Classic Gluten-Free Flapper Pie
This incredibly delicious dessert is a Classic Flapper Pie recipe but without gluten. The pie is made with vanilla custard, gluten-free crust and topped with a meringue. Flapper pie is a staple of the Canadian prairie culture. I am super excited about this gluten-free dessert. The entire pie is made from scratch, including the buttery tender crust.
The flapper pie may look complicated because it is made with three layers, but it is simple enough for even a novice cook to make.
For the crust, I wanted it to be easy. So I made a paleo crust that is made with almond flour. To make the crust is very simple. Everything is mixed in a food processor, then pressed into a pie dish. Very easy!
The custard layer takes a bit of time because you have to cook the vanilla mixture first, and yes, you have to keep stirring it so that it doesn’t clump up. But once this is done, there is only one thing to do — the topping called meringue.
Meringue is a simple mixture of egg whites, cream of tartar and a little sweetener. The egg whites are whipped until stiff peaks form, and this takes just minutes. That’s it for the topping.
To assemble, pour custard mixture in the pie crust, spread the topping over top and bake. Once the pie has chilled, it must be refrigerated, allowing it to set. The flapper pie is not difficult to make, but it takes a little time and a few extra steps. But I can assure you it is well worth it.
Flapper Pie Variations…
The wonderful thing about a flapper pie is that once you have the basic recipe, you can easily make it into various pies. Here are some of my favourites:
Banana Cream Pie ♥
Placed sliced bananas into the pie shell and top with cream
Coffee Cream Pie ♥
Add two tablespoons of instant coffee to the hot milk mixture and one extra tablespoon of sweetener.
Butterscotch Cream Pie ♥
Substitute butterscotch flavour for vanilla
Chocolate Cream Pie ♥
Mix 1/4 cup of pure cocoa powder and one extra tablespoon of sugar before adding the milk
Fruit Cream Pie (my favourite) ♥
Fold 1/2 cup of fresh fruit of choice into the filling and top with extra fruit before adding the meringue topping.
Coconut Cream Pie (A very popular pie) ♥
Add one cup of shredded coconut into the filling and sprinkle some on top of the meringue before baking.
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