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Fran's Angel Food Pie

Rated as 3.62 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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Ingredients

2 h 20 m servings 415 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9-inch pie)

Directions

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  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.

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 415 calories; 27.8 g fat; 39 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g protein; 82 mg cholesterol; 148 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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no, I have not made the pie.... but I "KNOW" this pie is going to taste great... our family has something very close to this... the biggest difference is the crust, we make graham cracker crust.

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bad recipe imo. to much water, not enough substance. filling broke down only hours after being made. the recipe makes twice as much filling as needed for one 9" pie shell. the whipped cream topp...

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no, I have not made the pie.... but I "KNOW" this pie is going to taste great... our family has something very close to this... the biggest difference is the crust, we make graham cracker crust.

I only gave this 4 stars because I have not tried it yet. I will make it this week. I grew up with home made angel food cake and have loved it! This sounds delicious and your story behind it is ...

bad recipe imo. to much water, not enough substance. filling broke down only hours after being made. the recipe makes twice as much filling as needed for one 9" pie shell. the whipped cream topp...

eh, was ok. Fairly easy to make, but, really not much to it. Probably will not make again.

For a switch up, I put a layer of homemade lemon curd into the piecrust before adding the eggwhite mixture. Be sure to let the curd cool before putting it into the pie. Being sure to add ROUN...

Have not tried it yet; but did read the 2 negative reviews. My first thought was that I would add either melted chocolate (or cocoa) to the bottom layer (making it like chocolate mousse) -- OR ...

I just -tried- to make this pie, and something is not right with the recipe. I makes twice as much as you'll need for a 9" pie...you'd probably get a 12" easily. The water and cornstarch took ...

This was ABSOLUTY Fabulous! I had leftover egg whites(From a chocolate cream pie) and a baked pie shell and I needed a second dessert for someone who does not like chocolate. So a quick sea...