My mama’s been making *pecan pie for as long as I can remember. And I’ve enjoyed eating those pies for as long as I can remember. I’ve never actually made one myself. Haven’t needed to. Mom has the whole pie making thing down to a science and I never saw any reason to mess with perfection.
But, recently, with yet another birthday quickly approaching and the fact that my mama’s not getting any younger either, I started thinking that maybe it’s time for me to grow up and master the art of creating a few of the culinary delights that I’ve enjoyed for so many years. Pecan pie was at the top of my list. Mama gladly agreed to teach me.
And, I’ve chronicled the process so that you, too, can enjoy the yummy goodness of this southern treat.
You really should make a couple of these pies for yourself. You won’t be sorry. I’m certain that if our world leaders would sit down together with a slice of this pie and cup of coffee all the world’s ills would be solved. Seriously, there’d be so much ooey, gooey, crunchy, warm sweetness fillin’ up their mouths there would be no room for disagreement.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 ½ cups white Karo syrup (and, yes, color does matter – I know, ’cause I asked that question)
4 eggs, beaten
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
2 shallow pie crusts (thaw if they’re frozen)
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 350°. Using a mixer, combine sugar, Karo syrup, eggs, vanilla, and butter. Add the pecans; stir to combine. Pour equal amounts of batter into each pie crust.
Bake 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 325° and bake an additional 30 minutes. Mama says that cooking it at a higher temp for a short amount of time will keep the crust from being soggy. (Nobody wants a soggy crust.)
Here’s a snapshot of one of the pies coming out of the oven:
Allow the pies too cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting.
Ya’ gotta watch out for the pecan pie monsters though. They strike when you least expect it and before ya’ know it, you could be left wondering what happened to your pies.
*Here in the South we have our own unique way of saying things: Pecan is pronounced “puh-kahn” or “pee-kahn” or “pee-can” depending on which neck of the woods you’re from.
How do YOU say pecan?
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