Thursday, May 13, 2010

Soda Cracker Pie Vintage Recipe

This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite dessert!  It is so easy to make and turns out so well every time.  This is basically a meringue with soda crackers and nuts.  I know it sounds sort of different to put soda crackers in a meringue, but it is just soooo delicious!  The crackers give body and strengthen the meringue and the nuts add such a great flavor.  Our family consensus on this is that you could go without the strawberries, but don't eliminate the bananas.  There is something so good about bananas and whipped cream.  We have been making this recipe for a long time. It has been a favorite in my family.  This is a recipe from my mother-in law.  She got this recipe from her mother who made it for years too.  This recipe has to be at least 50 years old.  If you try it, I think you will agree that it is a great springtime dessert!

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Soda Cracker Pie Recipe:
3 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
16 soda crackers -- just the little squares
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup chopped nuts -- walnuts are best
1 banana
Whipped cream -- don't even think of using Cool Whip!

Beat egg whites and baking powder until stiff. Add sugar and vanilla. Break up crackers into small pieces and fold into mixture. Fold in nuts. Drop into circles on parchment paper.  Do not try to bake these on waxed paper or just the baking tins; they will stick.  After they have cooled, they lift right off parchment paper.  This recipe makes about six generous-sized pies.   Bake at 325 degrees for 22-25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool.

Waiting to be topped with berries, bananas and whipped cream!  Unlike my "Meringue Meltdown" post, cracks are just fine, and unavoidable, with this recipe.

Top with strawberries, and sliced bananas. Spread or drop whip cream on the top.

I am sharing this recipe with Michael at  Foodie Friday.


Allie and Pattie said...

I love meringues and this is so different- thanks, Joni!
xoxo Pattie

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

What an intriguing recipe. I don't believe I've ever heard of it.


Teresa said...

This is such an unusual recipe. I've seen lots of meringue recipes but never one so unique.

Pondside said...

This recipe has really captured my attention. I haven't ever heard of anything quite like this - so this weekend......I'll let you know how it turns out.

Sarah said...

Oh, does this one bring back childhood memories. I haven't thought of these in decades. I'll have to make some. Meringues of any type are favorites here. :-)

Kristen said...

What a cool and unusual dessert! Sounds delicious!!!

Melinda said...

This look really light and tasty!

Renée said...

My food of choice at Wendy's is their chili and they always give two packages of crackers. I can't bear to throw them out and now I can make this with them for family and friends. It looks light for Spring and you know I love strawberries and cream. We'll throw in a sliced banana for good measure! Many thanks!!!!