Southern bells are known for their hospitality and good home cooking

The iconic Dolly Parton doesn’t fall short in any of these categories with her cooking becoming almost as prolific as her voice. 

Make Dolly Parton’s southern pecan pie with all the sweetness and richness you’d expect from a slice of the American south.


1 packet pie crust (thawed)

3 eggs

¾ cup of sugar

¾ cup light corn syrup

1½ cups of finely chopped walnuts

¼ teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons butter, melted

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

whipped cream

How to:

1. Pre-heat oven to 200°c.

2. Line 23cm pie pan with unrolled crust.

3. Use a hand mixer to beat eggs in a large bowl. Add sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and salt gradually to eggs. Mix until combined. Add melted butter and mix until combined thoroughly.

4. Pour the combined mixture into the pie shell and add walnuts. Spread walnuts evenly through the mixture.

5. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 150°c and bake for 45 minutes more.

6. After 30 minutes, add a collar of foil around the crust.

7. Remove from oven. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream.


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Recipe from Dolly Parton’s book Dolly Dixie’s Fixin’s