Alyssa Linn Palmer
Flapper pie is a classic recipe in my family, one of the most requested desserts ever. For me, it is my favourite dessert by far. There’s something about the combination of custard, meringue, and graham cracker crust that is just right. And it rather suits Elly Cole, the farm girl from Cardston in my latest novel Betting on Love. It’s just the sort of thing you’d make in your country kitchen, a 1920s old-fashioned pie recipe. Best of all, it’s quite easy to make.
1 ¼ cups of graham crackers, crushed (or premade graham cracker crumbs)
¼ cup of melted butter
½ cup of sugar
dash of cinnamon
2 ½ cups of milk (use 3.25% for best result)
½ cup of white sugar
¼ cup of cornstarch
3 egg yolks
1 tsp of vanilla
pinch of salt
3 egg whites
¼ cup of sugar
¼ tsp of cream of tartar
- Mix all of the ingredients for the crust together in a bowl, and then set aside a couple of spoonfuls (ie. 2 tbsp) to use as a topping for the meringue. Press the rest into a pie plate (10”) and evenly line the bottom and sides. Bake in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes, then remove and cool.
- Using a double-boiler (which keeps the milk from scalding) on medium heat, combine the ingredients of the filling and stir until it thickens. Set it aside to cool while you make the meringue topping.
- Using egg beaters, beat the meringue ingredients together in a bowl until they form stiff peaks (try not to over-beat them; it’s better to go slow and stop to check them if you’re not sure.)
- Pour the filling into the crust and smooth so that it’s even, then scoop the meringue on top, making sure that all the filling is covered. Sprinkle the remaining graham crust crumbs on top of the meringue.
- Bake until the meringue browns on the tips, about 10 minutes. Keep watch, so you don’t burn it.
- The pie should be cooled and it’s best to eat it the same day. (However, day-old pie tastes just fine, but it can get a little soggy.)
Alyssa Linn Palmer is a Canadian writer and freelance editor. She splits her time between a full-time day job, and her part-time loves, writing and editing. She is a member of the RWA, the Calgary RWA, and RRW (Rainbow Romance Writers). She has a passion for Paris and all things French, which is reflected in her writing. When she’s not writing lesbian romance, she’s creating the dark, morally flawed characters of the LE CHAT ROUGE series and indulging in her addictions to classic pulp fiction. Her next book, BETTING ON LOVE, will be released in February 2015. You can find her online at http://www.alyssalinnpalmer.com, or on Twitter @alyslinn, or on Facebook (facebook.com/AlyssaLinnPalmer).