Pecan Pie: Roasted nutty pecans are the perfect compliment to the sweet caramel like filling, especially when layered on a tender flaky crust in this pecan pie recipe.
Not only is this easy pecan pie recipe the perfect way to end a Thanksgiving meal, it’s unique because it’s a pecan pie recipe without corn syrup. Honestly, it is the best pecan pie I have ever had.
I never thought I liked pecan pie because I didn’t like the “jelly like” filling, but this recipe is not like that. The pecans are roasted which give it a wonderful depth of flavor, and the filling has a beautiful texture. It’s sugary, buttery, and studded with crispy pecan pieces, all baked into a buttery crust, simply delicious.
How do you make Southern pecan pie?
An old fashioned pecan pie on the table at Thanksgiving is a must. Pecan pie recipes have been around since the late 1800’s and really grew in popularity a couple of decades later when Karo syrup took off and started advertising it as a “sugar pie” the typical ingredients that you’ll find in classic southern pecan pie recipe are:
- A pie crust
- Corn syrup
- Brown and white sugar
Like I mentioned earlier this recipe doesn’t use corn syrup. Instead I make my own sugary based, and I’ve added milk to make a smooth buttery filling. Also, I roast the pecans which pumps up the nutty flavor and compliments the sweetness. I think these simple changes really enhances the overall flavor and takes a good pie to great. They’re small tweaks but add huge flavor.
Is pecan pie really bad for you?
The pecan pie isn’t going to win any points as a diet food. Most pecan pie ingredients have a lot of fat and simple carbs. It could be rationalized that pecans are full of antioxidants so…. Hahaha. Often in a pecan pie recipe Karo syrup is actually the main ingredient, in order to make this slight healthier, and to have a little more control, I have eliminated that, and made a few tweaks. All the ingredients in this recipe are simple and minimally processed, which is great for when you want to indulge.
Just remember, this is pie. So let’s just talk about balance, and not over-eating the pie, even though you will want to stuff your face because it is so dang good.
How do you make a simple pecan pie?
If your looking to shake up a traditional recipe you could try chocolate pecan pie, or pecan pie cheesecake. But for the purists out there the process is simple, and uses ingredients you likely already have in your fridge and pantry. This recipe is buttery, sugary, and so good, without being too sweet. I could not put my fork down. How do you make a simple pecan pie:
- Toast the pecans
- Mix the ingredients into a syrup-y mixture
- Pour them into a prepared crust
- Top with whole pecans
- Bake and Enjoy!
What’s a good recipe for pecan pie?
There are some notable recipes that have been shared for example the pecan pie Pioneer Woman makes, or the pecan pie recipe Food Network shares. You could make these pies, and I am sure they are great. But please do yourself a favor and make this version, as it is seriously yummy. You are going to get a crispy sugary top hugging all of the pecans, and a thick, brown sugar filling. It is seriously yummy stuff. Here is what I love about it:
- Nutty and sweet
- Smooth custardy filling that is richly flavorful with great, minimally processed ingredients.
- A beautifully flaky crust
These are all elements of the perfect pecan pie! Enjoy.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F
- Toast the chopped pecans for about 12-15 minutes in a 350 F oven, remove and set aside.
- Turn oven up to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
- Melt butter in a microwave, then add sugars (brown and white) to it and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy, and stir butter mixture.
- Add the flour; mix well. Last add the milk, vanilla extract and toasted chopped nuts.
- Pour into an unbaked 9-in pie crust.
- Top with halved pecans
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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