My Cherished Canadian Recipe: Flapper Pie

Flapper Pie

My Grandma’s classic Canadian prairie flapper pie recipe was the first recipe that came to mind for the latest installment of the Canadian Food Experience Project.

Flapper pie is a graham crumb crust pie filled with a decadent, creamy custard filling topped with a meringue. It’s so unique to the prairies that if you didn’t grow up here you most likely haven’t ever heard of it. Indeed, perhaps even not many Albertans have heard of flapper pie, this is a Manitoba recipe straight from the family archives, one that would have been passed around the farms!

I called my recipe Flapper Pie- The Lost Prairie Pie when I wrote it up and it since has become one of the most popular posts on my site.

Flapper pie seems to have been popular with my grandma’s generation……then just plainly died out. My mom never made it. I never had it at my friends houses. When I asked around, so few people have heard of it. Even fewer have ever baked it! What once was a staple in prairie kitchens is now a rarity to find, unless you are lucky enough to still find an older generation baking it in their cafe or restaurant, such as the one in Pine Lake.

Flapper Pie is a cherished family pie, however it isn’t one that I grew up eating. Now, isn’t that funny to go and pick a recipe that doesn’t have any real special meaning to me for this project? I promise, my choice will make sense in a moment.

The cherished part of the recipe comes from my retrieving the recipe from my Grandma’s archives and creating my Mom’s favorite pie from her childhood, making it all the more special because it was for someone else and not myself that I brought to life this old and treasured recipe.

Flapper Pie

My parents were just up this weekend, actually and I baked this pie up fresh last night for my Mom and Dad.

Flapper Pie

Those beautiful peaks of meringue and the cinnamon laced graham crumbs are so very divine on this pie.

Flapper Pie

No matter how many times I make this pie – and it’s only a few special times a year – the whole family enjoys remembering how much they love this recipe.

Flapper Pie

There is always inevitably a discussion about my grandma, my mom’s childhood and how much she loved this pie as a child growing up in Manitoba. My husband is always thrilled when I bake this up, it’s a new pie in his repertoire – him being an Easterner and never having this pie as a child, poor thing-  and the smile on his face when he hears we are having it for dessert also is a reason why it’s one of my favorites.

Flapper Pie

The other reason that my flapper pie recipe is one of my most treasured Canadian recipes was the response from all of you readers. My recipe has evoked such emotion, memories and happiness from so many people that it makes my heart so very darn happy reading all the comments from you all!

A few of those treasured comments from you are:

-Thank you for posting this – I’m thrilled to share a little bit of the prairies with my NB family :)

-I also grew up on Flapper pie, it is still my favorite.My mother used the recipe that used to be on the back of the graham cracker box, when they took that off the recipe got lost, I am very happy to have found recipe that is just as good as I remember.

-My mom made it all the time and since she passed I haven’t seen it so went searching and found your site. Am going to make it myself as it was a favorite of mine 35 yrs ago Thanks Kevin

-So excited to see this recipe.  Had my first and only slice of Flapper Pie when I was 10 and have been longing for a second ever since.  Now, 35 years later, I have a recipe and a plan to bake this weekend.  THANK YOU

How can comments like these not thrill me? I brought the recipe back to life for my Mom and it obviously was a childhood memory for so many of you, making this truly one of my most cherished recipes.

I am so glad to share this recipe again on my site and re-visit how much this prairie pie seems to mean to everyone! I have changed one thing, I bake the graham crust for 10 minutes before I fill it. While this is not in the original recipe, it helps with creating perfect slices of pie!

Happy Baking everyone!

Love,

I Think I Sill Have a Slice in My Fridge For Lunch Today Magpie

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My Cherished Canadian Recipe: Flapper Pie
Classic Canadian Prairie Flapper pie recipe!
Author:
Cuisine: pie
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1¼ cups graham crackers
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • Filling:
  • 2½ cups of milk
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Meringue Topping:
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ¼ tsp of cream of tartar
Instructions
  1. Mix all the crust ingredients together, save about 2 tbsp to the side and press the rest into a 10 inch pie plate, in the bottom and up the sides. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes..
  2. Combine the filling ingredients together and cook on a medium heat until it boils and thickens, making sure to stir constantly! Set aside to cool while you make the meringue.
  3. Beat the meringue ingredients together until they form stiff peaks.
  4. Pour the filling into the crust and top with the meringue, making beautiful little spikes that will brown up all lovely on top! Sprinkle the rest of the crumbs on the top and slide into a 350 degree oven.
  5. Bake until the meringue browns like below, around 10 minutes but watch it carefully! All ovens are different!
  6. Cool in the fridge and eat the same day. This isn’t a pie that is going to last a few days, meringue topped pies get slimy between the layers. This is best made mere hours before serving.

 

 

 

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20 comments
ACanadianFoodie
ACanadianFoodie

My dad has always loved this pie - I know mom was making it before I was born - but I would bet it came out on the back of a graham cracker box post war... or something like that. I cannot find any origin information, yet... and looking. Two of you chose this for your most cherished recipe for Challenge Four of The Canadian Food Experience Project, yet I have NEVER made it. We will have to change that right away! I am comparing both of your recipes with my mom's and we'll see what I come up with - when dad is out of the hospital. He is really improving. FINALLY! Haven't heard a BOO from you in days. You must have your head in your computer, instant kraft dinner beside the key board and a doughnut or something crumbing up the keys... Wrote a message to you while in Drumheller and am dying to hear how it went.

:)
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Colleen at The Food Blog
Colleen at The Food Blog

I just tried my first slice of Flapper pie, ever, a few weeks ago. It was delicious. This recipe looks like it would be even better!

Karen Drabyk
Karen Drabyk

interesting, I grew up with this but we just knew it as graham wafer pie. Didn't have the recipe though, thanks!

Cheryl Clyne
Cheryl Clyne

I was born in Boissevain. Small town. Love your posts! I feel like you're a kindred spirit!

The Kitchen Magpie
The Kitchen Magpie

Cheryl I was born in Winterpeg but spend a ton of time in Dauphin with my grandparents.

Heather Cushing
Heather Cushing

I've never heard of this pie... will have to try it!

Cheryl Clyne
Cheryl Clyne

Cant wait to try it. Where in Manitoba is your family from? I'm a Manitoba transplant too!

The Kitchen Magpie
The Kitchen Magpie

It's perfect when company comes! We had one slice left last night. Hmmm. Wonder where that piece went.....

Alison Arsenault
Alison Arsenault

Love it but don't make it frequently, ate the whole thing myself the last time I made it. Good thing I have a good metabolism :)

karacooks
karacooks

I would say that the NAME was unique to the prairies, maybe, but not the pie itself. :D 

My grandmothers both made cream pies with almost identical recipes - often topped with whipped cream instead of meringue, but sometimes "fancied up" with meringue for special occasions. 

It's also the base of the recipe that I've always used for banana cream pie. One of my favorites! 

The Kitchen Magpie
The Kitchen Magpie

Shelley Taylor Alexy Oh yes! What a great change of pace for Thanksgiving dinner! Or make both pumpkin and flapper pie! Everyone is always SO excited when I make this pie, more than any other I find. It's so unique and rarely made that it's a big treat!

Shelley Taylor Alexy
Shelley Taylor Alexy

Absolutely love flapper pie.....made lots back in the days. Might have to break out my recipe for thanksgiving

Rambling Tart
Rambling Tart

I have never had a flapper pie before, but I LOVE the looks of it. :-) I'm so enjoying this series of Canadian recipes. :-)

thekitchenmagpie
thekitchenmagpie moderator

@Shelley Taylor Alexy My Grandma grew up around Pine River as well.

thekitchenmagpie
thekitchenmagpie moderator

@Rambling Tart Oh, you need to bake it! It's so easy, and simple, and yummy!


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