Martin Luther King was well known for adoring Southern cuisine. Many articles about this life report that pork chops, collard greens and sweet potatoes were amongst his favorite dishes on the dinner table. And for dessert? Southern Pecan Pie. There is no clear origin of pecan pie, though sometimes it is referred to as “New Orleans Pecan Pie” on menus. Whatever the truth, today Pecan Pie is recognized as traditionally southern dessert that is now popular the world over. As we celebrate Dr. King today please remember that he was an amazing person and lover of classic southern cuisine. Serve yourself a slice of this traditional and delicious Pecan Pie and honor his memory. Also, don’t forget that today is a great chance to educate your children about the importance of honoring Dr. King’s memory. Here is a great article about how to use his favorite food as a teaching tool.
Traditional Southern Pecan Pie
- 1 frozen uncooked pie crust
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 1/2 tablespoons of butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 3 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pie crust on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Choose the nicest looking pecan halves and place them facing up in the bottom of the pie crust in a circular pattern.
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add salt, corn syrup and eggs and whisk until all smooth.Pour mixture slowly over pecans and bake pie in oven on a baking sheet for 25 minutes.
Remove and cover edges of pastry with aluminum foil to keep the pastry from burning. Continue to bake the pie for another 15 minutes until center is set.
Serve warm or room temperature with vanilla ice cream.
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