Fresh Strawberry Meringue Pie

This pie is an old recipe that I have had since I was a kid in the 1950’s. The pie crust must have it’s roots in Australia’s desert, pavlova. This pie was originally in the 1952 Betty Crocker Cookbook. This recipe is different because it is made in a pie pan with a circle of parchment paper in the pan.  Also this recipe calls for crushed saltine crackers and nuts that is folded into the meringue to give it a wonderful texture. I also added a few videos to watch on how to make meringue.

This is a low cost desert to make and can be adjusted with less sugar and salt free crackers. I loved this pie as a kid. Some cooks are afraid to make meringue, but it is not hard.  You just have to remember that your bowl and beaters are real clean before you use the mixer. Also you need to add the sugar gradually into the beaten egg whites. Then let them beat until you can’t feel the sugar between your fingers when you rub them. Sometimes it can take 5 minutes or more.  To crush the soda crackers just put them in a baggie and roll them with a rolling pin.  You fold them into the meringue with the nuts very gently.

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Meringue is  spread in pie plate leaving an indent in the center.

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Meringue will sound hollow when gently tapped and with has slight cracks in it when done.

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After cool, fill with unsweetened strawberries,

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Cover with whipped cream.  I used a piping bag with a star tip.

Fresh Strawberry Meringue Pie

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  •  1 cup of sugar
  • 10 soda crackers crushed rolled fine
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 1/2 quarts of strawberries
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Directions

Beat egg whites and baking powder until stiff with electric mixer.  Add sugar gradually while beating. Fold in gently cracker crumbs and then nuts. Spread in 9 inch pie pan and up the sides evenly. Bake for 30-45 minutes in a 300 degrees oven. Cool and fill with unsweetened strawberries. Whip cream until stiff peaks form, sweeten if desired.  Top pie with whipped cream.

 

 

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. I don’t care how far away you live Momoe, I swear I’m coming over for meals. Well, in my dreams. Odd but wonderfully sounding recipe. My grandmother’s meringue never had soda crackers in it but I do have that edition of Betty Crocker’s book so if I come across it, I’m going to look up pavlova. Just for the H of it because as you probably know; I seldom even cook, let alone bake.

    I believe this would make a unique and sensational dessert to take to someone else’s house, never mind making for eating at home.
    ~~dru~~

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is on page 317 and it is called Strawberry Meringue Pie. It was the cookbook I learned to cook with as a kid. The recipes in that cookbook came out of the depression and WWII when cooks had to make do. They kitchen tested them and put them in this cookbook. It is highly collectable now. Cookbook collectors call it the Big Red Cookbook. It is collected for it’s recipes. I found a couple of Mexican videos that makes this pie but they were in Spanish.

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  2. Reblogged this on saywhatumean2say and commented:
    Wishing Momoe would make this for me! ~~dru~~

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  3. Kat L. says:

    I’d sell my soul for meringue, and even more so for pavlova… this just looks so delicious!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It isn’t that hard to make. That is why I included the videos so how to bake the meringue.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      1. Kat L. says:

        I’m trying to get rid of my winter additional kilograms right now, but once it’s done, I’m definitely going to try making pavlova. Meringue with summer fruits is one of the world’s greatest miracles 🙂 Thank you for posting the recipe!

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  4. This looks illegally delicious. I tried to poke my fork through the screen but alas I did not get any pie on it 😦

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  5. trkingmomoe says:

    :LOL I guess you will just have to make one. It did not last long around here.

    Thanks for your comments.

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  6. seannahill says:

    R u a 👨‍🍳 or what do u work for

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I am retired and a grandmother and this is my hobby.

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  7. Oh my goodness!! I think I have gained 10 pounds just looking at your delicious recipes!:)

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is one of those easy desserts that wow people. It is also fun to make. It is not expensive to make except for the whipping cream but you can use cool whip. You can make the worst looking misshaped meringue in the world but after you pile on the strawberries and cream. It becomes a master piece.

      Thanks for your comment.

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