Butternut Brownie Pie

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Growing up, we had a Luby’s Cafeteria near our house and my family loved going.  Lucky for me, my boyfriend and his family also loved going…so I got to go quite a bit.  It was a sad day when all the Luby’s near us shut down, but my boyfriend’s mother (now my mother-in-law) bought their cookbook.  YEAH!

To this day, I haven’t made anything from the book, but I beg my mother-in-law to make one of my very favorite pies…Butternut Brownie Pie.  I have no idea where it got it’s name because there is no brownie in it.  It’s more of a crunchy meringue (like meringue cookies) with lots of pecans and whipped cream.  I begged her to make it for our new year’s celebration and she agreed.  This time, she brought me the recipe.  I think that was my hint to start making it myself.

Butternut Brownie Pie

Butternut Brownie Pie

4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp cream of tarter
1 1/4 cups sugar
14 graham cracker squares, broken into 1/2 in pieces
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
addition chopped pecans for topping

Heat oven to 300F. Lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and baking powder until soft peaks form. Add cream of tartar, beating constantly. Add 1 cup of sugar, a tablespoon at a time, beating constantly until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber scraper, fold in graham crackers and pecan pieces. Spoon into pie plate.

Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small, chilled bowl and using chilled beaters, beat cream just until it begins to thicken. Add remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat. Top pie with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional pecans and refrigerate until served.

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Comments

  1. My kids would love to make this! It sounds great!

  2. Yes, this pie is delicious. So glad that your MIL brought it on New Year’s for all to enjoy. I haven’t had it in a long time. This pie is extremely rich and sweet. I couldn’t even finish my piece. Because of the way the pie is made, it is difficult to cut. It does not cut into beautiful, even slices – even Luby’s had a hard time presenting beautiful pieces of pie. :) But that didn’t keep it from flying off the shelf. I remember one time at Luby’s, there was no pie left on the counter and they sent the manager to the kitchen to “find” another piece of pie — just for you– and he did! Love this pie. It is great. Mom

  3. Oh my, I could really get into this. This is an awesome recipe that I’ll have to try. Right up my alley!

  4. Forgot to put this in my first comment. I remember Luby’s growing up in San Antonio. I loved that place!

  5. Looks yummy!

  6. This looks so yummy! I would love to try this recipe. Your pictures are so lovely too! I’d love if you’d link up to my party going on!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/01/latest-and-greatest-13.html

  7. I spent all morning trying to find this pie! I thought they called it Millionaire’s pie! No wonder it took me so long to find it! Ha! Do you recall a Millionaire’s pie? If so, what was it? Thanks for posting this!

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