Excuse my tardiness in getting this post up and running. My sister is getting married on Saturday and we have soooo much to do!!
In my family there are four recipes that are tradition; Cabbage Rolls, Perogies, Cabbage Buns and Date Square. When I started dating Scott, I was introduced to his family traditions; one of those being Flapper Pie!
Flapper is a super simple pie filled with custard and topped with mounds of light, fluffy meringue and sprinkled with graham crackers. It’s been a staple recipe in Scott’s family for decades and it makes an appearance at all their family gatherings. I had never heard of it until we started dating and after some research, I found that it’s a pie that’s unique to the prairie provinces.
I’ve heard many stories of this infamous pie from my boyfriends mom such as the one time she decided not to make it for a holiday and her father-in-law grumbled the whole way home that he didn’t get his flapper pie. Or all the times she would make one or two for Fowl Suppers down in southern Saskatchewan and they would never make it to the table. She would go to deliver her contribution to the supper and the organizer would just pop it into the truck of his car and ask her how much money she wanted for it. It seemed to always be a huge hit and it’s one of the things she’s best known for!
Flapper Pie is one of those desserts you make just a few hours before serving because the custard and meringue tend to slip apart after it’s been sitting in the fridge for awhile. It’s easiest and must faster if you use the microwave to make the custard – you can get instructions on how to do that here.
This blog entry is part of The Canadian Food Experience Project which began June 7, 2013. As we (participants) share our collective stories across the vastness of our Canadian landscape, through our regional food experiences, we hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity through the cadence of our concerted Canadian voice. I will be writing new entries and posting them on the 7th of each month with a focus on Canadian food, particularly food found in Saskatchewan and the Canadian Prairies. Please join us.