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Pecan Pie has always been a staple at our holiday dinners. We had a neighbor who made the most delicious pecan pie! She was famous for her pies. Her pies were yummy and always a wonderful gift every year as she always gave one to each neighbor as her gift every holiday season. Believe me when I say that was ok too!
As an adult I was always afraid to try and bake one myself. I honestly don’t know why. I think partially it has something to do with the fact that I can’t make a pie crust to save my life. I know how to but they NEVER come out right! My Mother-in-law even gave me her fool proof recipe. Her pie crusts are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! You can eat the crust plain after it’s baked it’s that good.
Somehow I manage to mess it up each time. I can’t figure out why either. Thankfully you can buy already made pie crusts and I keep those on hand in my freezer!
I saw an episode recently on Pioneer Woman and she made the most delicious looking pecan pie. Her way actually seemed doable. So I made my own inspired version of hers. I can honestly say it turned out and it was really good! My family was pretty happy with the pie! They were actually arguing over who got the last piece!
Here is my Pioneer Woman inspired Pecan Pie Recipe.
Pecan Pie Recipe
1 unbaked pie crust or you can make your own
1 cup sugar
2 3/4 TBSP brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 t salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans
Decorator Work Mat – I also use this when I’m making cut out cookies and each time I use a pie crust. Nothing sticks and the clean up with a breeze!
Preheat oven to 350.
Roll out the pie crust and put it into the pie pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the vanilla, butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, eggs, and corn syrup.
After chopping the pecans, pour them into the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.
Pour the mixture over the pecans.
Cover the top and the crust lightly with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Then carefully remove the foil and continue baking for 20 minutes.
At the end of the cooking time, check the pie to see if it’s set. It should be slightly jiggly in the middle. If it’s still not done, put back into the oven and check every 5 minutes until it’s set.
*Pro-tip: Let this pie sit for hours so it can set up. It’s honestly better to let it set overnight then serve the next day for dinner. This is one of those pies that you can NOT serve right out of the oven. Ok, let me rephrase that. You CAN serve it right out of the oven, however, it won’t have had time to set. It will be simply delicious BUT won’t be set up.
When you are ready to serve it, you can microwave it on a microwave safe plate for a couple of minutes and then top with whipped topping!