When served with chicken fried steak, fried okra, and stewed squash and tomatoes, a slice of pecan pie rounds out the official Oklahoma state meal.

Yield: serves 8


  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. fine salt
  • 12 tbsp. cold butter, cubed, plus 4 tbsp. melted and cooled
  • 2 cups pecans, broken into pieces by hand
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp. lemon juice


  1. Put flour, 1 tbsp. sugar, and salt into a food processor; pulse to combine. Add 12 tbsp. cold butter; pulse until pea-size pieces have formed. Drizzle in 3-4 tbsp. ice water; continue pulsing until dough just comes together.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead briefly into a ball. Halve ball of dough and flatten into 2 disks. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out 1 dough disk into a 12″ circle; transfer to a 9″ pie pan. Trim edges to fit and crimp edges with tines of a fork. Refrigerate pie pan for 30 minutes. (Freeze second ball of dough for another use.)
  4. Heat oven to 350°. To make the pie filling, combine the remaining sugar and butter with the pecans, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Pour filling into the chilled pie shell and bake for 1 hour. (If the edges of the dough begin to brown, cover them with foil.) Transfer pie to a cooling rack; allow to cool completely at room temperature before serving.