1 ½ cups Graham cracker crumbs
1 stick margarine (or butter)
8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
2 teaspoons milk
1-cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
½ pint whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can cherry pie filling
Pre heat oven to 325 degrees
Melt butter or margarine in saucepan. Once melted, add graham cracker crumbs. Press in bottom of oblong baking dish. Bake 15 minutes. Chill.
In large mixing bowl using a hand mixer cream the cream cheese, milk and sugar until well blended. Spread on top of graham cracker crust. Sprinkle chopped nut on top of cheese mixture.
In mixing bowl whip cream until stiff and add vanilla, mix thoroughly. Spread whip cream over nuts. Chill for 2 to 3 hours. Spread cherry pie filling over whip cream layer. Let chill over night. Cut into squares and lift out with spatula.
Notes From Paula’s Test Kitchen: Pie never became really firm. However will slice clean. On our second test, we increased the cream cheese by 4 oz. and vanilla by ¼ teaspoon. We made our pies in individual 6” round springform pans. Pie was firm with simple flavors and was presented beautifully in the little round shape.
Interesting Side Note From The Food Editor: Since this recipe was originally handed down by Miss Georgia 1965 we decided to style this dish on a china pattern of my grandmothers. A beautiful light blue band with gold trim around the plate. Purchased new in Moberly, MO in 1965.
Dear, Paula Deen
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Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm