Fran’s Angel Food Pie

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.


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 20 mins

    COOK : 2 hrs

    TOTAL : 2 hrs 20 mins

    SERVING : 8

    YIELD : 1 9-inch pie

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Per Serving: 415 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 39g; fat 27.8g; cholesterol 81.5mg; sodium 147.5mg.