Pie Perfect: Pecan Pie For Thanksgiving Dessert. Photos (left to right): Angela at Unexpected Elegance, Gourmet Food World.
When you talk about Thanksgiving dessert, the first thing that comes to mind is pie. Pumpkin pie, of course, and apple pie, sure. We’re a bit pumpkin-ed out after Halloween, and apple pie seems a bit, well, boring! But a crunchy, sweet and meaty pecan pie recipe, now that’s something that gets our culinary gears churning. This Southern classic is always delicious, but we were astounded to find out that pecans are also really nutritious! Read on!
Delicious anyway you slice it! Pecan Pie by Angela . Photo by: Angela at Unexpected Elegance
Pecans are yummy, yes, but they’re also heart healthy, rich in Omega 6 fatty acids and a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. Studies even show that eating pecans may delay age-related muscle degeneration. So this Thanksgiving you can have your pecan pie and eat it. Your heart will also be thankful.
Pecan Pie Recipe Tips & Trips
- For choosing pecans with shells: look for clean shells with no blemishes or cracks
- If you shake it and it rattles, then roll. It shouldn’t rattle!
- Pecans have more moisture and spoil more easily, so double-bag any leftover and store in the fridge (3 months) or freezer (6 months)
- For toasted pecans, bake in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Make ahead: bake your pecan pie fully and freeze, up to a week. Then thaw at room temperature when you’re ready to serve
- Pretty as pecan pie: decorate the crust by marking the edge with a fork using a crosshatch pattern
Want to give pecan pie a try? To help you out, we’re sharing a delicious (and easy!) Pecan Pie recipe by Angela of Unexpected Elegance. For this Texas native, raised amongst pecan trees, Pecan Pie is as American (if not more!) than apple pie. Her recipe (below), is delicious and easy to follow, which leaves you with more time to spend with your family. Visit Angela’s blog for her full Pecan Pie post, plus more recipes, fun diy home projects and crafty lifestyle tricks. Thanks Angela!
A generous amount of meaty chopped pecans is the secret to equally delicious slices. Photo by: Angela at Unexpected Elegance.
- 1/2 stick butter
- 2/3 Cup of Sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 Cup Light Karo
- Chopped Pecans
- pie crust (pre-made works just fine) or try Martha Stewart's Basic Pie Dough Recipe
- Form the crust into the pie dish
- Fill the bottom with chopped pecans. You can have as much or as little as you would like.
- Melt butter and whisk in the remaining ingredients: sugar, vanilla, Light Karo, eggs.
- Pour the liquid over the pecans, and the pecans will slowly rise to the surface.
- Use some foil or crust cover around the edges of the crust during most of the baking so the crust doesn’t get too brown.
- Bake at 375 degrees for around 45 minutes.
- A lot of pecan pie recipes call for the dark syrup, but make sure to get the light for this one!!