As the pecan nut is native to the southeastern states of the US, as well as other regions throughout the world, and pecan nut trees are in abundance in this area, you would not be wrong in assuming that the pecan pie has its origins here and is a dish that the inhabitants are fiercely proud of.
Some people credit the French who settled in New Orleans with the creation of this exceedingly sweet pie, whilst others claim that a Karo Corn Syrup executive's wife invented the recipe herself in the hope of promoting and boosting sales of the new product at that time.
The pecan pie, however, has only been around for a relatively short period of time, about 80 years in fact, so it is fascinating to see how the pecan pie has quickly become one of the specialities and best-loved dishes of southern eastern cuisine.
There are very little variations in the recipes for pecan pie and most contain the exact same ingredients: pastry, eggs, sugar, syrup, butter, pecans, vanilla and salt.
Other ingredients that may be added are molasses, brandy, chocolate, maple syrup and cinnamon.
Pecan pie is very easy to make and it stays fresh for longer than a lot of desserts, but be warned, for those who have never tasted pecan pie, it is an exceptionally sweet dish, to be enjoyed by those with a very sweet tooth.