This Monday, when we COMMEMORATE Martin Luther King, Jr. for his contribution to civil rights in America, have a piece of Southern pecan pie in his honor. Southern pecan pie was Dr. King’s favorite dessert.
Most recipes for Southern pecan pie are made with corn syrup, which softens the pastry filling and adds texture to the pie. Here’s a tried and true recipe from Sherian Davis Weiss, handed down through generations of her family in East Texas.
I make a version of Southern pecan pie that doesn’t use corn syrup. I make my crust from scratch and I decided to go all-nut, making the crust out of nuts instead of flour. Here’s the nut crust recipe, which I used for the “Cheesecake With Nut Crust” in Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T.:
- 3 cups pecans
- 4 tbsp sugar
Combine the pecans and sugar in a food processor and process until the oil begins to release from the nuts (the nuts will resemble a crust).
Since I’m at school and have no ACCESS to a kitchen, I gave my Mom instructions and she did her best to follow my recipe. She used Texas pecans from Surratt Farms (recommended by Sherian Davis Weiss), which I had received as one of my Hanukkah gifts. They are really delicious. I call this recipe “double” pecan pie because both the pastry and crust are made of pecans.
Southern Double Pecan Pie
- 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 ¼ cup Surratt Farms pecans
- 2 tbsp whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl.
Press the nut crust into a 9″ deep dish baking pan.
Pour the pie ingredients into the nut crust. Bake for 50 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve warm, directly from the oven, or cool.
My Mom decided she wanted to use another of my holiday gifts, the Williams and Sonoma fluted tart pan, to make individual pecan pies instead of a deep dish pie. Bake the individual pies at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
My Mom had my brother, Ross, CONFIRM that the pie is delicious.
Happy 83rd birthday, Dr. King!
Charis and Jennie
- COMMEMORATE = honor
- ACCESS = entry
- CONFIRM = support