Peanut pie, sometimes called the "poor man's pecan pie", is a pie that is part of the part of the cuisine of the Southern United States, where peanuts are a common crop in the Tidewater region. It can be served as a kosher dessert. In North Carolina it was a standard dish to serve at family reunions or church events.
The peanut's origins have been traced to Peru and was brought back to Europe by the Spanish, spreading to Africa and Asia. It arrives in North America in the 18th century with African slaves. Peanut pie was originally considered slave food, but by the 1940s peanuts were widely consumed and an advertisement for corn syrup (used to make the sweet, sticky pie filling) claimed that peanut pies could “make even your deepest-dyed Yankee start complimenting you with a southern accent.” The pie was popular in Virginia and North Carolina.
The sweet filling is made from corn syrup, sugar and eggs, similar to how pecan pie filling is prepared. Molasses, sorghum, pure cane syrup or maple syrup are sometimes used in place of corn syrup. Some recipes include heavy cream or cream cheese in the filling, while others may include chocolate, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg or bourbon. The finished pie is served warm and may be topped with whipped cream, a dessert sauce or served à la Mode. It can be made as individual frozen mini-pies and frozen.
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