Thanksgiving Dessert Blogging Part 2 & Ultimate Pecan Pie

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The secret to Ultimate Pecan Pie? Toasting your pecans. Toasting brings out the flavorful oil of the nuts.

Welcome back. It's 6:00 PM and this day has not gone as planned. I wanted to update a lot more than this, but it hasn't worked out well. I've been busy trying to get the desserts finished. Although I have updated my Twitter more than I ever have.

The pie dough turned out beautifully. I was very happy with it.


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This is how I flute the edges of pie crust. It's one of my favorite parts of pie baking.

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This is the filling of my pecan pie - it consists of chopped pecans, browned butter, sugar, brown sugar corn syrup, eggs, and the secret ingredient...

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The seeds of half of a vanilla bean pod. Mmm vanilla.

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This is the filling in the pie shell, right before baking. I lined the edges with pecan halves.

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The baked version. Oh man. I love pecan pie. Puhcahn pie.

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I'm looking forward to this pie. I've always preferred pecan over pumpkin.
I'm getting tired. :(

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Ultimate Pecan Pie 

1 2/3 cup pecan halves
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large eggs
1 cup dark corn syrup
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook the pecans in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 4-5 minutes; remove. Add the butter to skillet and cook until foamed and golden brown, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pecan halves, and chop the rest.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs until just combined. Whisk in corn syrup, sugar, cream, vanilla bean seeds and salt, until well combined. Stir in chopped pecans and browned butter until combined; pour into pie shell. Places pecan halves around the border.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes, or until set, but slightly jiggly; cool on a wire rack.

Makes 8 servings


17 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! I'm reading this blog at 2AM instead of studying for my presentation tomorrow and what the heck, it's SO WORTH IT! I'm getting hungry now though, I bet this pie tastes even better than it looks :)

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  2. I have only recently discovered I sorta like pecans but I really want to try this pie! I love the addition of brown butter and vanilla...yum!

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  3. It looks great!

    It's late but I wanted to tell you Happy Thanksgiving, Emily!
    ~ingrid

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  4. The heading should be "The Ultimate Most Decadent Pecan Pie". This is a crowd stopper,did you make enough???

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  5. Yum! After seeing this post I called my mom. Guess what she has added to her list of Thanksgiving pies! Can't wait!

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  6. Your crust is so beautiful. I"m envious.

    My husband would go nuts over this pie. Pecan is his favorite.

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  7. Definitely the ultimate pecan pie! I SO want a slice right now and I am stuffed :)

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  8. i think i've only ever had one pecan pie, and it wasn't memorable... this one? i'm drooling :)

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  9. i would be proud to partake of your pecan pie. proud and pleased as punch. :)

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  10. This looks amazing. Pecan pie is definitely one of my favorite holiday desserts.

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  11. I'm just now catching up on blogs since I was away for the holiday! This pie looks great and I'm not even a big fan of pecan pie! Yum.

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  12. Thanks everyone!

    Get to studying, Mondaykisses!

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  13. I don't think I will ever make a pecan pie, but this looks great!

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  14. Except for my mother's recipe, this looks like the best one ever! You're such an artist. If you put that pie behind a frame, people would come for miles to gawk at it...

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  15. Your love for this really shows. I would get out of bed for a slice of pecan pie. I once made Dear Abby's recipe and loved it. I think brown sugar was the difference.

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