Flapper Pie

What You Need:

  • 9" pie pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Small pot
  • 1 ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks lightly beaten
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup sugar

What You Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, have him add the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Show him how to stir in the butter, until well combined.
  4. Set aside about a quarter of the mixture, and invite him to press the rest into a 9” pie pan.
  5. Bake it for 7 minutes, and then let it cool. Turn the oven up to 425° F.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small pot: Combine the milk, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla and bring to a boil. Stir well all the while.
  7. In your bowl with the lightly beaten eggs, stir in a little bit of the hot milk mixture. This is called tempering. It brings the temperature of the eggs up a bit so that they don’t cook or set.
  8. Help your child pour the egg mixture into the saucepan.
  9. Cook on low heat for a couple minutes, until the custard thickens. Set aside to cool, and start working on the meringue.
  10. In a small mixing bowl, show your child how to whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Ask him to slowly beat in the sugar until stiff peaks can be seen.
  11. Ask him to pour the custard into the pie crust.
  12. Spoon the meringue over the custard, making sure to cover the custard completely, all the way to the crust.
  13. Bake at 425° F for about 5 minutes, until the pie is lightly browned.
  14. Let it cool for several hours, and enjoy!

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