Whether you refer to it as “pee-can” or “pee-con” pie, the taste of it is still the same – wonderfully delicious. Pecan pie dates back to about 1886 in cookbooks. According to Wikipedia, the pie was originally produced as a boiled custard with pecans added to the mix and then baked in a pie crust.
The French may have invented it after settling in New Orleans and being introduced to the pecan nut by the Native Americans. The makers of Karo syrup claim to have invented the dish, or at least contributing greatly to its popularity, in the 1930s because of recipes using variants of their syrup, such as caramel, cinnamon, Irish crème and peanut butter.
Regardless of who came up with the idea, this delicious dessert is a winner. People all over the South enjoy it year-round, although it tends to be most popular around the holiday season. Pecan pie is made primarily with corn syrup and pecan nuts. Variations may include white or brown sugar, sugar syrup, molasses, maple syrup or honey.
Some restaurants in Charleston stand out for having the best pecan pie. Those include Middleton Place Restaurant where they call it the South Carolina Pecan Pie and include bourbon caramel sauce and whipped cream. Magnolia’s has such good pecan pie that someone wrote about it on TripAdvisor.
In fact you can order pecan pie at most restaurants in downtown Charleston and feel confident you’ve topped off your meal with a slice of perfection. In our humble opinion, ask for whipped cream on top – that adds extra special deliciousness to every bite.