When Life Gives You Pecans...

Pecan Pie

Pie Dough:
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons (trans-fat free) shortening
3 tablespoons ice water

1 1/2 cups very coarsely chopped pecans
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work the butter and shortening in, using a pastry blender or your finger tips, until the mixture resembles pea-sized lumps. Sprinkle in the water, 1 tbsp. at a time, stirring gently with a fork after each addition and adding only enough of the water to form a rough mass.

Using floured hands, pat into a smooth, flattened round. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast the pecans. Place the pecans on a small sheet pan, and bake for 10 minutes, stirring once, until fragrant and golden brown; cool.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup, and bring mixture to a boil. Continue to cook syrup, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and cool for 5 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla extract, until well combined. Gradually whisk in syrup mixture into eggs, until well combined. Stir in pecans.

Roll out pie dough, thinly, on a floured surface, and fit into a 9 inch pie plate; crimp the edges. Pour pecan filling into pie shell. (Optional- Whisk together 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons milk, and brush over pie crust edges)

Place pie on a large baking sheet pan, place pan in oven, and bake at 350 degrees F, for 30-35 minutes, or until pecan filling has risen, and is golden brown.
Cool pie on a wire rack, completely, before slicing.

Yield: 8-10 slices


  1. Ah such a fresh ingredient will be perfect in your very capable hands.

    Happy new year!

  2. You did those pecans proud, girl. Beautiful pie. Thank YOU for doing my blog title -- it's all good.

  3. happy happy new year to you emilline!! wishing you more blessings for your family & lots of delicious creations for this year!!!

    love your pecan pie!!

  4. Perfect use for those pecans Emeline. What a lucky duck to have fresh pecans at all!!!!

  5. Hey - I was mentioned in that same article!! Except they called my blog "Working Woman Food" which is a common mistake because of my url...but I changed the name of my blog when I first started blogging.

    Anyway - your pie sounds wonderful! I don't think I've ever made a pecan pie, but I've eaten my fair share of them!

  6. Good use of tose pecans, love the photo angles.

  7. Yummm! I love pecan pie, but rarely make it because my family is anti nuts. They are crazy! It looks great!

  8. My god, I'm in envy of how you have time to make all this stuff! :( I don't know if I've ever tasted pecans - I've certainly never tasted pecan pie. Guess it's not a big thing over here!

  9. Agreed! Pecan pie rocks! I just finished cracking the ones we got from the tree,not as big but darn tasty! The pie looks delicious!
    Happy New Year!

  10. What more can a girl ask for? It's nice to have pecans that are broken when you get them from the store. lol. Your pie looks purty fantastic. Thanks for the holiday wishes, sorry I never replied I've been away and also with work. But I'm back!

  11. Mmmmm. What do you do when life gives you hazelnuts?

  12. Cynthia- I don't know about my hands being capable, but thank you.
    Happy New Year to you!

    Anj- No, THANK YOU!

    Dhanggit- Happy New Year!

    Valli- Yes, I think so.

    Deb- I know! You were the first one. I'm sorry about the URL. Maybe you could change it to, "Taste and Tell"?

    Columbia Foodie- Thank you! My pictures don't compare to other people's, though.

    Jenny- Your family is crazy for not liking nuts! Hmmm, you must trick them into eating nuts. That's what I'd do. Hee hee.

    Princess Polly- I guess pecan pie wouldn't be a big thing in England, would it? You must try it sometime.
    I have a lot of time, because I'm not very social. I'd rather be baking than talking.

    Tartelette- Pecan Pie does rock! Happy New Year to ya.

    Val- Glad you're back...I knew you were busy.

    Tanya- Ooooh, good question. I made cookies with some, a while back. Proof of the Pudding did something cool with them. Check out that blog-it's on my site. You'll probably have to scroll down a bit. I think it was a chocolate cake.

    Mallow- Thanks.

  13. I looooooooooove pecan pie. Happy New Year!

  14. Oh, I'm with you on that one. There are few foods as delectably sticky and delicious as pecan pie. It's almost lunch time...I wonder how long it would take to whip up a pie.... ;) Thanks for visiting my blog; I really like yours, esp. your beautifully lit photos.

  15. Peacan pie is one of my favorites. Yours looks amazing!
    Btw, I'll be back soon, my computer broke and I just got a new one.I will be busy trying to catch up.

  16. You have some pretty nice friends.

    Okay, how do you pronounce pecan? I say peeeee-can, even though a friend of mine told me that's what her grandmother used to keep under her bed. So now every time I say Pee-can, I laugh. I don't care... I'm not saying Puh-Kahn.

    Yours are gorgeous.

  17. Looks great...and I do have a lot of pecans...hmmm.

  18. Dana- Me too!

    Susan- Thanks!

    Annie- Get back soon!

    Sue- I say, PUH-Kahn.
    That's how I was taught. It was kind of hillbilly if you said, PEE-CA. But however you want to say it is ok with me.

    Peabody- Thank you..

  19. I love pecan pie but now that I try to sut corn syrup put of my diet I never get any.