Meringue Pecan Pie

3 egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
20 Ritz Crackers
½ cup Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces
Ice cream or fresh fruit and whipped cream

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites until very stiff; slowly add sugar, baking powder, and vanilla.
3. Break the crackers into pieces about the size of a pea, and stir by hand into the meringue mixture. Add the pecans. Pour into a well-buttered 9-inch pie pan. Be sure to butter the edge and rim of the pan.
4. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes.
5.Serve with ice cream or fresh fruit and whipped cream.

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