Piccadilly’s Cafeteria Pecan Delight

Straws Kitchen


I don't know about where you live but around here, all the Piccadilly's, Luby's, Furr's and Wyatt's cafeterias went out of business years ago.

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.


★★★★★ 1 vote

10" pie
1 Hr


  • 3
    (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)

How to Make Piccadilly’s Cafeteria Pecan Delight


  1. In a preheated oven at 350 dF and place 1/3 C pecans and the Ritz crackers in for 5 minutes.
    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.
  2. Add vanilla and cream of tarter to egg whites and beat until stiff.
    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.
  3. Place in a 10-inch pie plate that has been lightly sprayed with the non-stick baking spray.

    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.
  4. Hollow out a little hole in the middle of the bottom of the meringue approximately the size of half a dime, (this will help with a even baking of the shell).
  5. Place in a preheated oven at 275 for 1 hour.
    Check shell, the meringue should not scorch, it will turn light tan in color.
  6. Then turn the oven off and let shell dry in the oven for another hour.
    Remove shell and cool.
  7. When the shell is cooled, place the whipped cream or cool whip topping in the shell.
    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.
  8. NOTE:
    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.
  9. TIP:
    Meringue’s will whip fluffier and be fuller when prepared at low humidity.

Printable Recipe Card

About Piccadilly’s Cafeteria Pecan Delight

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

Show 17 Comments & Reviews

31 Reasons Why There's Always Room For Dessert Recipe

31 Reasons Why There's Always Room for Dessert

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We all know that we have a second stomach. The one that magically appears just when we think we can't eat another bite and then get a glimpse at dessert....

Delicious Citrus Desserts For A Summer Treat Recipe

Delicious Citrus Desserts for a Summer Treat

Kitchen Crew

Tart and crisp a citrus dessert just screams summertime to me. I'll never pass up dessert, especially when they're packed with citrus flavor. Pucker up, because these Blue Ribbon desserts...

34 Recipes That Prove Why Pumpkin Is Everything

34 Recipes That Prove Why Pumpkin Is Everything

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Fall means it's pumpkin time! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert... can there be too much pumpkin? Not in our mind since pumpkin recipes can be sweet or savory. These 34 recipes...