Thanksgiving Dessert Blogging Part 2 & Ultimate Pecan Pie


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.


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


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...


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


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


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



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


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


  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 :)

  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!

  3. It looks great!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  12. Thanks everyone!

    Get to studying, Mondaykisses!

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

  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...

  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.