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Paul’s Favorite Pecan Pie (Serves 10)

Our son, Paul, baked this fabulous pecan pie for one of our family gatherings and with one taste we knew it was a winner. Because the filling is precooked, the texture of this pie is wonderfully creamy and smooth to compliment the crunchy pecans. Do serve this delicious pie at one of your family gatherings. If you want warm pie, cool thoroughly, then cut and warm it in a preheated 250 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

1 (9-inch) baked pie shell
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups (8-ounces) pecans, toasted and chopped into small pieces

1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place pie shell in oven if not already warm.

2. Melt butter in medium heatproof bowl set in skillet of water maintained at just below simmer.

3. Remove bowl from skillet; mix in sugar and salt with wooden spoon until butter is absorbed.

4. Beat in eggs one at a time, then corn syrup and vanilla.

5. Return bowl to hot water; stir until mixture is shiny and warm to the touch, about 130 degrees.

6. Remove from heat; stir in pecans.

7. Pour mixture into warm baked pie shell; bake in 275 degree oven until center feels set yet soft, like gelatin, when gently pressed, 50-60 minutes.

8. Transfer pie to rack; let cool completely, at least 4 hours.

9. Serve pie at room temperature or warm, with lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Nutritional information per serving:
(numbers do not include whipped cream or ice cream)
488 calories, 5 grams protein, 31 grams fat, 49 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 83 milligrams cholesterol, 262 milligrams sodium