This recipe makes a perfect pecan pie in Thanksgiving Day. By that, we mean a balanced sweet flavor, lots of toasted pecans, and the pie slices beautifully into wedges, looking just like pictures of pecan pie in a cookbook.

Ingredients for Pecan Pie in Thanksgiving Day

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Pecan Pie: Photo: Cookingclassy
  • 9 inch pie shell

  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

  • 1/3 cup butter

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 1 cup large pecan halves

Steps to Make Pecan Pie in Thanksgiving Day

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place unbaked pie crust in freezer until ready to bake. Then line pie crust with aluminum foil and pie weights or dried beans. Bake pie shell until set, about 5 to 6 minutes.

  2. Remove the foil and weights and bake 2 to 3 minutes longer until crust is just beginning to brown on the edges.

  3. As soon as the pie shell comes out of the oven, decrease oven temperature to 300 degrees.

  4. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; mix in sugars and salt with wire whisk until combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in corn syrup and vanilla.

  5. Place saucepan over very low heat. Cook and stir constantly with wire whisk until mixture is very warm and thickened about 6 to 7 minutes. You have to stir constantly with a whisk so the mixture cooks evenly and the eggs don't scramble on the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat and strain into a large bowl using a medium-mesh strainer (this is important to remove any cooked egg!), then stir in the chopped pecans.

  6. Pour the hot pecan mixture into hot pie crust. Place large pecan halves on top of the filling in a decorative pattern.

  7. Bake the pie until center feels set but soft when touched with your finger, and moves slightly when the pie is gently jiggled about 40 to 55 minutes. You may need to cover the edges of the crust with foil to prevent over-browning or cover the top of the pie with foil so it doesn't get too brown.

  8. Transfer pie to wire rack and let cool completely, at least 5 hours. Best eaten within 12 to 14 hours.

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A Piece of Pecan Pie. Photo: Cookingclassy

Remember, the recipe is more than a set of directions. Through the choices we make-chocolate or none, corn syrup or molasses, three or four eggs-through our choices, our cornbread becomes a melding of the people by whom we are born, with the people with whom we associate. When we share our pecan pie with our neighbors, we give them more than food. We give them ourselves, and we give them our friends and our mothers and our grandmothers.

Go now and bake your own perfect pecan pie. May that pie bring joy to your family, your friends, or your coworkers, and may your great-grandchildren someday say, "No one makes a pecan pie like my great-grandmother."

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