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Cream Cheese Cherry Meringue Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Cherry Meringue Pie Recipe

People are surprised to hear this pie's meringue crust features saltines. The cream cheese and cherry pie filling make this dessert extra special.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 12 crackers)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and vinegar on medium speed until soft peaks form, Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in the cracker crumbs, pecans, baking powder and vanilla.
  • 2. Spread onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased deep dish 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 350° for 14-18 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool on wire rack (meringue shell will fall in center).
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into meringue shell. Top with pie filling. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 280 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.