Thursday, September 1, 2011

Get Luby-fied with a Butternut Brownie Pie

If you live in Texas, it's likely you've heard of Luby's Cafeteria.  Luby's Cafeteria opened in San Antonio in '47.  Luby's serves up southern favorites like fried fish, chicken fried steak, carved ham, fried okra, mashed taters, mac n cheese, chocolate ice box pie, pecan pie, and a whole slew of other favorites that are too many to mention.

It is a cafeteria so the whole spread is lined out before you and I guarantee that you're eyes will be bigger than your stomach.  I have many fond memories of going with my Grandma to eat there, and still enjoy a meal from Luby's from time to time.  

There are a few copied recipes shared on the web.  Luby's has published recipe books so I'm not sure if folks got the recipes from that source and shared them or got them from somewhere else, but I'm glad they're available because some are so darned good.  

Here's one of my favorites Luby recipes:

    Luby's Butternut Brownie Pie 
    Servings (8) 
     4 Egg whites
     1/8 Tsp Baking powder
     1/8 Tsp Cream of tartar 
    1 1/4 Cup Sugar (divided use) 
    14 Graham cracker squares, broken into pieces(about 2 cups) 
    1 Cup .+ 2 Tablespoon Pecan pieces(divided use)
     1 Cup Whipping cream
     Directions:   Preheat the oven to 300 F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with butter. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and baking powder until soft peaks form. Beating constantly, add cream of tartar and slowly add 1 cup of the sugar until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the graham crackers and 1 cup pecan pieces. Spoon into prepared pie plate. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. In small chilled mixing bowl, beat the whipping cream just until it begins to thicken. Add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat. Top pie with whipped cream and sprinkle the remaining pecan pieces on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 8 servings. Nutritional Information: per serving: 518 calories, 30g fat, 306mg sodium, 197mg cholesterol, 47 percent of calories from fat. 
If you're ever traveling through Texas and happen across a Luby's, I hope you give it a try.  Here's to hoping you have a good weekend.


The Kitchen Witch

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Anonymous said...

that place sounds amazing and that pie looks darn good too!

Jerri said...

This looks really good! I'd like to invite you to link up at my Friday Favorites party!

Abramyan Avenue said...

OH! MY ! GOODNESS!!! I have been searching for this recipe high and low!!! They don't serve it anymore and I had the recipe from a friend who was given Luby's recipe book as a gift. Through the years I lost it somewhere. Thank you, thank you for sharing this! You truly just made my whole week better!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a great pie! Happy Holiday Weekend:@)

A Kitchen Witch said...

Thanks for all the kind comments!
@ Lauri- if you're ever in Texas, you've gotta try a Luby's

@ Jerri-THanks for the invite!

@April-Sooo happy I could help ; )

@ Happier..-Have a Happy Labor Day, too! ; )

Marguerite said...

Oh my, this pie looks sinful! We always ate at Luby's when we were visiting family in Houston. Happy Labor Day!