My mom loves pecan desserts, so for the last few years I have been making them for her birthday. By far, the pecan pie has been everyone’s favorite. I am sharing that recipe with you today. The recipe calls for 3 cups of pecan. Pecans are generally expensive, and I recommend buying them at Costco if you can. I got 2 lbs for $13.
You can buy a pre-made pie crust or make your own like I did. The filling is super easy.
For the pie crust:
- 3 cups flour
- 2 sticks, plus 2 tablespoons, cold unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed
- 9 inch pie dish
- pie crust cutters, optional
For the filling:
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups pecan halves
Let’s get started with the crust. If you’re using a store bought crust, go to step 8.
- In a food processor or stand mixer using the dough hook, mix 3 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt.
2. Add 2 sticks, plus 2 tablespoons, cold, unsalted butter in pieces.
3. Mix until mixture has the texture of coarse meal.
4. With the stand mixer running, slowly add 1/4 cup cold water until dough just sticks together. Add more water if necessary. Shape dough into 2 equal size balls and flatten into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.
5. Next, roll out dough onto floured surface with a floured roller.
6. Place rolled out dough into a 9 inch pie dish. Trim excess overhang and add decorative trim if desired.
7. Place the dough lined pie plate into the refrigerator. Let’s get started on the filling.
8. In your stand mixer, whisk 4 eggs, 1 cup corn syrup, 1/3 cup light brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar, 4 tbs melted butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp salt until smooth. Mix in 3 cups pecans. Pour mixture into the chilled pie crust.
9. Place pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake on lowest rack until filling jiggles slightly in the center when gently shaken, 50 to 60 minutes.
Now the hard part is waiting 5 – 6 hours for the pie to cool down before digging in!
I just love the decorative pie crust, don’t you? I just bought a few more off Amazon and can’t wait to play with them!