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Easy Pecan Pie Recipe

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. Here’s how you can make your own pie that will impress anyone – whether they’re from the South or not!

How To Make a Pecan Pie

To make this classic Southern pie, you need the following ingredients:

  • eggs
  • sugar
  • Karo syrup
  • butter
  • pecans
  • unbaked pie shell

There are two basic steps for making a pecan pie.

Whole Pecan Pie

First, combine eggs, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir in melted butter and then add pecans and mix thoroughly.

Second, pour the pecan mixture into an uncooked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

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.

Pecan Pie on table

Pecan Pie

Anita Musgrove
Loaded with a sweet, gooey filling and lots of pecans, this pie pairs well with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 534 kcal


  • 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.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 534kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 6gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 183mgFiber: 2gSugar: 45g
Keyword dessert, pecan, pie
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About Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes

Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes cookbook

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.

Look for Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes at your local bookstore or at

If you like good old-fashioned southern recipes, be sure to check out my recipe for Chicken and Dumplings, Peppered Cornbread, and Southern Buttermilk Biscuits.

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