Happy National Pecan Pie Day
July 12th is National Pecan Pie Day!
There is some debate on where pecan pie came from. Some claim pecan pie was first made in New Orleans by French immigrants in the 1700s after being introduced to the pecan by Native Americans. While others say pecan pie was first made in Alabama. Neither of these claims are really supported by any evidence, so if you know of any, let us know!
The first documented pecan pie recipes appeared in Texas cookbooks in the 1870s.. The first recipe that resembled a modern pecan pie was published in St. Louis in 1898 but was sent in by a woman from Texas. So as you can see the history or pecan pie is definitely not certain.
By the 1920’s however, the pecan pie started gaining popularity due to Karo Syrup putting recipes on their cans.
Pecan Pies are classified as a “sugar pie”. Common ingredients in pecan pie are Karo syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and pecans. Some substitute Karo syrup with brown sugar and molasses, and some recipes add bourbon, rum, or whiskey into the mix. Pecan pie is always baked in a traditional flaky dough pie crust instead of a crumble crust like some other pies.
The Largest Pecan Pie
Officials of the Okmulgee Pecan Festival earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by making a 40-foot diameter pecan pie, that was 31 feet in diameter and weighing 2,508 pound.
Here is a Recipe for you to Try Out!
You can also purchase this recipe card from our gift shop to send to friends and family.