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Pecan Pie

November 28, 2013Danita

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Pecan Pie – A Southern Thanksgiving Tradition

Pecan Pie brings back wonderful memories for me.  The most wonderful being memories of my grandmother.  She was a wonderful woman who had much influence in my life, including passing along to me her love of cooking.  

I spent much of my childhood in her kitchen.. That’s where she always seemed to be, even when she wasn’t cooking.  She would sit at the kitchen table and read the paper, do crossword puzzles or play solitaire (with a real deck of cards), all while relating wonderful stories about her life and family to a very inquisitive little girl.

She was from a different time.  She was a child during World War I, a young adult during the “Roaring Twenties”, a soldier’s wife during World War II, made it through the Great Depression and the Civil Rights uprisings in the south.  She lived to see Hippies, Flower Children and the Reagan Years come and go.  When relating stories about her childhood, she would often comment, “We were poor, but we didn’t know it.”  

She loved to cook and it was very important to her.  She was from Alabama, the deep south, and there making food isn’t just a way of providing a necessity for your family, it’s a way of life filled with love and tradition.  It’s how you show people you care.  She cooked a big dinner (the meal eaten between 12-2 pm) everyday and often had unexpected guests, who were always welcome.  Visitors never left without a “gift” of some sort, usually something homemade or recently canned.  

Until she was about eighty the whole family gathered at her house for Thanksgiving and usually Christmas.  She made most of the dinner including several pies for dessert.  Pecan Pie was the only pie I liked, thankfully, there was always plenty.  

Big “cooking” holidays always remind me of her and how thankful I am for all she taught me. I don’t have married children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren yet, but we will sit down to a huge Thanksgiving dinner with wonderful friends and my grandma’s Pecan Pie.

Here’s Her Recipe:.  

(printable recipe below)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light Karo syrup (or in Alabama, Golden Eagle Syrup)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  •  About 1 cup pecans (some chopped some whole)
  • 1 pie crust (I use refrigerated pie crusts)

pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

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 Unroll crust into pie pan (not deep dish) and crimp edges

Take about half the pecans and coarsely chop

Spread them on the bottom of pie crust

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 Arrange pecan halves in a decorative pattern over chopped nuts

**You can chop all the pecans or leave them all halved.  It all tastes the same, I just like “pretty” food.**

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In a medium bowl, slightly beat eggs

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Stir in sugar, syrup and butter

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Pour mixture over pecans (they will float to the top)

Bake about 35-40 minutes or until slightly firm

***Check after about 25 minutes,  If crust and top are getting too brown lay a piece of foil over them to prevent them from burning.

***Pie will “jiggle” slightly in the middle, even when done

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pecan Pie
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 eggs
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup light Karo syrup
  4. 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  5. About 1 cup pecans (some chopped some whole)
  6. 1 pie crust (I use refrigerated pie crusts)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Unroll crust into pie pan (not deep dish) and crimp edges
  3. Take about half the pecan and coarsely chop
  4. Spread them on the bottom of pie crust
  5. Arrange pecan halves in a decorative pattern over chopped nuts
  6. In a medium bowl, slightly beat eggs
  7. Stir in sugar, syrup and butter
  8. Pour mixture over pecans (they will float to the top)
  9. Bake about 35-40 minutes or until slightly firm
Notes
  1. You can chop all the pecans or leave them all halved. It all tastes the same, I just like "pretty" food.
  2. Check after about 25 minutes, If crust and top are getting too brown lay a piece of foil over them to prevent them from burning.
  3. Pie will "jiggle" slightly in the middle, even when done
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14 Comments

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef

    December 6, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    What sweet memories of your grandmother, and what a sweet pie! Happy (late) Thanksgiving! I hope you had a special day.

    1. Danita

      December 7, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      Thanks Andi! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with special friends. Merry Christmas!

  • Cheryl

    December 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I just made this pie, isn’t long enough to cook it for 40 min. I cooked it for 45min. And let it set for several minutes but is still wiggly. I talked to my mother who has made hundreds of pecan pies told me you should cook one for 15 minutes on 400 then reduce the oven to 350 and cook another 30 minutes.

    1. Danita

      December 6, 2013 at 6:54 AM

      Cheryl,
      So Sorry it didn’t turn out quite right. So many things can affect bake times…altitude, weather, even the oven itself. I should have been more clear about how long to leave it in. I haven’t heard of baking at 400 then reducing to 350 but it makes sense, my quiche recipe does that. If you try it I’d love to know how it works. Have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas.

  • Ritchil

    December 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Thank you so much for this pecan pie recipe! Trying it for sure!

    1. Danita

      December 6, 2013 at 7:05 AM

      I’d love to hear how it turns out. Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas!

  • AnnMarie

    November 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I want to make this pie because it looks so good but also because it is your grandmothers recipe and I love your memories of her. Pinned! Visiting from I Love My Post!

  • Heather

    November 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    That looks really good! Thanks for sharing this. I might try to tackle this recipe for Christmas! I am visiting from the “Love My Blog Post” link up. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and I’d love for you to stop by sometime! 🙂

  • lydiaf1963

    November 30, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    This begged to be pinned! Stopping by from #DBB

  • darlenebnemeth

    November 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    MMM. Looks so good. Stopping by from My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Party 34! I already pinned it. Have a great weekend, your new follower, Darlene

  • Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads

    November 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Oh yum!! This pie looks so delicious!! Pinning!

  • Caitlyn

    November 29, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Yesterday was the first time I have had Pecan Pie!

    It was delicious. :]

    Just found your blog through the I Love My Post Blog Hop

    Caitlyn | enigmaticambiance.blogspot.com

  • Becky @ LovetobeintheKitchen

    November 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    This is so pretty! I have yet to try making pecan pie. This recipe looks simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  • craftdictator

    November 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Pecan pie is my favorite pie! I’m headed over to pin this right now!

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