The Academy of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau has been an important part of Acadiana since the early 1800s. Over the past 200 years, thousands of young women have walked through the halls of this great institution. This pecan pie is usually served here on special holidays, and the pecans used in the dish are actually harvested from the very trees growing on and around the Academy grounds.
½ cup semi-sweet reduced-fat chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1¼ cups dark corn syrup
¼ cup lite margarine, cut into small pieces
¾ cup egg substitute
1½ tsps vanilla
½ cup Grape Nuts cereal
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. After sugar is completely melted, remove from heat and add margarine, one piece at a time, until melted. Add egg substitute, vanilla, pecans, and Grape Nuts, stirring constantly. Fold in chocolate. Pour mixture into pie shell. It is recommended to place the pie pan on a cookie sheet to catch any spills. Bake 45–50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly on a wire rack.