traditional pecan pie

Pecan Pie

When preparing a holiday feast for two, the most important decision to make is what kind of pie to bake. For me, hand’s down, my grandmother’s traditional pecan pie is the clear winner.

This year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be enjoyed with just the two of us. Though we’ve had some wonderful offerings to join friends around the Bay Area, we’ve opted for a delicious meal and a day of relaxing together. Traditional holiday menus tend to cater to large gatherings and though I’d love to have a spread of several salads, sides and desserts, I’ve opted for a reasonably condensed menu.

We scored a gorgeous, bone-in turkey breast from our local butcher which we will pair with fresh green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. We traded in large casseroles for fresh produce reducing portion sizes as well as the cost of extravagant ingredients. It wouldn’t be the holidays without baking so I will finish off the meal with fresh baked bread and a pecan pie. When reducing the dessert selection to just one pie, my Mommom’s traditional pecan pie will always be the winner. I added some snowflakes with the extra pie dough to celebrate the late Thanksgiving feast and to welcome the fast approaching winter holidays.

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Yields: 1 pie
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup white Karo Syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 prepared pie shell
  • Egg wash of 1 egg + 1 Tablespoon water beaten together
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Beat together sugar, flour, salt and eggs. Do not let eggs foam.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell.
  4. Add cutouts of pie dough for decoration, if desired. Brush all exposed dough with egg wash.
  5. Cover the edges of the exposed pie dough with foil to prevent over browning during baking.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour until knife comes out clean.

Pecan Pie