Piccadilly’s Cafeteria Pecan Delight
I loved going to them when my children were little for Sunday dinner after church...they loved picking out just what they wanted to eat.
They had some great desserts and this was one of them.
I think this is about as close as it gets to one of Piccadilly's pies.
- (approximately 1/3c) egg whites, room temperature
- 1/4 tsp
- cream tarter
- 1 tsp
- pure vanilla (i use my homemade vanilla)
- 3/4 c
- sugar (i use 2/3 c splenda or stevia)
- 1/3 c
- lightly toasted crushed pecans
- 1/4 c
- pecans (chop these medium, for topping)
- 1/2 c
- ritz crackers (chop these into fine pieces & lightly toast pieces in oven, for the crust
- 12 oz
- whipped topping; or cool whip if your prefer
- non stick baking spray, for pie plate
- (preheat oven to 350 df; then later lower to 275 df)
You want to lightly toast the nuts and crackers. Watch carefully so you don't burn them.
The crackers and nuts should be a light golden in color.
Remove from oven when golden and place on paper towel until cool.
Slowly add sugar and continue to beat egg whites until very stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in the cooled 1/3 C pecans and Ritz crackers.
Spread the meringue to the sides and cover the bottom of pan.
The meringue will be about a 1-to–1 1/8-inch thick layer (shell) in the pie pan.
Check shell, the meringue should not scorch, it will turn light tan in color.
Remove shell and cool.
Sprinkle with the 1/4 C. broken pecans.
Place in refrigerator to completely chill before serving.
P.S. I like to flavor my whipped cream and even when I use cool whip....sometimes adding in some cinnamon-sugar, vanilla, butter-rum extract or burnt sugar flavoring. Don't just make theirs, make it your own.
If you have any meringue left over make little nest like shells, bake the same as large shell (don't burn them) and fill them with any leftover pudding you may have on hand or some drained fruits.
Meringue’s will whip fluffier and be fuller when prepared at low humidity.