"binx" gardner's cream pie

Yield: 12 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 quarts 40% cream
6 Egg whites
2 tablespoons Flour
¼ teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1⅔ cup Sugar

Hand beat egg whites until somewhat frothy. Combine flour, sugar and salt and add to egg whites; beat until smooth, losing grainy look. Add vanilla. Beat again. Add cream and stir until well blended. Have ready a baking dish, Pyrex or deep metal pan (milk pan) lined with a short pastry which has been chilled in refrigerator for some time. Pour cream mixture into crust and bake in a very slow oven, 250 ~275 degrees F., for 4 hours. It must not boil. Best done the day before and allowed to set.

This cream pie, a fifth or sixth generation recipe, has a custard like texture and a delicious flavor. A. K. (Binx) Gardner had the recipe from Mrs. Obadiah Gardner, his mother, who had it from her mother and grandmother. The pie is cooked in a very slow oven for 4 hours and allowed to set for at least another day before it is served. This is a large pie. A small "sliver" of the pie makes a good dessert.

From THE FLAVOR OF MAINE by Brownie Schrumpf. A culinary special published by The Bangor Daily News. @ 1976.

Shared by Robert Rostrup

Submitted By GAIL SHIPP On 02-23-95

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