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Quick and easy pecan pie

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Pecan pie is one of my most favorite desserts - this instructable will show you how to do it right! I do NOT approve of these faux pecan pies I see everywhere with only a thin layer of pecans hovering over a nasty opaque gelatinous corn syrup filling.

It's best served warm with ice cream or freshly whipped cream!
 
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Step 1: Ingredients!

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Software:
  • 1/4 cup room temperature butter (4 tbsp, half a stick)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp good vanilla extract
  • 1-1 1/2 cups pecan halves, raw
  • 9 inch pie crust, unbaked

Hardware
  • large mixing bowl
  • hand mixer/whisk
  • spatula
  • measuring spoons and cups

Plus, if you'd like to try the peppermint whipped cream I made:
  • a small narrow bowl or cup
  • a small whisk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • a couple drops of peppermint extract
  • around a tbsp of sugar

Step 2: Cream the butter, beat the eggs.

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Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Plop the butter and brown sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat at a low speed until nice and creamy.

Use a fork to beat the eggs until they're a uniform yellow color.

Step 3: Add the rest of the ingredients to the sugar and butter!

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Add the eggs, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix until well combined. Make sure to scrape the creamed butter and sugar off the sides!

Step 4: Pour the filling over the pecans!

Place the pecans in your pie shell and pour the filling over them.

Step 5: Baking and finishing the pie!

Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 F and bake for 35 minutes.

Once the time is up, take the pie out of the oven and insert a knife in the middle. If the knife comes out clean, you're ready to go. You can also shake the pie pan and make sure the center isn't too jiggly. Either way works. ;)

Let it cool for a few minutes - it'll become more firm as it cools.

While mine cooled, I made an amazing peppermint whipped cream to go on it. Just add the peppermint extract and sugar to the cream and beat it until it starts forming soft peaks. The peppermint is really refreshing and it's a nice contrast to the heaviness of the pie. :D

I then attempted to reconstruct a piece of pie (it's notoriously hard to cut a nice piece of pecan pie) and make food nom noms! Enjoy!
Excited to try this. Never had a recipe that worked. I'll let you know if I did it right.
bob30301 year ago
Absolutely beautiful Pecan Pie. Loaded with Pecans as they should be. Thanks for posting.
jlynn722 years ago
This sounds and looks so Yummy! Thanks for sharing this easy recipe with me, I am going to try it this coming weekend!

Julie
goatshead2 years ago
Golden Eagle syurp makes a better p/c pie according to everyone at the deer camp on pot luck supper nite
Yum Yum Yum Yum!
specklechan3 years ago
Would Golden Syrup (refiner's sugar syrup) be a good substitute for corn syrup as it isnt sold in the UK?
Also how would you convert cup measures into other measures? spoons, grams, ounces etc?
starplayer4 years ago
I had never heard about pecan, as I'm from Portugal. Now I want to eat that tasty pie, but there's no pecan around here. Shame on you for making me suffer. So hungry
I bought the ingredients for this today! I am going to make it tomorrow. I'll post photos!

Between you and Shesparticular here on Instructables, I have suddenly taken an interest in cooking :)
Could I use this recipe to make mini pecan pies? If I am making my crust from scratch - could I use a cracker base? What type of base did you use? Also ... Is there anyway I could make this before hand, and warm up before serving? Where I live, corn syrup is really hard to come by - but once in a while we get the clear one, would that be okay?

This is an AWESOME looking pecan pie - and I cant wait to try! (Dessert on Christmas Day)
jessyratfink (author)  Jessie Starlight4 years ago
I'm sure you could! I've never tried a cracker base for pecan pie but I bet it'd be fine. I always just go with store bought pie crusts. :)

The clear corn syrup works okay - but the color will be a little off. But you can always put in a little maple syrup or molasses to darken it and add a bit of flavor!
vlee015 years ago
Could honey,dark agave syrup, or fructose granules/syrup be a substitute for the corn syrup? (I am diabetic, and frequently use these.) Cheers, V. Lee
jessyratfink (author)  vlee014 years ago
I've heard of people substituting agave syrup with good results so I would definitely try that!

The others I'm not sure about. :)
quiviran5 years ago
JRF -  I used your recipe to make pies for a Thanksgiving pot luck. I was told by one and all it was the best pecan pie ever. I agree. Thanks for the simple and delicious instructable. 
merijnvw6 years ago
This looks really delicious just like your other recipes, I'm jealous on your housemates! Or did you eat this all by yourself... anyway I'm definately going to make this for my birthday on the 21st of July.
caitlinsdad6 years ago
That's plain nutty... Would it be a good idea to roast the pecans a touch before adding to the pie for more flavor? I think I might try a walnut/pecan mix pie and pistachio ice cream a la mode.
jessyratfink (author)  caitlinsdad6 years ago
A lot of people do roast them, but that's a personal preference thing. I like them to have a little more bite to them. :)
There is legislation in the works to stop the selling of raw almonds.....for health reasons. Frankly, I think it is like making a law that they can't sell raw eggs anymore *sigh*
jessyratfink (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
That's awful! I HATE roasted almonds. :(
Well, blame our last "set of leaders" for that one...it's been pending for quite a few months....I hadn't followed it much, so maybe it died ? I haven't the motivation to look for it though, sorry. I'm starting to sound like Nacho....I'd better knock that off LOL
NachoMahma6 years ago
. Awesome! . Have you tried it with Graham Cracker crust? Delicious!
Brennn106 years ago
MMMMMMM! That looks absolutely delicious!
Goodhart6 years ago
Oh that sounds so good.

It's best served warm with ice cream or freshly whipped cream!

and slightly warm? Yum. I just can't take the sweetness of them anymore....I wonder if it is possible to cut back on that?
homba6 years ago
Aiya, bao bay! Pecan pie is the quickest route to my affections ... that and a good cheesecake. Do you have a substitution for the corn syrup? That and hydrogenated oils are off the menu at our house.
canida6 years ago
*drools*
jessyratfink (author)  canida6 years ago
Coming from you that's a pretty big compliment! :D
ChrysN6 years ago
Nice, lots of pecans, I like that!
jessyratfink (author)  ChrysN6 years ago
Yep! Proper pecan pie FTW! :D
Phil B6 years ago
Some of the best pecan pie I ever had used either a little rum extract for or some maple syrup (or maple extract) for flavor. Either one makes an amazing difference.
jessyratfink (author)  Phil B6 years ago
Oh, I bet that is good! I've never had it with anything like that added in. I might have to try that next time. :)