Cherry Mergingue Pie

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 8-10 servings

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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

Method

•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.
• 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).
• 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.

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