I had an interesting discovery when I was creating this recipe. Apparently I pronounce the word “pecan” differently depending on the context. Being a Canuck by birth and most definitely a northerner, I have always pronounced it “PEE-can”, with a strong emphasis on the first syllable. That’s how I grew up saying it and that’s how I will always say it. Just like Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally says it. “I would like to partake of your Pee-can pie”. None of this “pick-kahn” business for me. Ever. I am very firm on that point.
Except... Except apparently when I go to say the phrase “butter pecan”. For some reason, I find I can’t get my mouth to say “Butter Pee-can”. It seems unwieldy, awkward and downright incorrect. So I fall into saying “Butter Pick-kahn” without even realizing it. Maybe there is some sort of latent southerner in me after all?
But let’s be honest. No matter how you pronounce the it, there is no doubt that this Butter Pecan Ice Cream Pie is a must make summer recipe. I don’t care what syllable you choose to emphasize, if you love pecans and you love ice cream, this is the recipe for you!