The most important ingredient of angel pie is time

MINNEAPOLIS - It took years for Rachel Swan to come around to her grandmother's angel pie.

The dessert that flips lemon meringue pie on its head, literally, was Swan's father's favorite. But not hers.

"I only have a memory of putting it in my mouth and spitting it out," she said on a recent morning in her south Minneapolis shop, Pie & Mighty. It was a textural thing - the airy crunch of meringue isn't for every kid. "But my dad loved it and it was like this special bond that he had with his mom."

After her dad died in 2010, Swan inherited a copy of her Grandma Lu's recipe, and after years of testing variations, she has managed to perfect - and fall in love with - angel pie. It's become one of her bakery's signature items.