NOTE: To toast the chopped pecans, spread them evenly in a shallow baking pan. Bake the pecans at 350:F for 5 to 10 minutes or until they're browned, stirring the nuts once or twice during baking.


  • Master Chief Steward Harry Hightower served this pie to President Harry Truman. When President Truman requested the recipe, the chief steward refused. When he retired in 1970, Harry Hightower finally decided to share his famous recipe.
  • 2 C. sugar
  • 1/2 C. butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 T. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. buttermilk
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust with edges of crust crimped high
  • 1/2 C. chopped pecans, toasted


In a large mixing bowl, gradually beat the sugar into the softened butter with an electric mixer, beating until mixture is well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine the all-purpose flour and the salt. Gradually beat these dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Beat in the buttermilk until mixture is well blended. Pour the egg and buttermilk filling into the piecrust. Sprinkle the toasted pecans over the top of the filling in the piecrust. Bake the pie at 300:F for 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes or until the buttermilk filling is set. Cool. Store the pie in the refrigerator.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: Internet
Submitted By: Shelly Black