To me, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without a generous slice of pecan pie to finish things off with a flourish. Today, I am sharing my family’s all-time favorite pecan pie recipe. With a satisfyingly crunchy top layer and a sweet and creamy amber filling, this pie is like a slice a fall on a plate!
Classic Pecan Pie
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
- 1 1/4 cups pecan halves, divided
Combine the butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 1-minute intervals, stirring after each interval, for 3 to 4 minutes total. (The sugar should be completely dissolved.) Allow mixture to cool for 15 minutes.
Whisk eggs together in a small bowl. Add a small amount of the sugar mixture to the bowl, whisking well. (This step is called tempering the eggs, and it will prevent them from scrambling when you stir them into the sugar mixture.) Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt to the sugar mixture, stirring well to combine. Pour filling into the unbaked pie crust.
Finely chop 3/4 cup of the pecan halves, and pour the chopped nuts onto the center of the filling. Carefully arrange the remaining pecan halves around the outer perimeter of the pie. When this outer ring is formed, finely chop any pecan halves that are left over and use them to fill in any uncovered areas of filling.
Bake at 325 for 50-55 minutes. Allow to rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Clamoring for another delicious pecan recipe? Don’t miss my oh-so-delicious Pecan Cheesecake Squares!
P.S. Does the thought of preparing a Thanksgiving meal exhaust and overwhelm you?
Would you love to find a way to make things just a little bit easier this year, so you can spend more time with family and less time in the kitchen on the big day?
If so, you will want to stop back in Friday when I’ll be sharing a complete plan-ahead Thanksgiving menu, including a printable PDF action plan for things you can do as early as NOW to get you ready for your best Thanksgiving meal ever!