This is an old favorite of mine. Super simple and fast to make, not to mention sinful, as it has a whole cup of sugar. But oh, my, is it tasty!
Paradise Pie is another hometown favorite made by the folks at Red Apple Inn. Get it? Apple, paradise, Eden? By the way, this dessert goes great with the Chicken Eden Isle posted previously.
Just a tip: I thought I'd get creative and add chocolate chips to this, but it's not a good idea. For some reason it didn't taste right. Maybe with milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet...
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 cup pieced pecans
20 saltine crackers
1 tsp. vanilla
1 - 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 325 F. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add sugar and vanilla while continuing to beat. Fold in crackers, pecans, and about a cup of coconut. Pour in pie pan and bake for 20 minutes. Chill before serving. Right before serving, top with cool whip and sprinkle with remaining coconut. Serves 6-8
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg