Maw Maw’s Karo Pecan Pie

26 12 2014

I had a sweet memory of my Paw Paw as I was chopping pecans for holiday treats. When I was a little girl we’d go pick pecans from the tree across the street from my grandparent’s home. While sitting in his lap, he’d take out his pocketknife and cut open the pecan—it was like he was peeling an apple—and let me eat the pecan meat.

My Mom and her Daddy, circa 1932

My Mom and her Daddy, circa 1932

The picture was my Mom’s favorite of her and her Daddy. I’m sure he peeled pecans for her just like he did for me. I imagine that my mom and her dad would eagerly await the delicious Karo Pecan Pie that my Maw Maw baked for her family.


Pecans are often given as a gift down here in South Louisiana. A pecan pie is about as Southern as a dessert can get. It’s been a family favorite for generations. I found my grandmother’s recipe on a small scrap of yellowed paper. If you received pecans as a gift (or if you didn’t, go buy some), here’s the classic dessert.

Maw Maw’s Karo Pecan Pie


4 Eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark Karo syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pecans (the fresher the pecans, the better the pie)
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
pinch of salt
1 deep dish pie shell

Crust: (I buy ready made though I’m sure my Maw Maw made her own.) Preheat oven to 300°. Prick bottom of shell several times with fork. Add mixture of sugar and flour and rub into the holes. Bake shell for 10 minutes. This keeps shell from becoming soggy.

Filling: Beat eggs and add remaining ingredients. Pour into pie shell.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Goes well with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (but what pie doesn’t).

Other recipes you may like:
Maw Maw’s Hot Milk Cake
Maw Maw’s Cocoon Cookies
Maw Maw’s Fresh Apple Cake
Maw Maw’s Chess Pie

I honor my maternal lineage: I am Connie Lee, daughter of Jimmie Dee, daughter of Jimmie Corrine, daughter of Minnie Mae; mother of Jade Lee-Mei.



6 responses

22 02 2015

Hi Connie,
It’s Monday morning here just North of Sydney, Australia and I’m staring at my screen like a stunned mullet drinking my morning coffee and you could say I’m a little distracted and off course. We have quite a lot of time in the mornings and I have stayed up too late last night with the blog and will crash once I drop the kids at school.
I’ve been looking for a recipe for Pecan Pie to make for a very long time and given your traditions, this is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.
I Googled Karo and understand that’s corn syrup but is there anything I should know about it? I’ve never bought or used Corn Syrup before.
Many thanks!
xx Rowena
PS Here’s my recipe for Australian Pavlova:

22 02 2015

Reblogged this on beyondtheflow and commented:
If you have ever been looking for a recipe for Pecan Pie, you can’t get more authentic than this. xx Rowena

25 11 2015
Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden)

Roweeee, I wonder if this is same thing as your glucose syrup. Connie, I’ve lived most of my life in upstate New York, where pecans don’t readily grow. But for several years I lived in Kansas and I was able to get fresh papershell pecans. You are right – the freshness does make a big difference.

25 11 2015

Yes, freshest anything is always best!

22 12 2015

Darlene’s family has a pecan farm. People tend to want the largest pecans because they are more showy. But, pecan growers know that the smallest pecans have much more oil. And the pecan oil is what gives you the taste. When most of the pecans are small, the French scoop most of them up. When they are large, the Chinese are the top buyers because they use them for status more than taste.

22 12 2015

I had no idea! Good to know.

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