Old Fashioned Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is one of the first things I look for when it comes time to hit the
Of course, pecan pie was around long before corn syrup was even dreamed of. Other versions of corn syrup free pecan pies use maple syrup, honey or cooked brown sugar. In my great-grandmother's oldest church cookbook, there's a recipe for Praline Pecan Pie that simply mixes brown sugar with eggs to make a basic custard base.
I prefer using an all-purpose cane sugar syrup that I've been playing with lately. This syrup makes a perfectly gooey pie with a deep caramelized flavor and a crunchy nut topping. Honestly, I'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this pie and the corn syrup versions I've made and loved in the past. In our minds, that's a win all around.
It hardly needs to be pointed out, but a slice of pecan pie pairs brilliantly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. I also like a cup of strong black coffee to sip between sugary bites.
Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie
Make one 9-inch pie
1 9-inch unbaked piecrust
1 cup (370g / 13 ounces) cane sugar syrup
1 cup (220g / 7.75 ounces) granulated sugar
3 large eggs, lightly whisked
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (225g / 8 ounces) halved pecans
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F with an oven rack placed in the middle of the oven.
Roll out the piecrust and transfer it to a 9-inch pie pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and freeze for 15 minutes while you prepare the filling.
Microwave the cane sugar syrup in 30 second bursts on HIGH (about 60 to 90 seconds total), or set in a saucepan of simmering water, until the syrup is pourable.
Combine the syrup, sugar, eggs, salt, melted butter and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Stir gently until the mixture is smooth and all the ingredients are evenly combined. Stir in the pecans.
Remove the piecrust from the freezer and pour the filling into the shell. Use a spoon to make sure the pecans are distributed evenly. Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips and bake for 50 to 55 minutes. The pie is done when it reaches an internal temperature of about 200 F, and when the top crust turns deep golden-brown and feels firm when gently tapped.
Allow to cool completely and keep loosely covered with plastic in the refrigerator. Pie will keep for one week.
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