The Danbo Brothers: Flapper Pie Day



The Danbo Brothers, ever-willing helpers.


The secret to a happy life:
love wherever you are,
do only what you love
and love everything you do.

~ BJC (my partner)

Making Flapper Pie

The Danbo Brothers caught wind of my plans to make a Flapper Pie today and hung around the kitchen all morning waiting for me to start. They just love doing anything in the kitchen. In fact, as far as I can tell, the Danbo Brothers seem to enjoy everything they do. For them, there is no such thing as work—it’s all simply just play. No matter how hard they work, it’s all fun and games to them.

The first thing to do when making a Flapper Pie is to crush your graham crackers into crumbs for the pie crust. I enlisted the Danbo Brothers’ help to load up the food processor with graham crackers for me. It’s true, I could have done it myself in a fraction of the time it took them to make the nine trips to the food processor with nine loads of crackers, but then we would all miss out on a lot of fun, wouldn’t we?



A childhood favourite, Flapper Pie (also known as Vanilla Cream Pie) was once a popular dessert on the Canadian prairies.

Flapper Pie was commonly made in households across the Canadian prairies during the 1950’s to 1970’s. It is a vanilla custard pie with a graham wafer crust and a meringue topping. My Mom made it often. It was my favourite childhood dessert and I still love it today.


The Danbo BrothersTo find out who the Danbo Brothers are and how they came into my life, check out my previous post: Meet the Danbo Brothers.





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Image Credits:

All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2011-2015 madlyinlovewithlife

17 thoughts on “The Danbo Brothers: Flapper Pie Day

  1. Looks delicious Jeannie, I’m sure your mum’s is the best and most amazing, and she has passed this gift onto you. I can almost smell it. Have a great weekend.


    • Hello Mark! Those early childhood favourites our mothers made for us often stay as favourites, don’t they? I think one reason I adore this pie so much is that I used to love watching her make the custard. It never failed to amaze me to see the steaming hot milk turn into a thick creamy custard when she streamed the tempered egg yolks in. Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a very delicious Sunday!

    • Hello Nancy! I see you’ve stumbled upon Big Danbo and Little Danbo. Yes, indeed—the Danbo Brothers are definitely intriguing little characters. They have been living with us for some time and they certainly have a way of always keeping things interesting around here. Happy 4th of July to you! Thanks for stopping by! :))

  2. Hello Jeannie!
    How lovely to see the Danbo Brothers enjoying the summer, and getting a taste of delicious Flapper Pie in the process :) The pie looks delicious, and I hope you and your partner (and the Danbo Bros) enjoyed each morsel. I love the quote too.

    Wishing you a perfect weekend,

    • Thank you dear Takami! This is a light, perfect summer dessert and we all enjoyed it immensely! The best part of cooking and baking for me used to be the eating part, but more and more, over the years, I’ve come to enjoy the process just as much. In fact, sometimes I enjoy the process even more than eating the food. The Danbo Brothers have certainly taught me how to slow down and enjoy each step along the way—and I have to say, they are really onto something. I’m enjoying cooking more than ever. Thank you so much for stopping by. Wishing you and your husband a very delicious week ahead! :)))

  3. Wonderfully done Jeannie.. I see they like flapper pie as much as I do and are more than willing to help! :))Hope your weekend is going well my friend :)

  4. She is beautiful pie of Danbo brothers, they had to feast on.
    She is beautiful this pie.
    I wish you a beautiful sunny Sunday Jeannie…

  5. This looks like a perfect way to enjoy a weekend, especially with the Danbo brothers helping out! Great photo, and this sounds like a pie right up my alley (I love custard). Cheers to a great weekend for you (looks like you are off to a great start).

  6. I’ve not heard of a flapper pie! And I see you’ve made at least two… Are they all gone now?? And a question: since this is a graham cracker crust, do you use a pre-heated cookie sheet under that Pyrex pie dish (to aid in browning) or is it not necessary?

    • These Flapper Pies seem to evaporate into thin air in no time! But I’d bake an extra pie for you, Koji! There’s a story to these Flapper pies that I’ll do a blog post about one day – it’s the reason I usually bake two pies at a time. If you like vanilla pastry cream, you’d love this pie. I have never used a preheated cookie sheet to brown the graham crust, but I think it would be a good idea!

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