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Although Martin Luther King Junior Day was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1983, it wasn’t until 2000 that it was officially observed in all of the 50 States. According to historical accounts, Martin Luther King Juniors favorite food was Pecan Pie, so we recognized his extraordinary life with this delicious Southern dessert.

SOUTHERN PECAN PIE

1 piecrust

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups pecan halves

Heat oven to 325F.
Fit piecrust into a 10 inch pie dish, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Whisk eggs in a large bowl until foamy, whisk in brown sugar, butter, sugar, chopped pecans, flour, milk and vanilla essence.
Pour mixture into piecrust and top with pecan halves.
Bake at 325F for 30 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 300F, and bake for 30 more minutes.
Turn the oven off and let pie stand in oven, with door closed, 3 hours.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living, October 2011
www.southernliving.com › Food › Recipes‎

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