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I know, I know, a Thanksgiving pecan pie recipe can be so intimidating. But don’t worry, I’m sharing the easiest version of the best Southern pecan pie recipe that anyone can make. You know I love delicious easy recipes especially for the Thanksgiving menu this year! I mean, someone had to make the sacrifice to practice and create the best pecan pie recipe, right?! Seriously, though, don’t miss the extra secrets and suggestions at the end.
RECIPES WITH MEANING
Pecan pie and lemon pound cake were two desserts that my Grandmother was known for in our family when I was growing up. “Grammy” and Papa lived close enough for me to walk to there house whenever I wanted to. I would often perch myself in their cozy kitchen and watch my Grammy make desserts where the scrumptious smell alone would knock your socks off.
I guess the reason that this recipe and her pound cake recipe are so precious to me is because Grammy passed away several years ago. She was my person. The one in my family that I was most like and I loved her dearly.
Every time I start gathering supplies to make these two recipes, fond memories spent with just Grammy and I in her kitchen flood through me. I pray that one day my children and future grandchildren have warm fuzzy memories of me in the kitchen as well.
EASY SOUTHERN PECAN PIE RECIPE KARO INCLUDED
I hope you can make some of those special memories with my old-fashioned but EASY recipes as well.
If I can do it, you can do it!
I know that one of the favorite ingredients for anyone making a pecan pie recipe is Karo syrup. I don’t know why you would try to do it any other way! Yes, I know the sugar content is high, but it’s one dessert for one day. Let’s live a little.
Like I mentioned above, this recipe is made with Karo syrup AND two types of sugar and a dot of syrup so the sugar numbers are high. A gluten-free pie crust could be used in substitution for a flour one, so that would make it better for some people. Most people only eat one or two slices a year, so to me, it’s a splurge that’s worth taking!
It took me a couple tries before I realized that the only way to know a pecan pie is done in the oven is when the top get a dark brown, almost caramelized look to it. The pie should still be just slightly jiggly in the center when you move it – but not over liquid-y.
Two or three hours. Here’s the deal… if you cut into a warm pie, all the yummy filling inside is going to fall apart everywhere as you try to move it to a plate. If you let the pie cool properly, you’ll be able to cut a clean slice and leave all of it intact.
Absolutely if it is baked before setting aside! Since it needs to cool for at least two hours anyway, you can make hours ahead and keep it room temperature until it’s time to serve.
If it is properly baked, it can remain at room temperature for several hours unless the temps inside a house are very hot. The pie needs to be refrigerated after several hours and can not be left out.
PECAN PIE RECIPE
I look forward to making this easy recipe because of the joy it brings to my family. Below I’m sharing the ingredients, instructions and recipe card for you to print. Don’t miss my other easy southern treats like my apple pie recipe, gluten free banana bread, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. If I can make them, so can you!
Pecan pie ingredients
There’s more detail on the printable recipe card below but here’s a quick glance at the general ingredients:
- unbaked pie crust
- white sugar
- brown sugar
- Karo syrup
- maple flavoring
- melted butter
Easy pecan pie recipe instructions
The ingredients and instructions for a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea ->>>
Basically, you are going to pour pecans into the best unbaked pie crust (store-bought or homemade) and then pour the syrupy mixture over the top.
Important: Grab a piece of tin foil about the size of the pie plate and place it over the top of the pecan pie when you place it in the oven.
Very important: Don’t mash the tin foil down on the pie … let it be like a tent that hovers and barely touches the pie crust edges. If you allow the foil to rest right on the top of the pie, the gooey yumminess will come off on the foil when you remove it later.
You will keep the foil atop the pie for the first 30 minutes of baking time. When you remove it, there will be an additional 20 minutes of baking without it.
Here’s your printable recipe card of how to make the best pecan pie recipe:
- 1 unbaked pie crust
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup karo syrup
- 3/4 t vanilla flavoring
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 3 beaten eggs
- 1 heaping Tablespoon pecans (chopped)
- Chop pecans to your desired size and place in bottom of pie crust
- In a bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients very well and pour over pecans
- Place foil lightly over top of pie
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes
- Remove foil and bake on 350 degrees for 20 more minutes
- If center is still giggly when you touch pie pan, turn off oven but left pie sit for 15 minutes in oven.
- Remove and enjoy!
You really don’t need a special reason to make a Southern pie recipe but around here, it’s top of the request list for Thanksgiving AND Christmas dinners. It simply wouldn’t be the holidays without this sweet dessert of Thanksgiving pie! Since it’s such a unique treat, this amazingly easy pecan pie recipe would make a wonderful gift to someone you care about. I mean, who wouldn’t love to receive a homemade pecan pie from your kitchen?!
I failed to mention that I used that heaping Tablespoon of pecans when mixing the recipe, but I also add a few bigger pieces on the very top before placing in the oven (notice the image) for a prettier presentation. This can be at your own discretion and totally optional.
Hey, maybe I should make several and sell them to my local friends on Christmas Eve. Nah, they’ll want the joy of making their own since it’s so incredibly easy. You could share my easy Thanksgiving dessert with your friends and family and let them try their hand at it as well!
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