’s still really good.
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Flapper Pie is one of those recipes that is both easy and inexpensive  I have no idea who made the first one, but I always imagine this western Canadian recipe, was developed out of necessity by a Mom with a hungry family, surrounded by mountains of snow, who managed to create this little bit of heaven out of what she already in her kitchen.

Here are only some of the vintage cookbooks in my much-loved collection including a recipe for Flapper pie.  I am going to share my own version of this popular Canadian recipe.

Preheat oven to 350.

First Layer –  Graham Wafer Crust

1 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 melted butter (not margarine)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Mix the crumbs, cinnamon and sugar together.  Add the melted butter and mix really well until the crumbs are all coated with the butter.  Set two tablespoons of the crumbs aside. Press the remainder into the pie pan.

Second Layer – Cooked Vanilla Pie Filling

3 egg yolks (separated keep the whites)

2 cups milk

2 tbsp cornstarch

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Place everything but the vanilla into the top of a double boiler,  whisk everything together well.  Cook stirring constantly until thick (consistency like stirred yogurt).   Add the vanilla, stir and pour into the pie shell.t

Third Layer – Meringue

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In the bowl of your mixer place.

3 egg whites beat until soft peaks form.  Then add.

3 tbsp sugar, beat on high another minute.   Scoop out onto the pie.  The meringue should be thick and stiff as shown.

Sprinkle with the remaining graham crumbs.
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Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes until golden.

Note:  Stay nearby when baking meringue.  It can go from lightly golden to ruined all too fast.

Let cool on the counter, and then chill for several hours before serving.
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If you leave the pie to chill for several hours it will come out in firm slices.  If your family doesn’t care if its pretty and solid, you can chill it for a couple of hours and serve it more like a pudding.

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Traditional Canadian Flapper Pie Recipe
This recipe is a traditional and very easy to make pie. It has a graham cracker crust so it's perfect for the new baker.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Servings
Ingredients
First Layer - Graham Crust
Second Layer - Cooked Vanilla Filling
Top Layer - Meringue
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Servings
Ingredients
First Layer - Graham Crust
Second Layer - Cooked Vanilla Filling
Top Layer - Meringue
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Make Graham Cracker Crust
  1. Mix the crumbs, cinnamon and sugar together. Add the melted butter and mix really well until the crumbs are all coated with the butter. Set two tablespoons of the crumbs aside. Press the remainder into the pie pan.
Vanilla Filling
  1. Place everything but the vanilla into the top of a double boiler, whisk everything together well. Cook stirring constantly until thick (consistency like stirred yogurt). Add the vanilla, stir and pour into the pie shell
Meringue
  1. In the bowl of your mixer place. 3 egg whites beat until soft peaks form. Then add. 3 tbsp sugar, beat on high another minute. Scoop out onto the pie. The meringue should be thick and stiff. . Sprinkle with the remaining graham crumbs.
  2. Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes until golden. Note: Stay nearby when baking meringue. It can go from lightly golden to ruined all too fast. Let cool on the counter, and then chill for several hours before serving.
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17 thoughts on “Flapper Pie – With Graham Cracker Crust

  1. I love vintage recipes! I love all of your pie recipes. I usually read them when I am not supposed to be eating them if you know what I mean. This looks so yummy. My weakness, is I would probably eat the whole thing. Thank you for sharing your kitchen and vintage recipes, they always make me feel relaxed and remind me of the days of my grandmother’s kitchen and all her daughters cooking and baking up a storm for Sunday dinners. Love it when someone can stir up your memories.

    1. That’s wonderful Debbie. I always feel reminiscent when baking favorite recipes. Either from those who shared them with me or all the times, my boys lined up to eat them.

  2. Pinning! I love the name of this pie, and the history behind it. I’m always looking for traditional Canadian recipes to make for friends over here in the UK. Thank you for sharing this one!

    1. Right on April, I promise its as Canadian as Nanaimo bars and butter tarts lol. Thank you for pinning and please let me know what you think of it.

  3. Oo, I’ve never heard of a flapper pie before, is it a bit like a lemon meringue pie but without the lemon? Looks great, I love a light fluffy meringue.

    1. Hi Julie, not really. This pie has the graham crust, although the meringue is the same. It’s very different, I cannot really think of anything to compare it to.

    1. Hi Sandra. Flapper pie is a nice recipe to have in your recipe book. I think I found the pie dish at Home Sense the Canadian version of Home Goods.

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