Virginia Peanut Pie
One bite and you’ll go nuts for this Old Dominion pie.
Why This Recipe Works
The contrasting flavors and textures of this Virginia Diner specialty are easy to love. The pie is simultaneously sweet and salty, with a creamy filling tucked beneath a crunchy top. It's a lot like pecan pie but easier to make. The recipes we tried turned out pies that were too busy with added flavors and spices, were too sweet, or had nuts that didn't feel integrated with the filling.
For our version, we settled on a mix of light corn syrup and brown sugar as the sweetener, limited our flavorings to just vanilla and salt, and doubled the amount of peanuts called for in most recipes. We also found a way around precooking the filling and prebaking the crust. And when it came to choosing the peanuts, we found that any type except Spanish red skin peanuts will work.
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