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Pecan pie is a sweet custard pie made primarily of corn syrup and pecan nuts. It is popularly served at holiday meals and is also considered a specialty of Southern U.S. cuisine. Most pecan pie recipes include salt and vanilla as flavorings. Other ingredients such as chocolate and bourbon whiskey are popular additions to the recipe. Pecan pie is often served with whipped cream.

New Orleans Pecan Pie

Tradition holds that the French invented pecan pie soon after settling in New Orleansmarker, after being introduced to the nut by Native Americans. It is sometimes referred to as "New Orleans pecan pie," adding an aura of French cuisine to a home-cooked comfort food. Attempts to trace the dish's origin, however, have not found any recipes dated earlier than 1925, and well-known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include it before 1940.

The makers of Karo syrup popularized the dish and many of its recipes. Karo Syrup's own website contends that the dish was a 1930s "discovery" of a "new use for corn syrup" by a corporate sales executive's wife.

Cultural context

Pecan pie is often mentioned in American literature (and television) as associated with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special occasions; for example:

Tonight was the monthly meeting and potluck dinner of the Lost River Community Association... Frances had brought two covered dishes, one a green-bean casserole, the other a macaroni and cheese, and several desserts. Mildred, who had prepared fried chicken and a pork roast, heard the phone ringing, but ignored it... After another trip to the car for two cakes and three pecan pies, the phone was still ringing.
:—Fannie Flagg, 2004


The only kitchen item I usually bring to Italy is plastic wrap... This time, however, I have brought one bag of Georgia pecans and a can of cane syrup, pecan pie being a necessary ingredient of Christmas.
:—Frances Mayes, 1997


Dooley handed them a basket stuffed with fruit, nuts, candy, a tinned ham, and a pecan pie. "Merry Christmas!" he said.
:—Jan Karon, 1996


References

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  2. Best Pecan Pie
  3. Cooks.com Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipes
  4. Pecan Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream
  5. History of Pecan Pie
  6. Famous New Orleans Pecan Pie
  7. Food Timeline - Pecan Pie History
  8. Life's Sweetest Little Secret
  9. Fannie Flagg, A Redbird Christmas: A Novel. 2004; Random House; ISBN 1-4000-6304-3
  10. Jan Karon, A Light in the Window (The Mitford Years). 1996; Penguin; ISBN 0-14-025454-4
  11. Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun. 1997; Broadway; ISBN 0-7679-0038-3



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