Perfect Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie – the quintessential Southern pie.  A tender, sweet butter crust serves as the foundation that encases this rich, buttery, gooey, pecan filling. I’ve tried countless pecan pie recipes over the years and I always come back to this recipe which uses brown sugar instead of white sugar; brown sugar intensifies the flavor.  This recipe is a little less sweet than most and a little richer with a bumped up amount of butter in the filling. This is the perfect, Classic Pecan Pie!

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare the Pie Crust and refrigerate or use a purchased pie crust if desired.

Melt the butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture.  Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them.

Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour.   Cool completely before serving.

Perfect Pecan Pie
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Perfect Pecan Pie - the Quintessential Southern pie!
Ingredients
  • One unbaked pie crust
  • ¾ stick unsalted butter (6 tablespoons)
  • 1¼ cups packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • Accompaniment: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture. Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them.
  2. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely.

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