Fran's Angel Food Pie


This is Dad's favorite dessert! When Fran (Nana) Bamford was a bride during the Great Depression, this recipe was a wedding present from two ladies who ran the lunch counter in Granddad Douglas' neighborhood in Portland.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
1 9-inch pie


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 3 large egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (9 inch) baked pie shell

  • 1 pint heavy cream, whipped

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts


  1. Partially fill the bottom of a double boiler with water, and bring the water to a boil. Pour 2 cups of water into the top of the double boiler with the salt. Place the top of the boiler onto the bottom. Whisk 1 cup of sugar with the cornstarch in a bowl until all lumps are gone, and whisk the mixture into the water until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened and translucent.

  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks. Pour in the hot cornstarch mixture in a slow, steady stream, beating constantly, until the mixture is fluffy and forms peaks. Beat in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Spread the filling into the baked pie shell in an even layer, and chill in refrigerator.

  3. With an electric mixer, beat the cream with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a large metal bowl until the cream forms soft peaks; frost the pie with decorative swirls and peaks of the whipped cream. Sprinkle pie with chopped walnuts. Refrigerate until serving time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

415 Calories
28g Fat
39g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 415
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 89mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.