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Flapper Pie- The Lost Prairie Pie

Flapper Pie - The (almost) Lost Canadian Prairie Pie - From @kitchenmagpie When you read the title of my newest pie recipe for pie day, you’re most likely going to be in one of two camps.

Either you’re going to scratch your head and think to yourself : “What the devil is flapper pie?”

Or you’re going to think “Wow, now there’s a pie I haven’t heard of in a long time!!”

I’ll give a small percentage of you the chance of falling into the rare category of “Ooh, that’s a family favorite!”

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Posted by The Kitchen Magpie on Sunday, March 26, 2017


 

Flapper pie is a long, long time family favorite of my mother’s, mainly because it’s her favorite pie on earth. My mom doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth- I inherited my sweet tooth from my dad- but a few years back my sister discovered that my mom loves a piece of flapper pie above all else.

My mom was in seventh heaven when she found it in a small cafe around Pine Lake Alberta and made sure to visit whenever her and my dad went out to the lake for the weekend.

Flapper Pie - The (almost) Lost Canadian Prairie Pie - From @kitchenmagpie

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 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!

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 - The (almost) Lost Canadian Prairie Pie - From @kitchenmagpie

I don’t ever recall having flapper pie, so even though this is something my mom grew up loving it’s not something we had as kids. My mom isn’t a pie baker, that fell to my grandma and now apparently I’ve taken up the baking mitts and am carrying on the tradition.

If you read last week’s pie day post – Drunken Peach Galette – you’ll know that I spent the week at my sisters. What you also might know if you follow me on Instagram is that my sister and I were up at 9 am baking pies one morning.

This is what Ukrainian women do. We get up. We bake pies. Sometimes in pajamas.

My sister was totally in her pajamas.

I have no pictures because I value my life.

Ingredients For Flapper Pie:

Crust:
1 1/4 cups graham crackers
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
dash of cinnamon

Filling:
2 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of cornstarch
3 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

Meringue Topping:
3 egg whites
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp of cream of tartar

Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees.

Flapper pie is notorious for being delicious and falling apart easily. It’s very hard to nail it so that it stays together, so be prepared that it won’ t be picture perfect. Using butter in the crust will help solidify it when refrigerated but really, custard and meringue? You know it’s not going to be a clean slice.

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. Refrigerate.

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.

Beat the meringue ingredients together until they form stiff peaks.

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.

Bake until the meringue browns like below, around 10 minutes but watch it carefully! All ovens are different!

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.

Flapper Pie - The (almost) Lost Canadian Prairie Pie - From @kitchenmagpie

 

Now, you can see below that you can get a clean slice.

Unless you are my sister and I and eat it warm out of the oven because when you do, it will collapse.

We didn’t give a hoot if it fell apart. (and it most certainly did)

We wanted that pie. For breakfast.

This was the best Saturday morning breakfast I have ever had. I highly suggest to everyone that you put “eat flapper pie straight from the oven for breakfast” on your bucket lists.

What I have been missing all my life! This is definitely a favorite pie now, I’m not sure how or why everything comes together to make such a great pie. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s so darn tasty!

Flapper Pie - The (almost) Lost Canadian Prairie Pie - From @kitchenmagpie

Happy Pie Day everyone! I really hope you all try this recipe, what a truly lost prairie pie this is and I really don’t understand why! It’s so simple yet decadent. If nothing else, add it to your archives to try one day and pass it on to your kids! I know I will be including this at family meals a lot know, knowing it’s a childhood favorite of my mom’s.

Have a fabulous weekend all!

Love,

The I Want a Piece of Flapper Pie For Breakfast Again Magpie

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Flapper Pie- The Lost Prairie Pie


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • dash of cinnamon

Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Meringue Topping

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 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. Refrigerate.
  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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260 Comments

  • Reply
    Paige Cooper
    November 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    You should add the eggs needs to be at room temp for the meringue because that would have been nice to know

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    Patricia Moore
    October 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    My Mom was born & raised in Southern Alberta-Flapper pie has been in my family since I was a kid-I am 62 years young now- I know one of Mom”s fp recipe came off a box of IBC Graham wafers-White with pink box.Thankfully I have found a place near The Hat that serves it. Plus I remember when the family moved from Calgary to Edmonton there were some adjustments needed due to altitude change. Thank heavens it is Flapper Pie Friday at Trukkers in Redcliff Alberta this Friday–Pie for breakfast.

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    Terry
    September 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    My mom always added Almond extract to her flapper pie filling, and to the meringe. She used to make this pie for my kids. They always told her she needed more practice so she would go home and make them more pie. Now I make it. We love Flapper Pie.

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    kayla
    July 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    My pies are wheeping. Would you happen to know why?

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    Jacqueline Armstrong
    June 23, 2017 at 4:08 am

    I am 68. Flapper Pie is still my favourite pie! Mom always made it when we were kids. Now one of my sisters makes it. And yes, who cares if it falls apart! It is so delicious! Rarely do I find people who have heard of flapper pie, let alone have eaten one. They don’t know what they’re missing! If my sister is reading this – isn’t it time you made a flapper pie? ????

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    Marika
    April 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    My boyfriend’s dad asked for flapper pie for Father’s Day last year. I didn’t even know what it was, but I found this recipe and made it for him. He raved about it, saying that he hadn’t had flapper pie that good since his grandmother made it for him (who had passed away 20 years ago). Made it numerous times since then, it’s delicious!

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    Jack Aubin
    April 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for posting, I grew up on this pie! I remember having friends over & my mother making us each a pie that we’d eat in one sitting, it was that good! My mom passed away about 10 yrs ago & I had forgotten about this pie. I will be making this soon! Northern Alberta favourite!

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    Alison J
    April 4, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Very sorry about your mothers passing i guess she was very strong to have lived such a long life. We just lost my mother-in-law last fall, she was born on the prairies . She lived 81, but had been a very healthy strong woman (she would have lived much longer except the Parkinsons she developed meant lots of falls and those injuries shortened her life considerably we think.). Anyway regarding pies – every since I met my husband many years ago he always like to have “graham wafer pie” which he showed me howto make with Jello vanilla pudding, on top of a graham wafer crust (no topping) when he was a bachelor. I had never had this desert before (I am from the BC coast). Anyway his grandparents and his parents were from Saskatchewan! I think this “flapper pie” probably explains it all to me now! Obviously the pie was made from scratch back then, and he had been served something similar by his mother while growing up in Vancouver, and likely by his grandma when he was sebt to Sask as a youngster for several summers to stay/help on the farm. I am not sure why he never mentioned about the meringue except that maybe as a bachelor he didnt understand how to make that part so left it out. Cheers and peace to you as well.

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    Alison J
    April 4, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Do you substitute brown sugar in the crust or in the pudding part?

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    Katie Culp
    March 28, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Sobey’s in Airdrie has flapper pie in their bakery!!!! Mmmmm- instead of merengue topping they use whipped, not sure how authentic that is, but it’s sure yummy!

  • Reply
    Karlynn Johnston
    March 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Oh but you are so missing out on the flavour!

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    Karlynn Johnston
    March 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Oh yes, you need that cinnamon!

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    Corinne Muffy Anderson Wiedema
    March 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    My mom made Flapper Pie all the time in the 70’s, one of my favorites. I am going to introduce it to my grown sons, they will hopefully love it. I don’t think I ever made it. Grew up in south eastern Alberta. Thank you for posting the recipe.

    • Reply
      Karlynn Johnston
      March 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      I am so glad that you found this! I am sure your sons will love it, everyone loves this pie! What a wonderful memory to share with them too!

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    Susan Arnolde Thomas
    March 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    thank you, thank you….my Aunt Erna made this pie and passed away before i could get the recipe.

    • Reply
      Karlynn Johnston
      March 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      I’m sorry to hear of her passing, I hope the recipe is close to hers!

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    DorothyAnnWolfeFraser
    January 23, 2017 at 4:43 am

    I’m not an enthusiastic cook……so one day I tried cheating with a flapper pie…..here’s how…..take 1 store bought graham pie crust  put 1 vanilla instant pudding in  top with a  2 egg white merangue and bake for 5 minutes at 350. then I top with whip cream………sorry but I really hate cooking…..lol

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    DeberahKearns
    December 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I made flapper pie starting at 5:15 am today. As a teen growing up in BC, I made flapper pie; the recipe was on the graham wafer box.

    Now I’m working at Chapter’s & your book flies off the shelves.

    Am taking the pie to a neighbour’s party tonight. The meringue is perfect.

    Deberah,

    St. Albert, Alberta

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      December 21, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      DeberahKearns Glad to hear the book is flying off shelves!! Have fun at the party tonight, I’m sure everyone will love the pie!!

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    TracyAnderson
    December 12, 2016 at 5:04 am

    I saw you on global this morning and have been reminiscing about flapper pie all day! This was a family favourite when I was growing up! Like so many that have posted here, I haven’t had it in years! I bought your cookbook for one of my foodie friends and am regretting not getting one for me, lol! I did however find my mom’s cut out of the recipe from a honey Maid graham cracker box !

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      December 21, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      TracyAnderson Yay!!! Proof of where it came from! Slightly different amounts but it must still taste just as good!!! Funny it tells you to temper the eggs but I just mix them right in hahah!

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    Debra She Who Seeks
    November 23, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I lived in Manitoba for 40 years before moving here to Alberta so I LOVE FLAPPER PIE! It was always (and remains today) a staple on the menu of the Salisbury House Restaurant chain in Winnipeg. I enjoyed a piece of flapper pie the last time I was in Winnipeg earlier this year. The Sal’s version is noticeably cinnamon-y, though, not just the dash your recipe calls for! Good luck with your recipe book — it sounds fab!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      December 21, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Debra She Who Seeks I would love to try the Sals version!

  • Reply
    Priscilla Cole
    November 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

    thekitchenmagpie Priscilla Cole Thanks for your reply.  Much helpful.

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    Priscilla Cole
    November 18, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Bake crust at 350 for 10 minutes is not posted in your recipe. 

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      thekitchenmagpie
      November 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Priscilla Cole The recipe off the “box” in the days has refrigerate the crust, not bake. You can do either. The baked is a crunchy crust, while the refrigerated is easier to cut.

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        Priscilla Cole
        November 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

        thekitchenmagpie Priscilla Cole Thanks for your reply.  Much helpful.

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    Dianne Oberg
    October 29, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Thanks, Karlynn, for the wonderful cookbook and the memories it brought back to my sister and me as we leafed through the pages! My Mom made fabulous flapper pie. Her recipe came from the Paulin’s Graham Wafer box. Paulin’s products were made in Winnipeg which probably explains why flapper pie is a true Prairie treat! It was a fast dessert to make (at least by our Mom) and I remember my brothers coming home from the curling rink on a bonspiel weekend saying the booth had run out of pie and could made some more. Flapper was her go-to pie in this and many other “emergency” situations!

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    ShelleyBradford
    October 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    It’s our southern Alberta prairie family favorite too, this flapper pie. You’ve Nailed the recipe down to the cinnamon. Good one!!

  • Reply
    ShelleyBradford
    October 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    It’s our southern Alberta prairie family favorite too, this flapper pie. You’ve Nailed the recipe down to the cinnamon. Good one!!

    I took graham crackers to England so I could make it for friends..now they love it too but cannot get graham wafers there. Not the same with digestive cookies.

  • Reply
    Lorna Penner
    August 16, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Best pie ever! Is it still on the waffer box–the recipy?

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      August 16, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Hasn’t been for years and years! Decades, actually. I haven’t been able to find one, I’ve only heard it was on either cornstarch or graham wafer boxes..

  • Reply
    Donna Clark
    August 15, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Always my Dad’s favorite

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    Sandra Abbott
    August 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    My mom often make it and I loved it. Now my step-daughter makes it for my Birthday every year. Also the R&R diner has it sometimes. So good.

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    Christie Titford
    August 15, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I used your recipe in April for my father in laws birthday! It’s his absolute favourite! Your recipe is so easy to follow and turns out perfectly, can’t wait for the cook book \U0001f60a

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      August 16, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Awesome to hear! We just had it Sunday and yesterday…so good!

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    Sue Lassesen-Fowler
    August 15, 2016 at 3:10 am

    I make Flapper pies and sell them at Rose City Farmers Market Association. It is amazing how many people love this pie. Those who haven’t heard of it before try it and love it.

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    Ann-Marie Conklin
    August 15, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I think I’ve had this right Carol????

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    Olga Homeniuk
    August 15, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Will make one soon love them \U0001f60a

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    Susan Portz
    August 15, 2016 at 1:53 am

    My mama used to make it and I never have. But both my brothers LOVED it and they’ve been doing lots of stuff to help me lately, so I’m thinking a flapper pie thank you might be in order!

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    Susan Lynn Wang
    August 15, 2016 at 12:59 am

    My grandma used to make raisin pie, and I haven’t seen it anywhere in years.

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      August 15, 2016 at 1:02 am

      Well, it’s in my cookbook! The recipe I make for my dad!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      August 15, 2016 at 3:18 am

      Raisin and flapper pie are both in the cookbook!

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    Rosaline Linhart
    August 15, 2016 at 12:36 am

    haven’t had Flapper Pie in years…I used to love it..When we first came to Canada my aunt used to make this scrumptious pie often…oh how I loved it….

  • Reply
    Michelle Dietrich
    August 15, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Yes I can make this

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    Elaine Jorstad Strate
    August 14, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Mom always made this. Love it.

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    Ali Dietrich
    August 14, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Michelle Dietrich you can also make this lol

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    Dixie Long
    August 14, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    My mom was ACE at making this pie!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      August 14, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      I think everyone had a mom or grandma that made this!

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    Susan Muir Myers
    August 14, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    What are Graham crackers sweet or savory I’m thinking more likely sweet but just asking

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    Janie Lawrence Cilo
    August 13, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I am smiling to myself as I write this. First of all, my eldest daughter recently asked me to bake a flapper pie for her and secondly, my paternal grandfather, Henry Frank Lawrence, settled our family home, Sabre Ranch in 1986, at, of all places, Pine Lake Alberta. The ranch is still a going concern now in its fourth generation.

    I have lived in Denver, CO for my entire adult life but both my children know flapper pie well! I now have American grandchildren and a son-in-law who loves this too.

    Thank you for posting your recipe, Karolyn. It is spot on with the one I make. In my opinion, the only other pie recipe that comes even remotely close is a Southern recipe called Chess pie. However, I always found when eating chess pie, that I spent the entire time wishing it were flapper pie instead!

    Thanks so much for putting a smile on my face,

    Janie Lawrence Cilo

    Denver, CO

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Janie Lawrence Cilo AW that was wonderful to read! Did you see my cookbook that is ready to order?  This Flapper Pie recipe inspired the book!

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    Kristin
    July 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Love this pie. It’s one of my dad’s favorites (born in Camrose) and his mother used to make it often. Just a quick tip: if you make the meringue before the custard then put it on while the custard is hot, being sure to seal the edges, you can make a pie that does stick together and doesn’t have that layer of water between custard and meringue. Best of luck!

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    Diane Waugh
    June 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    We make it too, though not often and… love it warm!!!  Somehow the recipe got lost so I was thrilled to find this on my facebook page… thanks for posting it

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      thekitchenmagpie
      June 12, 2016 at 12:17 am

      Diane Waugh Oh yes, it’s a great warm pie too! See? Breakfast! 

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    YYCDOT
    May 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I LOVE flapper pie and am one of those who had not heard of it for many many years! Thanks for reminding me of this childhood favourite.

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      thekitchenmagpie
      June 12, 2016 at 12:13 am

      @YYCDOT Hope that you made it and loved it!

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    EricBalcom
    April 8, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Never have a Birthday with out my Flapper Pie , best served after a night in the re-frig . 4 different ways to have the top 

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    Kowboy
    March 29, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Flapper pie used to be on the menu of virtually every small town prairie cafe and restaurant. Fortunately, my mother (long passed) also used to make it. In my opinion, if you haven’t had flapper pie, you haven’t had pie. Simply the best of the best. Unfortunately, it seems to have disappeared from sight. I am glad that you Ukrainian girls are trying to keep the tradition alive. Never had it fresh for breakfast, but sounds great.

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    Barbara
    March 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    This Flapper Pie recipe made my dad’s day! He kept talking about how his mom made this pie all the time when he was young. He wanted me to make it with a fairly strong cinnamon flavour. He said many people didn’t put much cinnamon, but with his mom’s it was really noticeable, and he said it was throughout the pie, not just in the crust. So, I used 1 tsp of cinnamon in the crust, and 1/4 tsp in the custard….and he said it was just how he remembered it. This is the first time I’ve ever personally tried it, and I have to say I think it is great! I love that it can be made with pantry staples. I also really love that this recipe also led me to this site, which is a treasure trove of recipes I can’t wait to try!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      March 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      @Barbara Thank you SO much for telling me this Barbara! I love hearing these stories from everyone, these stories make my heart so happy! Tell your Dad that I am SO thrilled that he loved it!! Welcome to my site!

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    ElleVancouver
    January 31, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    My Mom was born just outside Roblin, Manitoba to Ukrainian immigrant parents.  I’m going to have to ask her if she heard about or had it.  I’ve never heard of it but I am going to get my daughter to make it as she has the sweet tooth.  Thanx for posting this!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      February 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      ElleVancouver I am sure that she has definitely heard of flapper pie ! Roblin, Manitoba is

      just a hop, skip and a jump from Dauphin where my parents are both from!

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    keirma
    January 19, 2016 at 1:28 am

    My mom still makes Flapper pie about once a month….yummy!

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      January 24, 2016 at 3:28 am

      keirma Lucky you!! It’s definitely a favorite!

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    Ann from Edson
    January 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I got this recipe in home ec in central AB many years ago. (I have been married over 52 years so you know it was MANY years ago!) My recipe uses brown sugar instead of white and is my husband’s absolute favorite pie!!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 24, 2016 at 3:29 am

      Ann from Edson Oh I bet brown sugar is delicious as well! 

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      Valerie lynn Petit
      January 25, 2016 at 4:54 am

      I prefer brown sugar as well.

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    Donald
    September 29, 2015 at 7:29 am

    My mom, born and raised in Calgary, got this recipe off the back of the old IBC Graham Wafers box. Does anyone remember IBC Graham Wafers? The box was dark pink and white in color…haven’t seen them around since the ’70s. Seems to me I read that IBC (not sure what that stands for) was based in Winnipeg. Anyway, Flapper Pie was always one of my favourites!

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    AnneMarieToothill
    August 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    My mom (who was born in 44) got this recipe from her babysitter’s mom who used to make it for them growing up. My mom would make it in a 9 x 13 cake pan and my brothers and I would eat the majority of it that day. Glad to see that the recipe is still floating out there on the web

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      thekitchenmagpie
      August 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      AnneMarieToothill I would LOVE this in a 9×13! That’s a fabulous idea!

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        Linda Bixby
        September 28, 2015 at 12:13 am

        thekitchenmagpie AnneMarieToothill – This pie has been a family favorite *forever* – from family dinners to rodeos. I make mine in a 9×13 pan – – making 2-1/2

        to 3 times the filling. I have even made it once in a pan so big – I used 1-1/2 dozen eggs – it turned out fabulous. It was for a big family get to-gether. 

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    V
    July 28, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Grew up with this pie. However it was not called Flapper Pie, just plain ol Custard Pie. I still make one occasionally. have been for the last 40 plus years. Hot the recipe from my Mom.

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    DeborahAPatterson
    July 6, 2015 at 3:17 am

    flapper pie is like a little bit of heaven mmmmm good it;s the best

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    Carol
    June 21, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Grew up and still live in Alberta. Flapper pie wa one of my Mom’s staple desserts. Came from the thirties because it was good but economical.

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    joanpeterson11
    May 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    LOVE flapper pie. Lived in MB and SK as a kid and I remember it well.  I was fortunate to find it the other day at a little teahouse in rural AB. YUM YUM YUM

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    PatriciaBoen
    May 28, 2015 at 5:15 am

    had this all the time, we were from Central Sask. Mom always made it with whip cream topping.

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    Sandra Rosin
    May 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I too grew up with flapper pie and like many of the comments below, the recipe we used was on the graham crumb box.  We blind baked the crust first and it’s better if it’ cool before adding the cooked filling.  Also, I prefer to use 1 1/2 tbsp. of flour and 3 tbsp. of cornstarch to thicken rather than all cornstarch as is in this recipe,  It holds nicely but is softer and not so gelled.  The eggs are better if tempered and added after the filling is hot and then continue to cook until thick, add the butter and vanilla at the very end after you have removed it from the heat.  I do not bother with a double boiler, but stir it continually and manage not to burn it.  When you make the meringue, make sure the egg white are room temp and ten minutes in the oven are way too long….the bit about saving a bit of the crumbs to sprinkle on top is crucial for authenticity in my opinion.  This lovely pie is made and served at the Grey Goose Café in Kitchener, BC and is very popular so be sure to stop in if you are driving the Kootenays.

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    candasjd
    May 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I adore flapper pie. Thanks for the recipe. My mom, who died last Saturday halfway through her 100th year, made a wonderful flapper pie. You’re right that it is a prairie-only thing. The recipe was on the graham wafers box at one point.

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    Phoebes
    May 25, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Flapper Pie has always been on the menu at the Salisbury House in Winnipeg, where you can have it by the slice or buy a whole pie to take home. It’s always been a toss up for me which I like better; the Flapper Pie or the Sals chocolate dipped spicy cake donuts. Yum! So happy to have the recipe. Thanks.

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    BruceJamieson
    April 24, 2015 at 6:17 am

    You certainly brought back memories.  My mother was a “flapper” of sorts in the late 1920s early ’30s, and in the Kelvington Saskatchewan area, with her own dance band, and made us this pie throughout the 50s and 60s.  Here is a picture of her and the band outside of the telephone exchange (my grandfather’s business) in Kelvington, circa 1932.  Cheers to you and your enjoyable blog.

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      jcgf122
      May 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      BruceJamieson Those photos are awesome!  Thanks for sharing!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      May 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      BruceJamieson These are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing these! I love them!

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        BruceJamieson
        May 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm

        thekitchenmagpie BruceJamieson Thank you.  Her name was Nora Haney, and she married my dad, Alex Jamieson towards the end of WWII.   They both served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Her grandfather was Horace Hartley Haney, who supervised the construction of many trestle bridges for the CPR as it went out west to join up with the branch coming through the Rockies from Vancouver.  He also built the first schoolhouse in Calgary, and at the time, the Duhamel/Battle River rail bridge in the Camrose area of Alberta which was the world’s biggest trestle bridge for a while.  Nice to share these things with you.  

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    momof3
    April 2, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I’m from BC and this is an old family tradition of my Gramdma’s…. She was born and raised in BC too! No one else here seems to know about it, but it is a holiday favourite in our family. Because my Grandma made it, her 3 daughters never needed to! So, now I’m the pie maker! I was asked to make pies for Easter dinner on Sunday and I sent a poll out for what kind everyone wanted … overwhelmingly everyone sent back Flapper, of course! Love it! This is pretty much exactly my Grandma’s recipe.

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    Spoonlicker
    March 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Yah. Thad’d be lemon meringue pie with lemon swapped pout for vanilla.

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    campercats
    February 26, 2015 at 1:26 am

    My Mom made this all the time when I was growing up in a small town in Manitoba. I made this for my children, who also could not wait until it cooled, diving into it and demolishing it in one night.   Now, in BC I make this for my poor friends who had never heard or tasted this delicacy before and I have many converted BCiters who are in love with this pie.  I could not believe that they had never heard or tasted this before!!!!

    Thanks for you post.   I stumbled upon it looking for this recipe as \I had misplaced mine.

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    bcuthbert62
    February 4, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I had forgotten about the Flapper Pie….I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba and have enjoyed the Flapper Pie which was a hot item on Salisbury House menu boards.  Growing up in the North End of Winnipeg, it was a staple pie for us.  I will definitely try the recipe and thanks for the blast from the past!!! 🙂

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    Deb
    January 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    We grew up having lemon meringue in “flapper” crust. Mom blind baked the crust til just golden brown and it would stay together much better.

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    dwall
    January 28, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I got my recipe from my grandma who is originally from Treadwell, Ontario and lived mostly in Hamilton, Ontario…no idea where she got the recipe but I grew up eating this, thanks to my mom!  The measurements vary slightly but the ingredients are the same.  Mind you she never put meringue on it but I bet it’s just as good!

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    Nic Pound
    January 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I’m in the rare category of Flapper Pie being a family favourite. My mum always used to make it, mostly for special occasions. I’m 53 and my mum is 81 and still baking and we are British, living in the UK. She always knew it was a Canadian recipe, but I’ll have to ask her again how she first came about it. The only difference that my mum makes to your recipe is the addition of a layer of mashed banana underneath the custard, but apart from that, it’s identical. Lovely seeing this post, thanks for sharing

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    Tom
    January 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    My Grandmother grew up in Winnipeg, and lived there until 1910ish.  We’d have Flapper pie for Sunday dinners many times during the year.  My brothers and I were spoiled to have her living with us!!  You’ve brought back some wonderful memories, now to the kitchen to make one!!!  Tom.

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    JudyDesfosses
    January 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

    I grew up eating Flapper Pie in southern Saskatchewan, but my mom made it with brown sugar. I loved it! Have you tried Sour Cream Pie?

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      thekitchenmagpie
      June 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      JudyDesfosses No, do you have a good recipe for Sour Cream pie? Sounds interesting!

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        HelenGalbraith
        December 16, 2016 at 3:39 pm

        Sour cream raisin was my Dad’s favourite. It’s ok with commercial sour cream but best is sour heavy cream.

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    Janet Johnston Rude
    January 21, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Flapper Pie was a preferred dessert at Sunday dinners in my family growing up in Alberta. Though my mother would also make it with butterscotch filling as well. I’ve continued the tradition and have made it for years for my children who love it!

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    Gloria Sponselee
    January 20, 2015 at 9:38 am

    This recipe for “Flapper Pie” was on the back of the Graham Cracker box when I was growing up.  

    At Christmas, my mom always made two each of everyone’s favourite pie.  Although the others were the traditional ones; apple, mincemeat, cherry and lemon meringue,  my dad’s favourite was favourite was “Flapper Pie”.   Fond memories

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    Kerry
    November 17, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I loooove Flapper Pie!  We had it as kids growing up in Saskatoon!

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    Kathy
    November 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Karlynn:

    Thanks for the recipe. I had never heard of Flapper Pie until I saw it in an Allrecipes.com e-mail. I wanted to know what it was and looked at it. I am happy to know the history. 

     My mother made this for years and years-and we are not Canadian. It’s called “Cream Torte” and it was not baked in a pie dish. She used a small, deep-sided Pyrex casserole dish, and also used Zwieback for the crumb crust and topping. She used the 6-oz box of Nabisco zwieback, along with the butter, sugar, and cinnamon. She saved out 1 cup of it to sprinkle on the top. Otherwise, your recipe is the same as mine. 

    Nabisco doesn’t make zwieback anymore and to me, it just doesn’t taste the same with anything else. I now make my own zwieback using the recipe at King Arthur Flour.

    It’s spot on Cream Torte now. I can recommend trying it with zwieback.  ”Cream Torte” is calling to me now. . . 

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      thekitchenmagpie
      November 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      @Kathy I think every area has their “cream pie”, that’s for sure! It’s just known as something different in each region! Your Mom’s version sounds delicious!

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        Kathy
        November 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        thekitchenmagpie

        It’s the best! It’s a lot more involved now that I have to make the zwieback, but it’s worth every second to me. 

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    Annie Flanagan
    October 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Well, I’ve only been a Canadian for 43 years and moved directly to Northern Alberta where I encountered it at some of the cafes and diners in the north:  made, of course, by the Chinese cooks every time.  It’s not just our northern prairies that lay claim to this:  my grandma made it for us frequently and it was a staple of the Oklahoma farmhouses of her childhood, along with double boiler cooked custard coconut cream pie :).

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      Prairie Girl
      October 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Maybe you know the coconut version of Flapper Pie

      Was known as Gigolo Pie and was known as the mate to Flapper Pie which has always been my favourite.

      My mother was also a flapper era child and made it

      Often. Grew up in Manitoba and worked in the Salisbury House in high school.

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    TheQueensHotel
    October 2, 2014 at 5:57 am

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    Karen2014
    September 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    We used to make this at the Bessborough Hotel (Saskatoon).  It was always one of the first pies to sell out!  Will be making this the first chance I get!!  

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    patsharkey
    July 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    My husband is a Flapper Pie expert and says this is a great recipe.  I will be serving this for his birthday today.  thanks a bunch.  It has been 24 years before I had him tell me this is the best flapper pie recipe I have ever made, just like his Moms!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      July 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      patsharkey Aw thanks for letting me know!! What a wonderful story and happy birthday to him!

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    Camille
    May 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Txs for the recipe! Ate flapper pie all my life in Ferland ,SK! My daughter in law (from Regina)surprises me with one every chance she gets! Yum! Txs for the recipe

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    Debra
    April 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    My mom is from Alberta and we grew up as kids eating it here in BC, but most people have never heard it it. Still one of our favorites and now my kids ask me to bring it for family gatherings

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    BredbornraisedAlbertan
    April 1, 2014 at 5:02 am

    You have NOT had flapper pie till you have had Lemon Flapper Pie……..My Mom used to make it. It ROCKED. Hhhmmm, sadly her recipes(cookbooks) were misplaced. Guess I’ll have to get creative…

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    Llinse
    March 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    People, this recipe was on the side of the graham cracker crumb box – yes, that was many years ago.  Brian is right you need to bake the crust first, .then add the cooled filling (yes, it was left on the counter to cool) when putting the meringue on top make sure to seal the meringue to the edge of the crust and final hint, use whole milk and real butter and sugar.  It is so good and remember it is a treat.  In our house my non-baking mother would make two pies, she would cut it into 4th’s you got a quarter of pie for supper and before bed, the other pie was cut.  I have no idea if the pie would keep overnight.  I have tried making it with 1% and lite butter but it does not taste anything like the real, made in the 50’s pie.

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    Brian Champlin
    March 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Karlynn

    My Mother made no this wonderful pie every weekend while we were growing up.

    The recipe that I have has been passed along from generation to generation since the early 1800’s.

    In our recipe, the crust is baked for eight minutes, then the filling is added and the pie is left to cool; about three hours (not in the fridge) and then the meringue is added and baked for ten minutes.

    Try it this way and the crust will stay together.

    Brian Champlin

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    Rosemary
    February 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I grew up eating this pie in Ontario…but my Mom called it “Graham Wafer pie”…the recipe was on the side of the graham wafer box at one time.

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    Badgerbluff
    February 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    So, do you actually mix all the filling ingredients together and cook that way, or cook all but the beaten egg yolks, then add them after filling has cooked and started to thicken?

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      thekitchenmagpie
      February 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Badgerbluff  The recipe we use has the ingredients all together, not separate.

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    Carole Clark
    January 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    yummy.  This is available at Vi’s Pies in Edmonton Alberta.   Not just a Manitoba recipe – very much a Saskatchewan and Alberta favorite.   

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 21, 2014 at 12:55 am

      Carole Clark I was JUST there and no flapper pie! I’m going to have to stalk them now lol and ask when they make it! 

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    eileen
    January 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I remember flapper pie as a child growing up in Manitoba.  I printed the recipe and plan to give it a try.  One question … #1 in the Instructions refers to making the crust and not the topping correct?

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    Karen
    January 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Karlynn, just a quick note to help those of us who don’t bake as much and might be confused. In both places where your instructions are listed, you have written “Mix all the topping ingredients” instead of “Mix all crust ingredients. ” I have never made meringue, so I was thinking, “Oh, you have to refrigerate it before you beat it” until I read it through a second time. 🙂

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 21, 2014 at 12:54 am

      @Karen Haha fixed! It’s literally copied straight from my grandma’s recipe, so I didn’t even think of that, thank you! 

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    Randy
    January 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

    In our community in Alberta, a few families made flapper pie but not very often.  I remember my first flapper pie, which was a a box social at the community hall.  I do not remember whose box lunch I bid and won but I do remember the flapper pie.

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      L Lea
      November 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      @Randy A box social! I remember those from my childhood in Alberta!

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    Caroline
    January 18, 2014 at 4:39 am

    it was really neat to read about the cafe that you went to in the pinelake area i was the cook at the campground green acres and made all the pies for years they called me the pie lady before i started it was another elderly lady that taught me to make the flapper pie and i to this day still make it and many other pies great to read your story 

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    Carol Eaton
    January 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Going to have to try this out!

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    Muriel Park
    January 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Lots of people in BC are originally from the prairies and I am sure are familiar with this delicious pie

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    Karlynn Johnston
    January 17, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Brenda I love that story, thank you for sharing it! That’s too funny and cute!

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    Karlynn Johnston
    January 17, 2014 at 5:29 am

    You are welcome Angela! I hope you bake it up soon! Such a Canadian classic!

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    Linda Mack
    January 17, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I still make it … simply a comfort food !!

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    Beth Russell
    January 17, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I love it too…and have made a few in the last couple years. Everyone loves it

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    Ellen Chychul
    January 17, 2014 at 4:04 am

    When I was a child, our little community had Friday night skating parties where we got together with friends to skate on the outdoor rink, complete with music and lights. The women provided lunch as a fund raiser, and I always had a hot dog and flapper pie. These were rare treats and I was sure I’d died and gone to heaven. It’s still my favourite.

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    Theresa May
    January 17, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I grew up in Moose Jaw, SK and my mom made this pie, now I live in Alberta where no one has heard of it. I had a hankering and made one last month, delicious, family loved it and it was gone in no time! Now after reading this, I need another one!

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    Hayley Teague
    January 17, 2014 at 1:29 am

    I’m from Alberta.

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    Hayley Teague
    January 17, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Thank you for bringing back great childhood memories of Mom’s Flapper Pie! My sister called it cake. 🙂

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    Douglas Jameson
    January 17, 2014 at 1:21 am

    An Alberta favourite from my long-ago childhood. Hmmmm…. Time to get busy in the kitchen!

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    Florence Raabis
    January 17, 2014 at 12:52 am

    My Mom made Flapper Pies for years and they were everyones favorite I haven’t made one for a long time but I do still have the receipt And yes I am from Alberta aren’t we a lucky bunch

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    Elaine Knuttila
    January 17, 2014 at 12:41 am

    This is one of my family’s favorite. A must have when my kids are home for a visit.

    I made this for my Dad before he passed away, he wouldn’t eat anything but when I made him some flapper pie he not only ate it but he fed himself.

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    Marlene Sawchuk
    January 17, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Big Clair thing eh?

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    Deby Bryan
    January 17, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Try adding a package of powdered gelatin to the crust ingredients to help stay together

    . Works for me!

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    Leslie Crawford
    January 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    My mom made this all the time for my father. It is his absolute favorite pie. Now that mom is gone I make it a couple times a year for my dad! And have taught my daughter to make it, so the recipe lives on. My mom was from Sask, and I’m born and raised in Alberta.

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    Barbara Gammon Charbonneau
    January 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    And I’ve made it many times, we love it!!

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    Jeanne Renee Nolan
    January 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    A very similar pie, served in a pastry casing but without the meringue and with a sprinkling of cinnamon is a traditional South African favourite, known as Milk Tart!

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    Deb Stewart
    January 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    looks fantastic

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    Marlene Sawchuk
    January 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I love it also

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    Patricia Gammon Loeppky
    January 16, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    We use to have this all the time!! My grandmother use to make it , my mom, and even I made it. It is my favourite pie!! Haven’t made it for years, thanks for the recipe, as I lost mine!!

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    Lynn Ulan
    January 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I love this pie

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    Bev Gaudet Huckle
    January 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I love this pie – really a prairie favorite – people in BC don’t know what your talking about when you mention FLAPPER PIE – YUM

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    Jimmy Webb
    January 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    UMM ! that looks like Pixie Pie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tammy Wallace
    January 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    My Mom used to make this pie. we used to love it when she did. I lost her recioe so am glad you posted in here.

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    Grace Wideman
    January 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I’m in your mom’s camp, my favorite also. I’m from northern alberta.

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    Kelli Juneau
    January 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Flapper pie is the best! I make it every Christmas too!

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    Debbie MacRae
    January 16, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I’ve always loved Flapper pie – a favourite of my Grandma’s and my Mom’s but it’s been about a year since I made it last. Of course, it’s never “as good as Grandma made it…..” but it’s close! Somehow childhood taste buds just had better flavour!

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    Genevieve Deschamps
    January 16, 2014 at 6:52 am

    It was acutally quite popular in Quebec too, when my grandma was alive, I remember eating some quite often!

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    Marlayne Metzker
    January 16, 2014 at 6:01 am

    I’m from Alberta. I remember going to the curling rink as a little girl when my parents were curling in a bonspiel. Hamburgers with cooked onions followed by flapper pie. I can almost taste it now.

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    Audrey-Val Hilker
    January 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

    My favorite pie too, mouth watering!

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    Corbett Enders
    January 16, 2014 at 4:38 am

    She did? Grandma E or O?

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    Elaine Taylor
    January 16, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Loved hen Aunty Gisele made it.

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    Ivy McNeil
    January 16, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Make flapper pie all the time my favorite yes from sask

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    Audrey Flaig
    January 16, 2014 at 3:04 am

    looks yummy…. i will be making this for sure.

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    Cheryl Clarke
    January 16, 2014 at 3:00 am

    My mom still makes flapper pie. I love it! I can’t recall if my girls have tried it.

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    Shirley Fillinger
    January 16, 2014 at 3:00 am

    I used to make this all the time but used flour instead of cornstarch….and yes it is absolutely delicious!!!!

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    Amy Carstairs
    January 16, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Thanks! I’m gonna try this recipe and see how it compares.

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    Brenda Dolha
    January 16, 2014 at 1:41 am

    My Dad comes from the prairies, but it is my MOM’s side of the family that lives for this- we don’t have cake on our birthdays, we have Birthday Pie (this recipe for flapper pie is identical). My grandmother had boarders for years, and every month they would ‘let slip’ that one of the three of them was having a birthday the following week, and Grandma would pencil it in on the calendar… she finally realized what was happening, and said “you three are aging awfully quick, having a birthday four times a year!’ BTW, amongst the hydro employees working on the hydro tunnels in Niagara Falls, there was a waiting list for Mrs. Diamond’s house!

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    Amber Bernauer
    January 16, 2014 at 1:39 am

    My grandma used to make this. Now, my husband’s grandma makes it, and it’s awesome. It’s happiness in a pie plate 🙂

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    Glenda Johnson
    January 16, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Love Flapper pie.

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    Jeannette Fortier Van Camp
    January 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Amy makes delicious flapper pie 🙂

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    Brad Murphy
    January 15, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    My mom always made flapper pie, one of my faves, course I’m kinda partial to all pie!

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    Robin Roland
    January 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Don’t know anyone who doesn’t like flapper pie! And if Aunt Phoos made it, it had to be good. Probably not as good as her cinnamon buns, but still delicious. Tell Chance to try and if he doesn’t like, give to me!!!

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    Dwayne Mayr
    January 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    My mother in-law used to make this, my wife makes it once in awhile, my daughter makes this all the time. My daughter gets requests for flapper pie from everyone she has shared it with, her in-laws, friends, even the local RCMP. We all love flapper pie, it is a favorite at family dinners or any occasion really. I can hardly wait to try it just out of the oven for breakfast. mm mm good!

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    Sharon Roland-Bulmer
    January 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    my Mom made it and I made it and sometimes for a change we use lemon pie filling. Myself I prefer the cream filling. Actuaaly only a couple of days ago I mentioned to my Grandson that I would make one as he said he doesn’t remember ever eating it . I am from Alberta and my Grandmother and mother both made flapper pie.

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    Susan Green Wood
    January 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I have the Birds custard but wondered if the scratch is a nicer? lighter colour and flavour…

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    Abby Lauree Clark
    January 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    My hubby’s favourite! Gonna make for supper tonight. From Manitoba.

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    Kandace Vern Enslen
    January 15, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Me too!

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    Dallas Boyko
    January 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Your uncle Scott just loves this pie!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    How lovely that your mom still makes this! Lucky you 😉

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks Fran!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Hope you enjoy it!

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    Roxanne Ziegler Dickie
    January 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Yum! My favorite!

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    Karlynn Johnston
    January 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I DID find it at a very small town farmers market being sold in the town center, and it was SOLD OUT every time! I never got there early enough haha! Next year!

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    Karlynn Johnston
    January 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Aw, that’s the kind of thing I love to hear! Just like we found the recipe for my mom and made it. It’s such a family tradition!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Ann that’s lovely that your daughter/ daughter in law still make it!

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    Angela Osborne Kurtz
    January 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I also come from Alberta. My Grandma made this pie often!! She told me they made it a lot in the winter because they didn’t always have fruit on hand for a filling but they always had eggs, milk, butter, and sugar. Thanks for the recipe that is one that didn’t get passed down. YUM!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by the site!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    That’s a GREAT IDEA! I forsee a Flapper Pie in a Pan recipe coming up this week, you’ve inspired me now! Thank you!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    You are so very welcome! Have fun baking (and eating!) it!

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    Liesa Rice
    January 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    nummy!!!

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    Maria Rattray Fontaine
    January 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you for posting the recipe!! My mom used to make this a lot but hasn’t for several years now. She has talked many times of how she would love Flapper Pie but you can’t ever find it!! Guess I’ll have to make her one and surprise her!!

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    Joan Omlid Tofteland
    January 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

    My mom made it for Christmas…love, love, love it!!!

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    Angela Spilchuk
    January 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Ummm, wasn’t that recipe in ur mennonite cookbook?

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    Marie Morrison
    January 15, 2014 at 5:53 am

    We love this pie. I double the recipe and it fits in 11×14 pan. Because 1 pie is never enough!

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    Liz Klotz
    January 15, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Have looked for this recipe for years, everyone had something similar but not the illusive “Flapper Pie”!

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    Ann Ziegler
    January 15, 2014 at 5:45 am

    one of our family favorites. Both our daughters & daughter-in-law make this pie. I haven’t made it in years!!

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    Greg Hart
    January 15, 2014 at 4:50 am

    I Love flapper pie! Thx

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    Chelene Freyman
    January 15, 2014 at 4:20 am

    it is a staple pie here still in Maidstone, Saskatchewan, small town pie bingo every wednesday in the autumn months, you better win in the first few bingos if you want a chance at a flapper pie! always the first pie to be gone at the Fall Suppers too. i made it once last year for Thanksgiving to go along with our pumpkin pie, and mly grandmothers made it all the time too

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    CindyWaltersBuscholl
    January 15, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Funny story – Flapper Pie is my dad’s favorite. My mom asked me to make one for him when I was home visiting one weekend. We get out all the ingredients only to find we’re short on milk. We send Dad out to pick up some milk while I get started on making the crust. Milk in hand I start making that delicious custard filling. I’m stirring and suddenly things start to bubble up and up, and up, and up…I had to rush the kettle to the sink before it was ALL over the stove. What the heck? A quick check of the ingredients…Mom had given me baking soda instead of corn starch. :O Dad made another trip for more milk…His mouth had been watering waiting for that Flapper Pie. Oh my but that was a tasty pie! Once we had all the right ingredients! 😀 we still giggle about that 30+ years later

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 17, 2014 at 5:31 am

      CindyWaltersBuscholl Sounds like a wonderful family memory Cindy! And funny too! 

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    Susan Green Wood
    January 15, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Was a favourite in my big Alberta family…I’m gonna make it !

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    Wanda Pandachuck
    January 15, 2014 at 3:51 am

    THANK YOU! I’ve been asking many friends and family for the recipe for “Flapper Pie’ and no one seemed to really know what I was talking about! I can finally make it myself! Happy – Happy – Happy!

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    Diane Gaboury
    January 15, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Yes my mom use to make it as well and it was on the menu at the Sals. When I had my first job there! Many, Many moons ago.

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    Michelle Maher-Lennox
    January 15, 2014 at 1:49 am

    I thought I was the only person on vancouver island that knew about this pie.. Clayton’s grandma made this for us all the time.. Delicious:)

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 12:25 am

    It’s very out of vogue, so perhaps not lost 😉 but so many people haven’t eaten it since childhood!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Lemon is lemon meringue, this has to be a custard filling to be Flapper pie!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Yup, the can of Bird’s is in my pantry!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 12:23 am

    The variations sound lovely!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

    It’s been around as long as my family can remember, thanks for stopping by the site!

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    Karlynn Johnston
    January 15, 2014 at 12:21 am

    You are welcome!

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    Lynne Slater
    January 15, 2014 at 12:12 am

    My mother used to make this and I have a recipie somewhere. She used Birds brand custard in the filling. It is also on the dessert menu in Salisbury house restaurants in winnipeg … Enjoy!!

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    Deanne Ruel
    January 15, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I live on vancouver island and my mom still makes this! Yummy! It was her moms recipe from the prairies 😉

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    Sharol Fennell
    January 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    yep! saskatchewan here too,and this is my Mother and Grandmothers favorite pie,Grandma worked at a Truck stop cafe and they would go nuts over her Flapper pie,This brought back wonderful memories…Thank you

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    Truann Brotzel
    January 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    No–my Mom made lemon pie & flapper pie. Flapper pie is one of my favorites!

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    Susan Geduhn
    January 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Make this all the time have for 40 some years. Family favorite

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    Terry Harrison
    January 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    My mom use to make it with lemon pie filling so we use to call that flapper pie?

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    Trish Bogart
    January 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Ukranian Mother – Check

    Raised in Central Alberta – Check

    Threshing Crew and regular Company Dessert – (Often referred to Boston Cream Flapper Pie) Check

    Flapper Pie last made – actually this very last Friday (first time in a very long time) – Check

    VARIATIONS you might like to try and equally as good for breakfast:

    * if using Instant Pudding mix, bake crust for about 7 minutes before adding custard, LET COOL in refrigerator completely, then add custard and meringue or whipped cream topping.

    * turn this into Banana Cream by adding fresh Bananas on cool crust

    * or turn this into a Coconut Cream Pie by adding finely cut Coconut into Crust or stir longer threads into custard and sprinkle on top of Meringue or Whipped Cream topping

    * Graham Crust is also very good for Lemon Meringue and Pumpkin and then you must try this with a CHOCOLATE Custard = Chocolate Flapper Pie

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    Fran Babiuk
    January 14, 2014 at 6:39 am

    great treat for everyone

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    Pattie Gillette Massey
    January 14, 2014 at 3:35 am

    mmmmmmm

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    Lisa Gordon
    January 14, 2014 at 3:27 am

    it’s not lost, my grandma makes it all the time 🙂

    it’s a family favorite 🙂

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    Betty Marie Hill
    January 14, 2014 at 3:17 am

    I haven’t made this for ages! Was always a special treat! My gramma & my mom made it also, so it’s been around for a very long time, and yes I’m from Saskatchewan!

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    BevHagel
    January 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I remember making these pies at harvest time for the combine crews in central Saskatchewan.  We made lots of them because the ingredients were plentiful and cheap. We didn’t put the meringue on them though, but served dollops of whip cream and strawberries right out in the field.  

    I have come across them all across the prairies at hockey rinks and auction sales.  Brings back lots of memories!  Thanks for the  🙂

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 15, 2014 at 12:26 am

      BevHagel Whipped cream would be very fast, easy and tasty on top top!

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    Penny
    October 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Hate to disillusion you but my grandmother came straight to the Okanagan Valley from England in 1914 and always made this pie for us – often in the Fall – usually Thanksgiving.   

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      gramakimmy
      January 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      @Penny  Recipes are shared between friends and friends of friends.  It could have easily traveled between friends and relatives to everywhere.  I lived in Okanogan and Oroville.  Our house in Oroville was 2 miles from the Canadian border.  Most people people I knew crossed the border for various reasons.  So no one needs to be disillusioned.  I love the recipe exchanges and sharing stories.  Sometimes it’s like connecting the dots. lol


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    MissDeja
    September 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I don’t make pies often – usually just for holidays -  but when I read this post, memories of being a young girl came flooding back, and I got up from my chair and just made it! … I grew up in a little AB prairie town, and a friends mom would make this sometimes when I would eat supper with them and I LOVED it!

    I made one little change which added lovely flavour to the custard – I added 2 Tbsp of butter to it as soon as I took it off the heat, similar to what my butterscotch pie recipe calls for.

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

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      thekitchenmagpie
      September 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      MissDeja  It’s comments like yours that make what I am doing so worth all the work! I just love hearing from readers, especially when it’s beautiful comments and memories like this <3

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    Ileana
    August 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

    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.

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    Karlynn Johnston
    August 15, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I like that name for Flapper pie, what a great memory that is!

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    erinseanpatrick
    August 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    My Momma would call this (famously), “Tuesday Pie”!  So named because it was just a middle of the week dessert, nothing fancy. It is DIVINE!!!

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      gramakimmy
      January 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      @erinseanpatrick I wonder if that was like when my mother in law had baking bread day, pie day, laundry day, putting food “up”.  Meaning canning and other food storage.  I used to think that was pretty funny and clever too.  Production often key, with her family. lol 

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    Karlynn Johnston
    August 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Oh I hope you enjoy it!!!

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    jcgf122
    August 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    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

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    CassieTollin
    July 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Alberta Born and Raised! My grandma makes this pie and it is definitely my favorite! Thank you for sharing your recipe! I did not realize it was an “Alberta Pie” I know when I mention it no one knows what I am talking about! 

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    audrey
    March 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I grew up on this pie although not for breakfeast.  When I got older my daughter and I would request this for our birthday instead of cake.  So we have birthday pie instead of cake, we would have it no other way! The pie would only make it through one sitting because the three of us would not stop eating till it was all gone.   My mother is from Newfoundland and has no connection to the prairies.

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    Kevin Monahan
    January 13, 2013 at 4:51 am

    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

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    liz63
    January 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    something is missing in the ingredients  tried it and taste bland

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    Karlynn Johnston
    December 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Grammyof4boys I love the responses I received for this recipe. It seems to bring back memories for everyone, a true Canadian prairie classic pie!

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    grammyof4boys
    December 31, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I remember Flapper Pie and have always thought it to be one of my favorites. I haven’t had it for years, and this post brings back the memories. Thanks for the recipe, will surely try it soon!!!

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    Rob Nutter
    December 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    you are so funny,making flapper pie tomorrow for christmas.havn,t made it since I was in highschool foods class.

     

    Rob Nutter chef extrordinare,Castlegar BC

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      thekitchenmagpie
      December 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

       Rob Nutter Oh, what a lovely pie for Christmas! Now I’m craving it!

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        Rob Nutter
        December 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

         thekitchenmagpie 

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    KimberleyMann
    November 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I grew up making and eating this pie. I learned it whilst growing up in Red Deer AB. We also baked the crust for 10 minutes before adding filling.

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    Alberta Rose
    November 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    The Alberta way is to bake the crust for 5 to 7 minutes, cool and then finish the pie. It doesn’t break apart then.

     

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    Lindaliz63
    November 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    You use to get  Flapper Pie at a cafe located between Innisfail and Red Deer Alberta. My last 2 visits out west we went there 2-3 times for the pie and going back in January and will be there again. My Mom was raised in Innisifail and we have family there.  She used to make this years ago.

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    happy guest
    October 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Our grandparents came to Alberta in the late 1800’s from other parts of Europe. They made flapper pie too. It is our favorite pie as well. After checking recipes, I landed on your page here. It’s a sweet site. I’m going to surf it from my living room in Calgary. Thank you..

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    Laura MacDonald
    August 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    My mom grew up on a farm around Medicine Hat, flapper pie is on of her favs.

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    Kelti
    August 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Saskatchewan here!.. You may have more success with your pie filling if you bring the milk and sugar to a boil slowly whisking in corn starch…once it boils break in egg yolks and keep stirring at a ow medium heat until it thickens…add vanilla once you remove off heat.

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    CookTheStory
    August 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Hmmm…I’m Manitoban and I have not heard of this. I feel like I’m missing out on some part of my heritage. I’m going to post to FB now and hope that this brings back some nice memories for my Manitoban friends and family. The pie looks and sounds deelish, btw.

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    Donna McGougan
    August 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Mmmm, my fav! Thanks for posting!

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    karacooks
    August 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Interesting. I’ve never heard of Flapper Pie, but the recipe sounds exactly like the standard cream pie recipe that I use. I normally top mine with whipped cream but I’ve seen it topped with meringue as well. 

     

    I also use this recipe w/ about half the cornstarch when making pudding – less cornstarch makes it set up less. Then add bananas and ‘nilla wafers for Southern style banana pudding. 🙂

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      thekitchenmagpie
      August 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

       karacooks Flapper pie is definitely a Canadian term for this pie! The bananas sound soooo yummy!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, you’d be #1 daughter if you did Kandice LOL!

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    Kandice Martinez
    August 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Mmmm, flapper pie is one of my all time Faves! Brings back really great memories of my Grandma It is also my Mom’s fave but she says its hard to find a place that makes a good one. Might have to try this recipe myself and surprise her 🙂

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    Katie Brown Mell
    August 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    yes Alberta born and raised

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Yay Breanne! I love to hear more people are tackling pies! Pastry still gives me a hard time too on occasion, its a learning process for sure! And eating the practice pies is an ok deal 😉

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Linda it sure is a generational pie, isn’t it? It’s a pie I think should be brought back into todays kitchens! Easy and soooo delicious!

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    JanetBrown
    August 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Yipeee!!!!  My mom made flapper pie all the time when I was a kid.  Manitoba RULES!!!  Thanks for this recipe.  A tip…if you cut it with a really hot knife it will cut cleaner.

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      thekitchenmagpie
      August 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

       JanetBrown Oh good tip!!! I will have to try that next time I make it! Yes, Manitoba farm recipes are sure something!

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    Linda White
    August 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you; Brings my mom back …..

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    Breanne Abigail
    August 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    And by bye I think I meant now. Not at all the same word…silly auto correct

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    Breanne Abigail
    August 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Sounds delicious!! I’ve never had it, but will bye have to make one. I’ve been taking a cue from you, and have been making pies here, there and everywhere! I like that this one doesn’t have a pastry crust…they’ve been giving me a headache lately!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Are you a Prairie girl too?

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    Katie Brown Mell
    August 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    i love flapper pie!!

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