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Authentic Pecan Pie Recipe

Authentic Pecan Pie Recipe

Pecan pie is a beloved classic dessert that's a staple at many holiday gatherings and special occasions. With its rich, buttery crust and gooey, sweet filling packed with crunchy pecans, it's a true Southern delight that delights taste buds with every bite. Whether served warm or chilled, topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, pecan pie never fails to evoke feelings of warmth and comfort. This authentic recipe promises to deliver all the traditional flavors and textures that make pecan pie a timeless favorite.


For the crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup (light or dark, according to preference)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves

Instructions for making an Authentic Pecan Pie:

Step 1: Prepare the Crust
  • In a large bowl, mix 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour with 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Add 1/2 cup of cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces.
  • Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Gradually add 2-4 tablespoons of ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough comes together.
  • Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2: Roll Out the Dough
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a 12-inch circle.
Step 3: Prepare the Pie Dish
  • Carefully transfer the rolled-out dough to a 9-inch pie dish.
  • Trim any excess dough from the edges and crimp the edges as desired.
  • Place the pie crust in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Step 4: Make the Filling
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of corn syrup (light or dark, according to preference), 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter until well combined.

Step 5: Assemble the Pie
  • Arrange 1 1/2 cups of pecan halves evenly over the bottom of the chilled pie crust.
  • Pour the prepared filling mixture over the pecans, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Step 6: Bake the Pie
  • Place the assembled pie on a baking sheet to catch any spills.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown.
  • If the edges of the crust begin to brown too quickly, cover them with aluminum foil halfway through baking.

Step 7: Cool and Serve
  • Once baked, remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Once cooled, slice the pecan pie and serve.
  • Optionally, serve slices with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy your homemade, authentic pecan pie!

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