I often run across recipes that I haven't thought about or made in quite a while. This Refrigerator Pecan Pie is one of them. I can remember my mother making it when I was a teenager. I'm not quite sure where Mom got all her "new" recipes. I know she got some from neighbors and friends and some from a recipe program on our local radio station. Whatever the source, this is a good one for summer. It is easy to prepare and very tasty.
I made it Sunday and one of our dinner guests asked for the recipe, so I'm posting it for him.
Refrigerator Pecan Pie
3 egg whites (room temperature whites will whip better)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
20 Ritz Crackers, crushed (put in ziplock bag and run over with a rolling pin)
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided
8 oz. Cool Whip
Beat egg whites until stiff and then gradually beat in the sugar. Add the vanilla and baking powder. Fold in the crushed crackers and all but about 1 Tbsp. pecans. Spread the mixture into a greased and floured 9" pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 mins. Cool completely and then top with the Cool Whip. Sprinkle on the remaining pecans for a garnish. Chill at least two hours before serving.
When you add the Cool Whip the meringue will fall making it more like a pie with a filling. I made the meringue on Saturday and then added the Cool Whip on Sunday morning. It does need to be refrigerated with the filling for a few hours to soften the meringue so it cuts nicely, but if you do it too far in advance it might get a bit soggy.
When my mom served this we ate it just like this. Since we have had a bumper crop of red raspberries this year I topped it with this raspberry sauce:
Red Raspberry Sauce
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsps. sugar
1/4 cup cold water
2 cups frozen red raspberries
In a saucepan combine the cornstarch and sugar. Add the cold water and then the raspberries. Bring to a boil and simmer until the berries soften and the sauce thickens slightly. Pour the sauce through a sieve to remove the seeds. Chill the sauce before serving.
So, if you need an easy dessert idea, keep this one in mind.
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