Walnut Meringue Pie Crust With Fruit Filling

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READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    egg whites, room temperature
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 1
    cup sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 23
    cup chopped walnuts
  • 20
    Ritz crackers, broken into fourths
  • 4
    cups fruit, of choice fresh or canned,drained well
  • 12
    cup heavy cream, whipped,unsweetened
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DIRECTIONS

  • Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  • Add the salt and baking powder.
  • Gradually beat in the sugar; continue beating until stiff and glossy.
  • Add the vanilla extract.
  • Lightly fold in the walnuts and cracker chunks.
  • Spread the mixture over the bottom and sides of a well-greased pie plate; building up the sides.
  • Bake at 325°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Just before serving, fill the center with the drained fruit.
  • Serve the whipped cream on the side.
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