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Faux Pecan Pie – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

My Faux Pecan Pie is a taste twin to the classic but safe for families who have someone with a nut allergy. Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!Since I posted this recipe in 2011, I’ve received countless emails thanking me for helping families bring back this treasured holiday pie to the table for folks who have nut allergies. I’m so grateful that this recipe has proved to be helpful to families like that – nut allergies are nothing to play around with! The funny thing is, I didn’t develop this recipe because of that, though. I actually developed it because I felt pecans were just too expensive. I much prefer the unexpected outcome of helping families, though!

This is a fun recipe to feed people. At first glance, it looks like a pecan pie and folks usually don’t take a second glance before digging in for a bite and telling you how good it is. My husband’s exact words were “That is the BEST pecan pie I’ve ever tasted!”. Then I got to tell him it didn’t have any pecans in it.

A similar situation happened at my kid’s school when I took a few of these up there. One of the teachers came into the office talking about how good the pecan pie was and the secretary said “You mean the pecan less pecan pie?” she replied “Oh no, I got the one that had pecans in it…” ~snickers~ Of course, I hadn’t taken anything with pecans in it to the school.

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

This is a fabulous pie for those with nut allergies but that isn’t why I developed it, I actually didn’t even think about that until someone asked for the recipe, stating that they had a friend with allergies who would be excited to get pecan pie again! I developed it as a way of saving money. Have you seen the cost of pecans lately?

Right about now, making this pie with my recipe instead of pecans will save anywhere from five to seven dollars, depending on where you shop. Most folks I know can cook an entire supper for that amount of money!

So I guess there is a double bonus involved, but in hindsight having a faux pecan pie for those with nut allergies is a much greater purpose.

I have seen some varying recipes for faux pecan pie around the web. The most common one utilizing pinto beans in place of pecans. I have that on my list to try someday and I’ll probably do it, but I couldn’t bring myself to suggest you put pintos in your pie so I set about developing my own faux pecan pie.

I started with my Mother’s No Fail Pecan Pie recipe and then blended it a bit with that crust of my Strawberry Pretzel Salad (which is in my cookbook, but not on SouthernPlate.com). Everyone is always surprised that the crust isn’t made of pecans, so what a great inspiration to add to my pie! It took about seven pies to get the proportions and cooking time just right, because this pie really needs to be made as a deep dish but I’m finally ready to bring it to you today in it’s final form.

I’m gonna start this post out with a disclaimer that I’m sure is obvious to just about everyone reading this: Pecan pie is not a health food. It’s not supposed to be. A good pecan pie is gonna contain butter, sometimes lots of it. It will also have sugar in various forms, usually granulated and corn syrup. A good pecan pie is not for the faint of heart but it is the golden nugget of pies. Rich, buttery, delicious. Unlike any other. This Faux Pecan Pie lives up to all of those expectations.

If you’re on a diet, just have one or two bites and make sure you savor them, then be sure and make it again when you’re not on a diet anymore. If you have a family member or friend with a nut allergy, this would be a welcome treat for them at your holiday dinner! But I suggest not telling anyone it doesn’t have pecans until they eat it, mainly because it is fun seeing the look on their face :).

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

You’ll need: A Deep Dish Pie Crust, Light Corn Syrup, Butter, Pretzels, Sugar, Eggs, and Vanilla.

I recommend unsalted, real butter in this recipe. I also recommend not spelling “recommend” unless you have to because it is one of those annoying words to spell. I really think it needs two “c” ‘s but Websters never listens to me. ~sigh~

Note: If all you have is margarine or you just can’t afford butter, go for it. Trust me, I’ve been there! The pie will taste slightly different but t’ain’t nobody here gonna judge because we were raised better than that. ~Grin~

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Following my recipe below, place the butter for the pie filling in a large bowl and microwave it until melted. Allow to cool.

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Once slightly cooled butter and all other filling ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix together with a wire whisk. 

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Here is our pie filling all mixed up. Ready for an action shot now?

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Isn’t that pretty? Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. 

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Like this. 

I know it looks yellow now but it will be that beautiful golden color once baked.

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Now we need to crush our pretzels.

Place your pretzels in a gallon zipper bag and crush those puppies. They don’t have to be pulverized, just broke up kinda good.

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Melt your butter for the topping (see recipe) and add in your tiny amount of sugar.

Add in pretzels and stir until coated well.

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Sprinkle evenly over the top of your pie.

I know it will seem like a lot of pretzels but they sink down a bit as we cook, which is why I made this a deep dish pie. The first pie I tried wasn’t deep dish and it seemed like there was hardly any filling when the pretzels sunk down a little bit. This will come out in perfect proportions to the top crust and the filling.

Place pie plate on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for one hour, covering with foil after the first thirty minutes to prevent over browning.

Allow to cool completely before serving. 

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

Here is our finished pie.

Faux Pecan Pie - Nut Free and Tasted Like The Real Thing!

This is a closer shot that shows the filling a little better (because I couldn’t pick which one I liked the most)

This post is dedicated to my sweet friend, Alyssa, and everyone else who has a nut allergy or love someone who does.

Don’t forget to add this pie to your holiday menu!



  • 4 Eggs
  • 1+ 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Deep Dish Pie Shell unbaked


  • 1-1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350.

  • For Filling: Place first five ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix with wire whisk until well combined.

  • Pour into pie shell.

  • Combine all topping ingredients in medium bowl and stir well with a spoon to coat pretzels.

  • Sprinkle topping evenly over pie.

  • Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour, covering with foil after 30 minutes to prevent over browning.

  • Allow to cool completely before serving. Can be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in refrigerator.


Sara submitted a great quote on our Give A Penny Page that I think really puts you in the right frame of mind for dealing with life sometimes. We can’t just go out meekly with a weak smile and hope for a good day, we have to do it with Gusto!

“Tackle the world with a smile, and the world will tackle you back with more than one.”

Thank you Sara! Submit your quote by clicking here. 


Meal Plan Monday #185 – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Meal Plan Monday #185 - Southern Plate

Cool crisp temperatures are starting to make there way down to us and we’re ready with some delicious and warm recipes with Meal Plan Monday 185!

We’ll probably have another random week of summer temps before the fall weather stays for good but for now I’m soaking up the cool breezes and chilly mornings! Whether you love fall or you’re already missing summer, pull up a seat and let’s dive into the Meal Plan Monday recipe box today and see what we’ve got!

Features from last week’s link up…

chicken and rice soup in blue bowl

Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup from Quiche My Grits

Mini BBQ Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf Recipe

Mini BBQ Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf from Soulfully Made

Sheet Pan Sausage, Apple, and Rosemary Dinner from ChefAlli

Bloodshot Eyeball Apple Slices from BigBearsWife

Also featured in my recipe gazette, Easy Pumpkin Cobbler from Served Up With Love! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Genesis 30-31 – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Genesis 30-31 - Southern Plate


The Father’s Word begins in the beginning, and so should we. Click here to see all of the Genesis notes you may have missed.

Today’s readings are Genesis 30-31

Rabbit Trails

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🌿The twelve sons of Israel are almost all here! We have a surprise mention of a daughter as well. Think about it, we normally only see the births of males recorded. Of course, Dinah plays a key role in part of an upcoming tragedy so that is likely why she is mentioned. It is also likely that Jacob had many other daughters but they were not mentioned as they remained more or less background characters.

🌿LABANS ATTITUDE! Oh my goodness, did you catch Laban’s attitude throughout today’s passages? He is not the type of man I’d like to be related to, that is for sure.

🌿Jacob and the goats

Genesis 30:37-43 Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban. He put his own droves apart and did not put them with Laban’s flock. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks, but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s. Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

What was the purpose of the sticks? I believe this is one of the stories where we might be missing a piece that those familiar with the culture of that time would take for granted, something that is so obvious they felt no need to explain it.
One suggestion I heard, which I feel does carry some weight of possibility, is that you’ll notice these striped sticks were placed inside the water trough. It is thought by some that when the females came to drink, they would linger longer or be focused on these sticks which would allow them to stay longer and the solid males could take advantage of this opportunity and mate with them. We are told that Jacob placed the sticks there only when the ideal stock came to drink so that would enable the best of the flock to reproduce. If you’ve ever been around farm animals or seen some of the things farmers have found that help them in raising them, this doesn’t sound too far fetched to me. But I want to reiterate that it is merely speculation, which is all we can do at this point. Do you have any theories? Talk about them in the discussion thread today if you’d like. Either way, it is important to know the real reason why this happened and that is that the Father made it so, as we learn when Jacob recounts his dream in the next chapter.

Genesis 31:10-12 In the breeding season of the flock I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream that the goats that mated with the flock were striped, spotted, and mottled. Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’ And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.

🌿Genesis 31:19 Rachel’s theft -There is a significant reason as to why Rachel took her father’s idols. It was tradition in Mesopotamia that whoever had possession of the family gods was the owner or inheritor of the family wealth. Recall how hurt the girls were at their father’s treatment, feeling as if he had sold them. Add to this the disrespect he showed time and again to their husband and it’s not so shocking that Rachel would take steps to ensure her own justice.

Rachel’s character- I have always thought of her as the beautiful girl that Jacob fell in love with. She’s held a romantic spot in my mind, but reading how she treated her sister time and again has recast her as her father’s daughter to some degree with me.

But the thing to remember is that these people are human. They have faults. And as I’ve said before, our Bible does not try to whitewash our spiritual ancestors.
👉🏻And how many times in our lives, if someone were reading our story, would they find serious fault in our own behavior?

Time and again in YHWH’s word we see humans as fallible, making poor decisions, and the results of their life being directly related to whether or not they turned to YHWH or turned away from Him, whether they sought Him or sought the World. We see the consequences of these decisions as a clear and distinct lesson to us.

As we are reading these stories, we can either shake our heads at them or realize that we have been told this bit of history because we are prone to repeat it. The Bible is a mirror. Each of these lessons has an application in our own lives. 

By the way, these are my own notes, my personal takeaways from these verses. Do you know who the sole authority is on YHWH’s Word? YHWH. 

Test everything, hold tight to what is good – and HE is the only source of good.

May YHWH bless the reading of His word!

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