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Did you see yesterday’s Easy Make-in-the-Pan Pie Crust recipe? Today I’ve got its perfect companion: Pecan Pie. I know perfect is a pretty serious word, but trust me on this one: it’s my grandmother’s recipe and for years people have told me it’s the best they’ve eaten. The secret may be the combination of low heat and long cook time.

Perfect Pecan Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern Comfort Food
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Serves: 8
 
My grandmother's pecan pie recipe always receives rave reviews!
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans
  • pie crust (my recipe is here)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Add each of the first five ingredients to a medium mixing bowl, beating after each addition. Add the pecans and stir to coat. Pour into a pie crust and bake for 1 hour or until it barely jiggles when you pick it up. One hour may work for a clear glass pie plate, but thicker, fancier pans will probably take an additional 10-15 minutes of cooking time. Ovens vary.

 

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Start with four eggs.

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Beat them. (When is a chef cruel? When he beats the eggs and whips the cream.)

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Add one cup of sugar and beat again.

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Next add one cup of white corn syrup (Karo syrup or a store brand) and beat.

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Add two tablespoons of melted butter (apparently mine wasn’t completely melted).

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And a tsp. of vanilla.

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Beat them all together nicely and then put your beaters away.

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Pour in one cup of pecans. These are halves, but pieces will do just fine.

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Stir together to coat pecans and pour mixture in the pan.

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Bake for one hour for a clear glass pan. Fancy pie plates, like the one pictured, will probably take more time. This one took an hour and 10-15 minutes. The Jiggle Test is important! If your pie jiggles very much when removing from the oven, leave it in a few more minutes.

I’ve forgotten to reset the timer and over-baked this pie before and it was still good. It’s a very forgiving pie! If you undercook it, though, the slices will run together and not separate well when cut.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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