Traditional Pecan Pie is a southern classic recipe you'll make time and time again. It's perfect for holidays, special occasions, and everything in between.
Why You'll Love This Pie
Do you have a favorite pie that takes you back to childhood? Traditional Pecan Pie has everything you remember about holidays and family get-togethers. Here are a few of its amazing features...
- easy to prepare
- can be made several days in advance
- tastes great cold or heated
- keeps well for a long period of time
- delicious with a scoop of ice cream or whipping topping
To make this Traditional Pecan Pie, you'll need only 7 ingredients...
- refrigerated pie crust
- salted butter
- granulated sugar
- light corn syrup
- large eggs
Quantities are listed in the recipe card at the end of this post.
If you cook the pie until it's not jiggly in the middle, it won't be runny. If it's still doesn't set after cooling it for 2 hours, you may need to add a teaspoon of flour to the filling the next time you make it.
Either one will work in this recipe. Light corn syrup is a sweetener and adds a touch of vanilla flavor. Dark corn syrup is more robust and adds a darker color to the pie.
How to Make It
Making this classic pecan pie recipe is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Press a refrigerated pie crust into a 9 inch pie plate. Crimp edges.
- Add pecans until the bottom crust is covered.
- Mix melted butter, brown sugar, Karo corn syrup, eggs and vanilla together in a bowl and pour over pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.
How to Create a Design on Top of Pie
To create a design on top of pie as shown below, make a 'flower' with pecans in the middle of the pie before baking. Add random pecans on pie until satisfied with the design. Bake as usual.
To achieve the crust pattern, cut slits all around the edge of the dough before placing in pie plate. Once dough is in plate, cross one strip over the other all around the pie.
- For best results, mix ingredients by hand.
- Use the meatiest pecans you can find.
- Salted butter works best in this recipe.
- Cover the crust with a pie crust shield during baking to prevent burning.
- If you'd like to make a substitution for Karo corn syrup, try this recipe.
- You'll know when the pie is done if it's set in the middle (very little jiggle).
More Pecan Desserts
If you love pecan pie, try these other yummy desserts that celebrate the crunchy goodness of this beloved nut...
- Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie
- Twice Baked Pecan Turnovers
- Baileys Streusel Cheesecake Cups
- Caramel Apple Pecan Crunch
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Bark
- Candied Bacon Pecans
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