I’m pretty serious about birthdays. If it’s your birthday, you get to request whatever treat you want. Past productions include triple decker layer cakes, deep dish apple pie and creme brûlée. For this birthday, Ron requested an old-fashioned Flapper Pie. I imagine you’re either nodding fondly…or you’re thinking, ‘what is a Flapper Pie?’
If you know about Flapper Pie, I would guess you grew up in western Canada in a certain period of time. Flapper Pie made a regular appearance at all Fall Suppers and most Prairie cafes when I was a kid.
It’s a fine enough pie and people love it, but it’s a messy one. The graham cracker crust is soft and falls apart. It always drove me crazy because the meringue beads up and then starts to weep, turning your pie into an unattractive (but still tasty) puddle. I hate that!
This pie was overdue for a makeover. I wanted a graham wafer crust that held together, a meringue that stayed picture perfect (no beading and no weeping) and a filling that had some layers of flavour….