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Graham Cracker Pie - Wed, 09/29/10 10:09 AM
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I had never heard of Graham Cracker pie before, until my cousin Johnny and I recently had it at Barbara Fritchie Candystick Restaurant in Frederick, MD.  Here is what it looks like it.

There was a graham cracker crust and we certainly thought we tasted cinnamon and brown sugar, too.  The filling was vanilla pudding.  I thought this most likely was just an unusual specialty of the house.
 
On Monday, I stopped in at Weaver's Restaurant in Hancock, MD for lunch and they also had Graham Cracker pie.  Only their version had a taller, better meringue.  I haven't downloaded the photos yet, but will add the photo after I do.
 
Is Graham Cracker pie a western Maryland thing or do restaurants elsewhere in the country have it, too?
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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Thu, 09/30/10 5:02 AM
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Did you like it?
 

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Thu, 09/30/10 2:04 PM
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Don-
The one at Barbara Fritchie's was just average, but then so was all the pie we tried there.  The Graham Cracker pie from Weaver's Restaurant, seen here:

was much better.  That is some fine meringue there!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Thu, 09/30/10 3:05 PM
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Everything  at  Barbara  Fitchies  is  "just average".  I  would never call it  a roadfood  destination.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Fri, 10/8/10 10:44 AM
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Graham cracker pie is also a southern Pennsylvania thing. I grew up in York County, PA and remember (very fondly) the ones we used to get in the cafeteria of the now defunct Bear's department store. It was served warm and the meringue was about five inches high. Thanks for the memory!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Fri, 10/8/10 1:52 PM
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Thanks for the info shortchef.  Next time I'm in the area, I will keep my eye out for it.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Fri, 10/8/10 2:14 PM
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My Grandmother in PA made Graham Cracker Pies. She usually put a coconut creme filling in them!
I Googled Graham Cracker Pie Recipe and there is a bunch of Stuff on there. Here's one from allrecipes.com  
Graham Cracker Pie
Submitted By: Jolene
Servings: 8
"The graham cracker crust for this pie is made with brown sugar and cinnamon, lending an extra depth of flavors to this tasty treat. The filling is a simple, but lovely egg custard with a hint of vanilla. Pour it into the shell and chill before serving. Decorate the pie with sprigs of mint and a sprinkling of nutmeg."
Ingredients:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flou
1 pinch salt
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
1.To Make Crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well, then stir in softened butter or margarine. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
2.Generously grease an 8 inch pie pan. Press graham cracker mixture evenly into pan. Chill until ready to use.
3.To Make Filling: In a heavy saucepan, mix together sugar, flour, and salt. Gradually add milk, stirring well. Add egg yolks and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Stir in vanilla extract and allow mixture to cool.
4.Pour cooled filling into crust and chill before serving. 
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Printed from Allrecipes.com 10/8/2010
 
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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Fri, 10/8/10 3:45 PM
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That's a stunning pie! 

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Sun, 10/10/10 11:19 AM
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Buffetbuster, Bear's isn't there anymore. Your best bet is to make your own. See foodbme's recipe above. But if you are in the York area, you might try Lee's Diner (I think they're still open) 'way out on West Market Street
. Their address is 4320 West Market Street and their phone number is 717-792-1300. They are famous for their pies and they may have that one.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Thu, 10/14/10 9:05 AM
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shortchef-
Thanks for the tip on Lee's Diner, but sorry to hear Bear's isn't there any more.  As for me making my own, I am much more of an eater, than a baker!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Thu, 10/14/10 10:24 AM
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We used to make the Chocolate pudding pies with graham Cracker crust. Thats how I won over my wife, not a Chef at the time of courting her...

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 05/23/11 4:03 PM
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Graham Cracker Pie is also made up here in Maine.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 10/29/12 7:49 AM
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Found another good slice of graham cracker pie

this past weekend at the recently Bruce & Sue reviewed Summit Diner in Somerset, PA.  The vanilla filling tasted like it was from a box, but the airy meringue and graham cracker crust were both wonderful.
 
For those traveling the PA Turnpike, Summit Diner is very, very short distance off the highway.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 10/29/12 2:04 PM
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Foodbme - thanks for the delicious looking recipe, is that light or dark brown sugar, or does it matter?

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 10/29/12 2:43 PM
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BelleReve


Foodbme - thanks for the delicious looking recipe, is that light or dark brown sugar, or does it matter?

It's kind of up to you:  if you use dark brown sugar you'll get a stronger molasses flavor than with the light brown.
 
BB:  I've never made a graham cracker pie, but have definitely wanted to try it!  Glad you posted on this. :)

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 10/29/12 2:54 PM
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love2bake-
If you do make the graham cracker pie , please let us know how it turns out!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 10/29/12 2:54 PM
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Buffetbuster
 
If you ever make it to Diehl's in Nitro WV,  Graham Cracker Pie is also on their menu. As much as I wanted to try it, I passed it up for their peanut butter chocolate pie.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 10/29/12 3:11 PM
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My mom made pies with graham cracker crust all the time when I was growing up.   It was the easy way to make a pie crust.   I never heard it called a 'graham cracker' pie; it was always lemon meringue,
vanilla, Cherri, type pies with graham cracker crust.


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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 10/29/12 8:04 PM
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Same here , Ed. Mom made graham cracker crust for certain pies-the best was when she baked it with sliced almonds for her cherry pie. To die for.....

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 6:27 AM
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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 11:09 AM
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edwmax


My mom made pies with graham cracker crust all the time when I was growing up.   It was the easy way to make a pie crust.   I never heard it called a 'graham cracker' pie; it was always lemon meringue,
vanilla, Cherri, type pies with graham cracker crust.


 
That's because Graham Cracker pie is neither of these- it's a unique regional specialty indigenous to Appalachia
(think the I81 corridor from harrisburg PA down to WV)


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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 11:25 AM
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wanderingjew


Buffetbuster

If you ever make it to Diehl's in Nitro WV,  Graham Cracker Pie is also on their menu. As much as I wanted to try it, I passed it up for their peanut butter chocolate pie.
Now that means I will have to try both pies when I get there.  You won't think less of me, will you? 


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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 12:16 PM
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wanderingjew


edwmax


My mom made pies with graham cracker crust all the time when I was growing up.   It was the easy way to make a pie crust.   I never heard it called a 'graham cracker' pie; it was always lemon meringue,
vanilla, Cherri, type pies with graham cracker crust.



That's because Graham Cracker pie is neither of these- it's a unique regional specialty indigenous to Appalachia
(think the I81 corridor from harrisburg PA down to WV)

 
The pics and recipe given above are the same or similar to the way Mom made her pies.   A graham cracker crust with a pie filling.  We never called these 'graham cracker' pies.    ... From the title of the thread I expected something different.
 
So describe what you are referring to as a 'graham cracker' pie if the above is not it.
 
Oh ... I do realize this thread is more than 2 years old, but it got resurrected.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 12:43 PM
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Edwmax-
From the three graham cracker pies I have found so far, the common theme seems to be graham cracker crust, vanilla filling and more graham cracker sprinkled on top of the meringue.  And in the case of the top photo, lots of graham cracker!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 3:09 PM
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I first had graham cracker pie at the Rosenolw in Lincoln, Me about 40 yrs ago.  When they had it I ate graham ctacker pie for both breakfast and lunch.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 3:13 PM
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Well Walt, I guess it isn't necessary to ask you if you liked it or not!
 
That is the second Maine reference in this thread.  Isn't it bad enough that Maine and Pennsylvania fight over the whoopie pie?

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 3:40 PM
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buffetbuster


love2bake-
If you do make the graham cracker pie , please let us know how it turns out!

Will do!  And it's about time for me to get a photo account somewhere so I can finally post pics. 

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 3:46 PM
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www.photobucket.com  
 
It's a great, free program for hosting your pictures.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 4:38 PM
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buffetbuster


Edwmax-
From the three graham cracker pies I have found so far, the common theme seems to be graham cracker crust, vanilla filling and more graham cracker sprinkled on top of the meringue.  And in the case of the top photo, lots of graham cracker!

 
It's still the same. Mom most times used brown sugar sprinkled on top; sometimes brown sugar & graham cracker.    The top photo is a pie that is upside down.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 4:47 PM
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Photobucket is the ONLY way to go!  Just make sure you mark it as PRIVATE.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 7:14 PM
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Nope, WJ-maybe its unique to that area, but was not unique to our household. Mom made graham cracker crusts, AND sprinkled the rest on any given pie she made. Again, could be regional.And specific to an area.What was pictured is something I ate...alot.
 

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 7:17 PM
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......and she filled the pie with vanilla, cinnamon, etc....and pudding. But then she became experimental with it!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 10/30/12 8:23 PM
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ann peeples


Nope, WJ-maybe its unique to that area, but was not unique to our household. Mom made graham cracker crusts, AND sprinkled the rest on any given pie she made. Again, could be regional.And specific to an area.What was pictured is something I ate...alot.


 
Ann,
 
I've never seen it on a menu outside of Appalachia, doesn't mean that the recipe has found its way outside of that region.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 03/11/13 9:37 AM
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On the way home from DC yesterday, we stopped in at Barbara Fritchie's Restaurant in Frederick, MD.  Once again, I could not pass up a slice of graham cracker pie and this one was significantly better than the one in the original post in this thread. 

Tall, airy meringue and the vanilla filling tasted particularly fresh.  The thin layer of shell on top was substantial enough that when I applied pressure with the fork, it went right done through the meringue, through the custard-like filling, through the graham cracker crust, only tearing when the fork met the plate. 
 
Mariton and I agreed that this was the best slice of graham cracker pie we have tried yet and a big improvement from the first one we had here.
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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 03/11/13 10:45 AM
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Oh my gosh--I can practically smell that pie, BB!  So envious.  I do need to try making one.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 03/11/13 10:48 AM
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love2bake-
I went back and reread the thread and was curious if you had baked one or not.  If you do, please report back!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 03/11/13 11:33 AM
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BB - Graham "crack"ers are named appropriately--I LOVE them!  So I need to line up a recipient for the pie right after I make it, or I'll eat way too much of it.   (I had to give away the rest of the chess pie I recently made, too.)

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 03/11/13 12:07 PM
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Guess when you all congregate in Milwaukee, I will have to make you a graham cracker pie-Mom's way!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 03/11/13 5:06 PM
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I have an old cookbook A Thousand Ways to Please A Husband 1917 and the revised 1932 edition by Helen Cowles Lecron  and Louise Bennett Weaver.
They also wrote Bettina'sBest Salads and Bettina's Best Desserts.
Bettina being the main character along with her husband Bob and their friends.The book was written like a novel'each chapter was about something to do with them and their friends and family.Then at the end of the chapter was given the menu for that day and the recipes.Like when Bettina gives a bridal shower party for her friend Alice.
They also wrote the book A Thousand Ways to Please A Family which also follows the same vein with Bob,Bettina and their two children Robin and Sue and their friends and their families from the previous book.This book is on Google Books.I thought I saw in it a recipe from graham pie.
They also wrote a kiddie's cookbook entitled When Sue Began to Cook.
They are very charming.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Tue, 03/12/13 10:33 AM
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Photobucket is the ONLY way to go!  Just make sure you mark it as PRIVATE.

I'm glad I just re-read this!!  I hadn't marked it PRIVATE.  Thanks for posting!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Sat, 04/13/13 2:32 PM
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My first experiment with a graham cracker pie.  I won't be able to taste it for hours, though!


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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Sat, 04/13/13 4:49 PM
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Can't wait to see the pictures and hear your comments!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Sat, 04/13/13 4:58 PM
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Mine aren't private except for family pictures.  I don't mind others seeing my pictures.
 
Sweet pie!

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Sat, 04/13/13 8:55 PM
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Okay, so I don't love this pie.  Maybe it'll be better tomorrow--a lot of pies are--but I think I'll try one of my other recipes for it next time. 


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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 04/15/13 10:18 AM
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THAT is a beautiful looking pie.  Sorry to hear you didn't like it more.

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Re:Graham Cracker Pie - Mon, 07/1/13 1:08 PM
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Another fine slice of graham cracker pie,

this time at the wanderingjew reviewed Diehl's in Nitro, WV.  The graham cracker crust seemed a little thinner than others I have sampled, but the homemade vanilla filling was spot on.