Pecan pies are a classic Southern dessert. Loaded with a sweet, gooey filling and lots of pecans, it pairs well with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The History of the Pecan Pie
Nobody knows for sure when or where the pecan pie was first created. It has been surmised that the humble pie first came to be in New Orleans by the French shortly after they settled in The Big Easy. Other thoughts are that they may have originated in the early 1800s in Alabama.
Regardless of where or when they came into being, you can enjoy them today thanks to this easy recipe by Anita Musgrove which is in her book, Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes.
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup white Karo syrup
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 ½ cups pecan pieces
- 1 unbaked pie shell
- Combine eggs, sugar, and syrup. Stir in melted butter. Add pecans and mix thoroughly.
- Pour into an uncooked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
This recipe comes from Renate & Gary’s Restaurant in Big Sandy, Tennessee. It’s excerpted from Tennessee Back Road Restaurant recipes by Anita Musgrove, copyright 2015. Reprinted with permission.
Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes by Anita Musgrove pulls double duty as both a cookbook and restaurant guide. The book is divided into three sections, each representing a region of Tennessee. Here are some of the tasty dishes you will find in the sections:
- Western Region: Chocolate Gravy, Cat Head Biscuits, Skillet Peach Cobbler, Quiche Lorraine, Cheese Straw Twists, and BBQ Spaghetti
- Central Region: Sydney’s Bluff Chicken, Chow Chow, Grits Cake, Square Market Crab Bisque, Amish Friendship Bread Muffins, and Barrel House Brunswick Stew
- Eastern Region: Bourbon Street Pecan Pie, Banana Torte, Jalapeno Clam Bisque, Santa Fe Salsa, The Michael Allman Burger, Tomato Jam, and Plaid Apron’s Winter Stew
The author includes information about the various restaurants that have contributed recipes about the book, including the restaurants’ address, website, and hours. It’s a great resource to have on hand for a road trip in Tennessee.