Flapper Pie- Grandma's

Kathie Carr


No, My Grandma was not a flapper, far from it. But she was fascinated by the culture of the 1920's and the new wave of "liberated" women. She liked some of the music but she thought the dancing and short dresses (along with short haircuts for women) were scandalous. And the idea of women drinking alcohol... well, that was just unbelievable to her.

The Flapper Pie recipe is said to have originated in Canada, not far from Grandma's Northern Michigan home.

Its a vanilla cream pie with a graham cracker crust, and a tall meringue topping. Its very good and not hard to make.


★★★★☆ 3 votes

20 Min
15 Min



  • 1
    graham cracker pie shell

  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    whole milk
  • 2 large
    egg yolks-slightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
  • 4 large
    egg whites
  • 1 pinch
  • 1/2 tsp
    cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Flapper Pie- Grandma's



    Blend together in saucepan sugar, salt, cornstarch and flour. Gradually stir in milk and whisk until smooth. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

    Stir a little bit of the hot mixture into egg yolks. Add yolk mixture to rest of hot mixture slowly, stirring to blend. Boil 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Blend in butter and vanilla. Cool 10 minutes then pour into graham cracker crumb crust.

    Cool completely before adding meringue.

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine water and sugar in small saucepan. Bring to vigorous boil over medium-high heat. Once this syrup comes to rolling boil, cook 4 minutes (mixture will become slightly thickened and syrupy). Remove from heat and set aside while beating whites.

    With electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl at medium-low speed until frothy, about 1 minute. Add salt and cream of tartar and beat, gradually increasing speed to medium-high, until whites hold soft peaks, about 2 minutes. With mixer running, very slowly pour hot syrup into whites (avoid pouring syrup onto beater blades or it will splash). Add vanilla and beat until meringue has cooled and becomes very thick and shiny (5 to 9 minutes).

    Using rubber spatula, mound meringue over filling, making sure meringue touches edges of crust. Use spatula to create peaks all over meringue. Bake until peaks turn golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature. Serve cold. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.

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About Flapper Pie- Grandma's

Course/Dish: Pies

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