Pecan Pie

Holiday Pecan Pie

Servings

1 pie

Prep

1 hr

Cook

1 hr

Flaky Pie Dough

  • 1 pinch ‏salt
  • 1/3 cup ‏water (ice cold)
  • 1 1/2 cups (plus enough to flour your rolling surface) ‏flour
  • 10 tablespoons ‏butter (from the freezer)
  • 1 ‏pie shell (fully baked and cooled) See recipe below
  • 3/4 cup ‏granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup ‏maple syrup
  • 1/2 ‏light corn syrup
  • a pinch ‏salt
  • 1/4 cup ‏butter
  • 1 teaspoon ‏vanilla extract
  • 3 ‏eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 cups ‏pecan (halves)

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is all the special “holiday foods” that I typically don’t make during the year. Sure, you can have Turkey whenever you’d like but it doesn’t quite feel the same as when you’re huddled around the table with your family. You can make gingerbread cookies but you probably aren’t going to build it into a house unless it’s that time of year. And I typically don’t make pecan pie until November hits. Now I love this dish because it’s my Thanksgiving and Christmas staple and I tend to make it a few times every season. I love how if you have the time, you can make it from scratch, but if you’re short on time you can grab pre-made pie dough from the store and whip up this filling to still make something homemade-ish and delicious!

This recipe was one that always reminds me of my parent’s home. When I was younger, we had a family friend who always made pecan pie for our big Christmas dinner and when we grew apart, I took the torch and carried the tradition on. This year I only made this pie twice, but hey, you never know, the year isn’t over yet!

Flaky Pie Dough

  1. In a small bowl, add the salt to the water and stir to dissolve. Keep in freezer until ready to use.
  2. Put the flour in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into 1-inch pieces and scatter the pieces over the flour. Pulse briefly until the mixture forms large crumbs and some of the butter is still in pieces the size of peas. Add the water-and-salt mixture and pulse for several seconds until the dough begins to come together into a ball but is not completely smooth. You should still be able to see some butter chunks.Pecan Pie
  3. On a lightly floured surface, form the dough into a ball and shape into a diskPecan Pie
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle about 1/8-inch thick. Place in pie dish. Trim the dough so it only goes to the edge of the pan then crimp the dough to the edge of the pan with your fingers. If you have enough extra dough, I like to make a personal pie by using metal measuring cups as the pie tin. Chill the shell until firm to the touch, 30-45 minutes.Pecan Pie
    Pecan Pie
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Bake the shell until the surface looks light brown, about 25 minutes. Let the shell cool completely before filling.Pecan Pie
    Pecan Pie

Pecan Filling

  1. Have the pie shell ready for filling.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup, and salt. Place over medium heat, bring to a rolling boil, and boil for 1 minute. Take the pan off of the heat, add the butter, and whisk as it melts. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. While the mixture is cooling, preheat the oven to 350° F.
  3. Add the vanilla and the eggs to the cooled mixture and stir to mix well. Add pecans then pour filling into the pie crust.

    Pecan Pie

    Okay okay this photo doesn’t look like the rest, it is in fact from the second pie I made because I forgot to take one of the filling the first time around ;)

  4. Bake the pie until the filling is just set, 40 to 60 minutes. If the top is browning too quickly, cover with a piece of aluminum foil. I typically start covering the pie after about 15 minutes to avoid burning.Pecan Pie

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2 Comments

  1. Avatar Nicole 2 years ago

    Yummm this pie is my favorite!! So maple-y and rich. I’m so glad you put this recipe up.

  2. Avatar KIOK GRUTTER 9 months ago

    It looks so good and I always enjoyed your pie, I going to make it!
    I’m going to try before Thanksgiving n for the Thanksgiving so you can try mine. I hope it looks like yours. I may talk to you a few times before complete the pie.

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