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Flapper Pie

Ingredients:

1 1/4 c Graham wafer crumbs
1/4 c Sugar, granulated
1/2 ts Cinnamon
1/4 c Butter; melted

Filling:

1/4 c Sugar, granulated
3 tb Cornstarch
2 c Milk
2 Egg yolks; lightly beaten
1 ts Vanilla

Meringue:

2 Egg whites
1/4 ts Cream of tartar
2 tb Sugar, granulated

Directions:

Combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon; blend in butter. Set 1/4 c aside. Press remainder onto bottom and sides of 9 inch pie plate. Bake in 375F oven for 8 minutes; cool.

Filling: In saucepan, mix sugar with cornstarch; blend in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until boiling; stir a little into yolks, then return to the saucepan.

Cook over low heat, stirring, for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; add vanilla and cool slightly. Pour into pie crust.

Meringue: Beat egg whites with cream of tartar till soft peaks form; gradually beat in sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread over filling, sealing to crust. Top with reserved crumbs.

Bake in 400F oven for 5 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool to room temperature, about 4 hours.

"In eastern Canada, this recipe was called Graham Wafer Cream Pie, but westerners knew it as Flapper Pie.

Cream pies like butterscotch, banana, cream and coconut cream were favorites of this decade and restaurants (called cafes in the West and usually run by Chinese cook/owners) always had cream pies on their menus."

Recipe source: The Twenties chapter, A Century of Canadian Home Cooking

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