How To Bake A Delicious Kentucky Sawdust Pie


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An Enterprising Woman Created Legendary Sawdust Pie

Let me put your mind at ease. There is no sawdust in Sawdust Pie. The pie got its unusual name because when you combine the ingredients; coconut, graham cracker crumbs, pecans, sugar, and egg whites; the mixture looks like sawdust, but it all tastes amazing when baked in a pie!

There is a business in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, a town of about 350 people, called Patti’s 1880 Settlement. Patti Tullar and her husband Bill fell in love with the little community in 1975 and bought a motel. By 1977, the motel evolved into a restaurant, and the business prospered.

Patti’s hospitality and amazing cooking skills brought hordes of customers, and many begged for her recipes, but Patti would not give them out. Her reputation grew and grew!

This pie became famous when Patti was contacted by Bon Appetit magazine in 1983 asking for her Sawdust Pie recipe, and Patti said yes. You can read about it here and see a picture of young Patti herself.

I love stories like this, especially when it involves making people happy by feeding them! Today, the two restaurants at Patti’s 1880 Settlement serve over 350,000 people each year, and it has become a true tourist destination.

Here’s How To Make Patti’s Famous Sawdust Pie

Sawdust pie is quick and easy to make. The filling is the star of the show, so there’s no shame in using a store-bought pie crust. However, if you want to make your own crust, here is the best pie crust recipe you will ever make, and it’s so easy. I call it Pattycake Pie Crust.

This pie goes together fast, so turn your oven to 350 degrees before you begin.

The recipe includes seven egg whites, so begin by separating the eggs. This is easiest to do when the eggs are very cold, right out of the refrigerator. Put the egg whites into a bowl and stir in the other ingredients. You don’t need to get out your mixer; you only need a spoon or rubber spatula.

Pour that mixture into a prepared pie crust and pop it into the oven for about thirty-five minutes. You don’t want to overbake it; the center should still be gooey, and it will set up a bit as it cools.

Here’s what the baked pie looks like. The top will be golden brown and beautiful! You can put this pie in the oven when you sit down to dinner, and it will be ready to take out when you’re clearing the table.

You can serve it warm, cold, or at room temperature, but if you serve it warm, you should let it cool for twenty or thirty minutes to set up. This may become your family’s favorite pie!

The pie is always served at Patti’s restaurant with whipped cream and sliced bananas. That may sound a little odd, but it is the most amazing combination!

You may be wondering what to do with seven egg yolks. The first idea is to make homemade noodles using this recipe that only uses yolks.

Egg yolks can also be used to make some yummy Hollandaise that’s wonderful on so many things! Here’s an easy hollandaise sauce recipe for you from Amy, a fellow Nebraskan at House of Nash Eats!! You can also add extra egg yolks when you make scrambled eggs!

We adore all kinds of pie! Here are two of our most popular pie recipes, Lemon Meringue Pie and Coconut Cream Pie. What’s your favorite pie? We hope you try Sawdust Pie! Let us know what you think!

Printable Recipe:

Yield: 8 slices

Sawdust Pie

Sawdust Pie

Sawdust pie became famous when Patti Tullar allowed Bon Appetit magazine to publish her "secret" recipe in 1983. It includes egg whites, coconut, pecans, and graham cracker crumbs. It is delightfully gooey with a crunchy, nutty top.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • One 9-inch deep-dish pie crust
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut like Bakers Angel Flake coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about twelve full crackers if you are making your own crumbs)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 7 egg whites from large eggs
  • Whipped cream and sliced bananas for serving.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the egg whites into a large bowl and add the graham cracker crumbs, chopped pecans, sugar, and coconut.
  3. Stir well with a spoon or rubber spatula, do not beat.
  4. Pour the filling mixture into the prepared pie shell and level it.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees on the center rack for about 35 minutes.
  6. If you serve the pie warm, allow it to cool for twenty to thirty minutes to set up.
  7. Serve with whipped cream and sliced bananas.
  8. Cover and refrigerate the leftover pie.


You can substitute chopped walnuts for pecans.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 549Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 6gSugar: 29gProtein: 9g

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  1. Neil Stiller

    The recipe calls for a “prepared pie shell.” Does this mean a pie shell that has been pre-baked, such as for a chocolate French Silk pie? Or does this mean a raw pie crust placed in a pan but requiring full baking with the filling, such as for a pumpkin pie?


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