Monday, April 24, 2017

P is for Pie - the Flapper variety

ABC Wednesday
April 26th, 2017

The letter is P for Pie

You have to have grown up on the Canadian Prairies
to be intimate with today's PIE recipe....

I am going to tell you about Flapper Pie....

dear to the heart of all Prairie Folk
and a staple at all Church and Harvest dinners
in the thirties and forties and fifties
and perhaps even today...
but I have left the prairies and live in mountain country now.
and the home grown treats here are Nanaimo Bars.

But the Flapper is a humble, throw together pie, - the ingredients all available
on the farm or at the corner grocery store.

What you have to do to set this yummy dessert before your loved ones is
firstly, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Stir together one and a quarter cups of graham cracker crumbs
with one quarter cup of melted butter
and one half cup of sugar.

Put aside a couple of tablespoons of the mixture
and press the rest into a ten inch pie plate and  bake for 8 minutes.

Combine two and a half cups of milk, one half a cup of white sugar, 
one quarter of a cup of cornstarch, three egg yolks
one teaspoon of vanilla and one quarter teaspoon of salt,

Cook on medium heat until it bubbles and thickens,
making sure to whisk constantly.
when nicely thickened set aside to cool.

Beat the three egg whites (you did save the egg whites, didn't you!)
and one quarter teaspoon of cream of tartar
until they are foamy and hold soft peaks.
Then gradually beat in the sugar,
whipping until it holds stiff, glossy peaks.

Pour the cooled filling into the crust
and top with the meringue.
Sprinkle the set-aside crumbs on the top
and bake in the oven until the meringue browns slightly
(probably around ten minutes, but watch it carefully)

Cool in the fridge and eat the same day,
as the meringue and the custard have a bad habit of slipping apart.

This is not a detriment..
No matter where you hide it the Flapper Pie will call to you
and you won't be able to resist......

Amazon has for sale a cook book entitle "Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky"
by Karlynn Johnston,,it calls to me too
for some good prairie cooking!

That takes care of the pie - here is a little video devoted to the Flappers...

My mother's era....

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The Weaver of Grass said...

It looks yummy - and so do the flappers themselves Hildred.

photowannabe said...

Ummm, Yummy....This looks so good. Sorry I have to just gaze and not eat any...Its not on my meal plan. Phooey!

Leslie: said...

I think I recall my mother making that! Delish!!!

abcw team

carol l mckenna said...

Sounds wonderful! ~ yummy and great photo for P ~ thanks,

Wishing you a lovely week ~ ^_^

Unknown said...

Darn egg whites lol

Melody said...

delicious choice for this week.... seems jummieeee

Trubes said...

Yum Yum Hildred that sounds and looks delicious,
I imagie the Praireefolk would eat lots of good wholesome food,
My Mama used to make delicious lemon meringue pie which is similar to the flapper pie,
but had lemon juice in the filling and the zest of the lemon which would be sprinkled on top
of the meringue, along with some demerara sugar, that was the reward, if we ate all our dinner, which invariably, we did.
Interesting read again Hildred,
Best regards,
ABCW team.

Roger Owen Green said...

Sounds TASTY!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Yummmm. If you add lemon, you'd have a version of lemon meringue. You could call it a Tart Flapper Pie.

Nora said...

Such wonderful memories of the Flapper Pie my auntie made. I love that header photo Hildred.

Joy said...

I love any custard based pie and it seems every country has its own specialty. The thought of blue prairie skies is a delight and after a hard days work your flapper pie would certainly stop any hunger pangs.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The pie sounds amazingly good -- I know (or used to know) how to make lemon meringue pie, but never did a custard pie like this one. Yum.

I enjoyed the Flapper video. My mom was born in 1910, a little young for the era I guess, but she had a half-sister 12 years older and Aunt Durrett used to tell us stories of her youth that were quite interesting (even in the child-safe version). Both my Aunt and my mother could do a wicked Charleston! In your video there was one picture of a little girl watching the flapper dance and I was thinking that could have been my mother and Aunt!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh P.S.: I'd love to know more about Nanaimo bars.