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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 
Classic Canadian Prairie Flapper pie recipe!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: pie
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • Crust: 1 1/4 cups graham crackers1/4 cup melted butter1/2 cup sugardash of cinnamon Filling: 2 1/2 cups of milk1/2 cup of white sugar1/4 cup of cornstarch3 egg yolks1 tsp vanillapinch of salt Meringue Topping: 3 egg whites1/4 cup of sugar1/4 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. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes..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.
Nutrition Facts
My Cherished Canadian Recipe: Flapper Pie
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

59 Comments

  1. I grew up with flapper pie. I make it…. Mom made it and still does. Calmar / Leduc Alberta areas.

  2. NANCY THOMPSON Reply

    OH WOW THIS BRINGS BACK SOME WONDERFUL MEMORIES MY AUNT GRACE USED TO MAKE THIS BACK IN THE 40,S AND 50,S GREAT TO HEAR ITS STILL AROUND.
    THANKS FOR SHARING
    NANCY THOMPSON

  3. Yay! Thanks for the recipe. Last time I searched for Flapper Pie online, I found nothing.

    Mom and Grandma both made it (here in Toronto) but I can’t find the recipe among their books and boxes.

    I have so got a treat in store. Thanks.

  4. This is such a yummy pie! Reminds me so much of family growing up. I am born & raised, married & have grandchildren right here in Dauphin Manitoba, & am making it for those grandbabies. They love it. All your recipes are like little bits of family!

  5. Carole Watson (nee Janzen) Reply

    My parents grew up in Saskatchewan and my mother brought her love of this pie to B. C. with her. We grew up loving when she baked this so I also baked it for my children. My children now make it for family and friends. That’s four generations minimum and it’s become our Christmas dessert. I wish I knew where it originated from. My parents were first generation Canadians whose family emigrated from Germany.
    Thanks for bringing this recipe to more people.

  6. I received your cookbook as a gift and have made a lot of the recipes, but the flapper pie is the family Fave! I probably made it 15 times this year! I add an extra egg to make the meringue higher and cut a couple tbsp in total of sugar out when I remember, but the original recipe is perfect!! Great cookbook!

  7. Karlynn I made your Flapper Pie for my company last night…

    So simple to make and such a success, wow ! as one guest from NB stated: totally a Prairie recipe !!

    I purchased your cookbook last fall and love it, the recipes’ are so easy to make, so delicious.. and your raspberry and Saskatoon jam are to die for …. so are the Saskatoon scones… yummy !!!

    Actually am going to purchase your cook book for Christmas presents this year….

    thanks again for all that you do…

  8. I grew up in montreal and graham wafer pie was a staple in our home..
    always surprised at how few people are aware of it..!!

  9. Moira Shannon Reply

    This was my sister’s favorite our grandmother made it. She lived in Medicine hat and it was very popular.I will make it for her this weekend, she will be so excited.

  10. Linda Herron Reply

    Flapper pie was a childhood favourite. This nostalgic reminder makes me want to head to the kitchen and whip up a flapper!

  11. Arleigh Gladwin Stockwell Reply

    I accidentally bought eight dozen eggs this week. I think I can make this.

  12. Betty Ann Mykietiak Reply

    I still have the recipe that I cut from the graham wafer box for this pie and make it often

  13. Barb Thompson Reply

    My grandma used to make this and then my mom eventually took over cause it’s one of my dad’s favorites….but I’ve never known anyone else outside our fam who’d heard of it…til you!

  14. Joanne Patton Steinley Reply

    Living in Pennsylvania now but grew up in Alberta. My sister -in -law sent me your cookbook for Christmas. Flapper pie is one of my favorites. All the recipes remind me of my mom and my southern Albertan Grandmother.

  15. Tania McDonald Reply

    My grandma used to make this and is my sister’s favourite. True story…. one night she woke up in the middle of the night and finished the flapper pie because my grandpa told her he was going to beat her to it \U0001f60a.

  16. Gail Paton Reply

    we lived in Saskatchewan and Alberta when i was a girl and most people we knew had heard of flapper pie. My Mom used to make it for special occasions 🙂

  17. Shanleigh Rice Reply

    My sister loves this pie so much that when she was living out side of Seattle WA and was pregnant she made her than husband drive to a bakery outside of Vancouver BC to go get her a pie twice….

  18. Carol Turton Reply

    Love it, My mom and baba made it always but called it Cream Pie, Love it,

  19. Margaret Kufuor-Boakye Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I am a 60 plus lady and I forgot about this delicious pie that was a popular dessert growing up. I will definitely use your recipe and pass it on to my daughter who is the family baker.

  20. Janet Watson Reply

    Haha. I am nearly 80 and this is a pie my Mom was making when I was a little girl. I am sure that recipe didn’t travel from Canada to the mountains of N.C. .

    • The Kitchen Magpie Reply

      Oh, odds are good! Recipes were traded, shared and treasured back in the day. I’ve been told this is “cream pie” in the southern states!

    • Janet Watson Reply

      It is wonderful even if it came over on the Mayflower! LOL

  21. Just to let you know this recipe is indeed a maritime recipe as my grandmother made it, my mother made it, my sister still makes it and now seeing your recipe posted I am going to dig out the recipe and make it for my husband as he was from Alberta and never had it. This recipe does bring back lots of memories, good times!

  22. Just to let you know this recipe is indeed a maritime recipe as my grandmother made it, my mother made it, my sister still makes it and now seeing your recipe posted I am going to dig out the recipe and make it for my husband as he was from Alberta and never had it. This recipe does bring back lots of memories, good times!

  23. My husband grew up with his Mother’s Flapper Pie……..her family was from Czechoslovakia and lived on Vancouver Island. 

  24. My grandmother also used to make this pie also on holidays. Their family was from a large farm in southern Saskatchewan where I believe this recipe of hers originated.

    My mouth is watering looking at your picture. That is exactly the flapper pie I remember. Yum!

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @Phillipe It’s such a prairie pie, isn’t it! Ingrained in our culture.

  25. My mom made this all the time, just the words “Flapper Pie” make me happy. But she always made it without the meringue layer. To each her own!

  26. acolleenjones Reply

    Thank you sooooo much for posting this! I grew up in Winnipeg, and my grandma used to make this for us. Loved it! I had tried making it once but didn’t quite get it right. Now I’m in Ireland where we don’t have graham wafer crumbs, but I have a recipe for making graham wafer cookies, so I can probably cobble together a pie. Cheers! Colleen 🙂

  27. TammyBarker Reply

    This is my favorite pie….my Grandma used to make it for me….brings back so many memories : )

  28. ACanadianFoodie Reply

    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.

    🙂
    V

  29. Colleen at The Food Blog Reply

    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!

  30. Shelley Taylor Alexy Reply

    I have family in Pine River, Swan River & Winnipeg

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

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

  31. Karen Drabyk Reply

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

  32. Cheryl Clyne Reply

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

  33. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  34. Heather Cushing Reply

    I’ve never heard of this pie… will have to try it!

  35. Cheryl Clyne Reply

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

  36. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  37. Alison Arsenault Reply

    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 🙂

  38. 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! 

  39. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    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!

  40. Shelley Taylor Alexy Reply

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

  41. 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 Reply

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

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