How to Make a Deeelicious Sawdust Pie
If you’ve never had Sawdust pie before, I really do feel it could become a fast family favorite. The taste is rich and buttery, with whipped cream and sliced bananas make it sheer perfection. I just use store bought pie shells for mine (ain’t no shame in my game!) but you can make yours from scratch if you prefer.
This Sawdust pie recipe is easy peasy to whip up with only a mixing bowl and a spoon, and bakes up in about half an hour. Put it in the oven as you sit down to dinner and then let it bake for about half an hour before serving warm with the bananas and whipped cream. Mmmmm.
Egg Whites Galore; It’s a Sign
Whats even better is that the day you make this pie is the perfect day to make another one of my very favorite things to eat: Grandmama’s Fruit Salad. You see, this sawdust pie recipe calls for seven egg whites whereas Grandmama’s Fruit Salad calls for six egg yolks. Now if that ain’t a sign that they oughta be made at the same time I don’t know what is!
A Family Favorite
This pie is one of my mother’s all time favorites and a must have whenever we visit Paducah, Kentucky.
There is a restaurant in Paducah called Patti’s that is one of Mama’s favorite places in the world to eat. They have the thickest pork chops you’ve ever seen and serve huge helpings of Sawdust pie topped with whipped cream and bananas for dessert.
Mama couldn’t wait to start making her own version of Sawdust Pie and now we all get to be benefitting from that.
Where Did Sawdust Pie Get Its Name?
Sawdust pie was actually first baked at Patti’s sometime after 1975 and became famous after the recipe was published in Bon Appétit in May 1983. When all the ingredients are thrown together it is supposed to look like sawdust but honestly it has so many wonderful flavors.
Ingredients you will need for Sawdust Pie
- Walnuts or Pecans
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Pie Crust
- Whipped Cream (Here is a recipe to make whipped cream).
Don’t worry over graham cracker crumbs if you have graham crackers on hand, just put some in a plastic bag and crush them yourself and they’ll be fine. Likewise with the pecans or walnuts. Sometimes pecans can be a wee bit expensive so walnuts are a good substitute if you like.
- I separated my eggs and placed just the whites in a bowl, saving the yolks to use in the sauce for my fruit salad.
- Add walnuts or pecans. As I said, recipe called for pecans but cheapie me went for Walnuts instead.
- Add in coconut.
Mama usually gets her coconut in a can on the baking aisle and I usually get mine in a bag on the same aisle. Either works. Get the sweetened kind, it’s yummy!
- Add sugar.
- Add in graham cracker crumbs.
- Mix all of that up good with a spoon.
- Spoon it into an unbaked pie shell. I used deep dish but Mama says she always uses regular.
- Bake at 325 for about thirty minutes, or until it looks done all over the top.
It will look kind of like a pecan pie with a thick coating of streusel on it.
Cut slices while warm and add a dollop of whipped cream and some slices of bananas.
Trust me, this pie is delicious but the bananas and whipped cream just MAKE it!
I used store bought whipped topping but if you’d like my recipe and instructions on how to make it from scratch (which is even better), just click here.
- 7 egg whites
- 1 1/2 C Sugar
- 1 1/2 C Graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/2 C Pecans or walnuts - can omit nuts if needed
- 1 1/2 C Sweetened Flaked Coconut
- 9 " unbaked pie shell
- Mix all ingredients together and stir by hand. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven until set, about 25-30 minutes. Do not over bake. Serve warm with sliced bananas and whipped cream.
You may also like these kit recipes that I give away to family and friends during the holidays.
- Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and Snowman Soup kits
- Pecan Pie Muffin Mix
- Chocolate Gravy Mix
- Sugar Free Cappucino Mix
- Fruit Crisp Mix
- S’more’s Kits
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