This recipe is a delicious easy to make classic Southern Pecan Pie.
Pecan Pie Recipe Ingredients Include
It is made with simple ingredients, including sugar, corn syrup, butter, eggs, and pecans.
Grandma’s Faith Endures
Now, you can make delicious traditional Southern Pecan Pie anytime with this super simple recipe. This recipe belongs to my mother-in-law, Floy. I have been in the Roark family for 31 years, and we have had this pecan pie recipe on our table every holiday. My mother-in-law, Floy, was not going to disappoint us by not preparing our favorite holiday pie. She did not feel like baking pecan pies or even celebrating Christmas this year.
My Father-In-Law Has Gone To Heaven
As many of you know, my father-in-law passed away just a few weeks ago on November 19, 2015. He developed complications from a stem cell transplant he needed to fight cancer. Their daughter, Marsha, is a three-time cancer survivor. See Marsha’s encouraging story here. Grandpa Don and Grandma Floy have always had a strong faith in God. They set an example for all of us to have faith in God to work everything out. The two of them taught us never to give up and live a life honoring God. Even though Grandpa Don is no longer here with us, our family can rest assured that we will see him again one day.
Christmas without Grandpa
Our hearts are sad without Don being here, but we have to be happy and thankful for the time we spent with him. We all miss him, especially Floy. December 23, 2015, would have been their 52nd wedding anniversary. On their 50th wedding anniversary, we all went to Patti’s 1880 Settlement to celebrate. See their 50th-anniversary video here.
My Mother-In-Law Is Holding On To Her Faith
After 52 years of Floy living with her best friend, she truly misses spending time with Don. I am sure it is the little things that she misses the most, like fixing her coffee and serving it to her in bed every morning. She has been doing pretty well, but we did not expect her to make a special effort to fix our favorite holiday treat. We were all surprised when she pulled out the pecan pies. We knew pecan pies were Don’s favorite too and how much they would remind her of him. Don loved to cook, and quite frankly, he was in charge most of the time in the kitchen. He would have been so very proud of these delicious and beautiful pecan pies that grandma made all by herself.
Secret To Making Pecan Pies is Timing
Grandma promises you cannot mess up these pecan pies. She said you mix it up and bake it at 375 degrees 1 hour, and they will turn out every time. (All ovens do not heat the same. Please test the center and make sure it is not runny before removing it from the oven.) Allow pecan pie to cool 2 hours before cutting it.
Cover the pie with foil for the first 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 30 minutes and then test the pie with a toothpick. The center of the pie filling should stick to the toothpick and not be runny.
The one hour time will depend on the temperature of your oven. The pie should slightly giggle in the middle. Insert a toothpick in the center of the pie. If the toothpick is watery, the pie is NOT done. If the pie filling sticks to the toothpick, it is ready.
We have a disagreement in our family about pecan pie. I like it at room temperature. The rest of the family loves it right out of the refrigerator, like the picture above.
This recipe adapted from A Taste of The Good Life From friends and neighbors of the Tennessee Division American Cancer Society
Pecan Pie Bars
Toasting Pecans Brings Out The Flavor
Toasting pecans allows them to release their oils, which enhances their flavor.
- Preheat your oven 250 degrees F.
- Spread pecans evenly on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Watch carefully until golden brown and aromatic.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- Keep toasted pecans in a sealed container up to a week or frozen up to 3 months.
- This is optional when making a pecan pie.
Never Fail Pecan Pie
- Add the beaten eggs until foamy.
- Add the salt, melted butter, light corn syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix well.
- After mixing well, add pecans and stir.
- Pour filling into unbaked pie shell.
- Cover the pie with foil bake 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake 20 to 30 minutes uncovered. Set a timer for 20 minutes and check to see if the middle giggles but not wet.
- INSERT A TOOTHPICK in the center of the pie. It should NOT be watery. The pie filling needs to stick to the toothpick.
- Allow pie to cool 2 hours before cutting it.
- Pie freezes well. wrap in plastic wrap and then cover well with foil.
How do we pronounce pecan pie in the South?
It is true that in the SouthSouth we pronounce pecan like pe-con. The reason is that people in the SouthSouth who grew up using an outhouse used a pee can during the night. So, if you say pecan (pee can), a person who grew up in the SouthSouth may bring you something besides pecans. Yes, I know what you must be thinking. Too much information! Well, this information was passed down by my father, his sisters, and my husband’s grandparents.
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