Nannie’s Old-time Texas Pecan Pie

Kate Lowrey (My Grandmother)-1916

This recipe comes from my Texas Grandmother, Kate Lowrey. We called her Nannie. She was an independent pioneer woman. At Thanksgiving the family still sits around and eats pecan pie and recounts her exploits.

My Grandfather was a country doctor who loved new inventions. He bought the first car in Gatesville, Texas. It came in a box and had to be assembled. He didn’t think women should drive and wouldn’t teach my Grandmother how to operate his horseless carriage. Not to be outdone, she watched how he started it and one day when he was gone she cranked it up and drove off. Nannie rode through town for awhile and realized she didn’t know how to stop the contraption. At last, she crashed through a picket fence and stopped it in a ditch.
When she saw her husband she was unrepentant and said, “Next time you’ll show me how to work it the first time.”

horseless carriage crashed through a picket fence and stopped it in a ditch.

3 eggs
dash salt
1/2  cup of molasses mixed with 1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/3 cup butter (melted)
1 cup pecan pieces
pie crust shell (homemade is best)

Beat 3 eggs thoroughly with salt, molasses and melted butter. Add pecan pieces. Pour into 9″ unbaked shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Let cool. It is  simple and delicious.

Dr. Minard Lowrey-Gatesville, Texas