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Stupid Pie

Stupid Pie is a testament to the creativity and resourcefulness of Southern kitchens. The unexpected blend of ingredients creates a pie that is both familiar and intriguing, making it a standout dessert, or at least a conversation starter, for any occasion.

Recipe Video Here!

Stupid Pie is what MY family calls it and I've never been able to figure out why or what it even is until recently. I turned into a food anthropologist recently and tried to dig up whatever I could. This pie is definitely hyper regional, only Southerners will be familiar with it, and even then, maybe only your mawmaw or granny might know what it is or how to make it. A follower of my page DM'd me that she read about this recipe in Southern Living Magazine a long time ago and that she enjoyed it as a pecan pie alternative!

The alternative names for this confection are "Ritz Pie", "Mock Pecan Pie", "Angel Pecan Pie", and "Pecan Delight Pie" but a pie by any other name still tastes as sweet! The origin story I could find was that this was first seen in a church potluck cookbook and was created to celebrate the arrival of a new pastor and his wife to a Tennessee town, how sweet of them!

If you're looking for a hyper regional, vintage dessert recipe to try, this is the one! It's so much easier to make than a pecan pie. It's a torte, it's a giant macaron, it's a filling and crust all in one and it just couldn't be easier. Whip egg whites into a meringue, fold in the pecans and Ritz crackers, bake, and top with whipped cream. Boom. Done.

The original recipe that I have in my family cookbook calls for Cool Whip but, sorry mom, that stuff doesn't cross the threshold into my house. You already have your mixer out, just make whipped cream!

What you've got now is a crunchy, chewy, creamy version of a pecan pie that's much lighter, has less sugar, and is WAY easier to make! I made two in about 45 minutes for my Thanksgiving this year, pecan pie could NEVER. It takes me 45 minutes to just make the crust for a pecan pie!

I hope you give this family gem of a recipe a try! If you do feel free to tag me in stories or posts and you can always DM me on Instagram and TikTok @LizaHomesteads!


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