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Easy Pecan Pie

This nutty, syrupy sweet dessert is to die for!

What is Pecan Pie?

Pecan Pie is Southern baking at its finest. It’s made from pecans, with a filling that includes butter, sugar, eggs, and corn syrup. The subtle sweetness of the corn syrup is what really sets this recipe apart from the rest. This is the perfect pie recipe for beginners, or for kids to get involved in the holiday meal prep.

Why You’ll Love This Pecan Pie Recipe

  1. Easy. The beauty of this easy Pecan Pie recipe is that the prep time is less than 10 minutes!
  2. Make it ahead! This pie can and should be made in advance, so you’re not struggling with desserts the day of your family gathering. The extra time ahead gives it a chance to set, so it
    slices up perfectly!
  3. The flavor! The filling for this traditional pecan pie is sweet (but not too sweet) and rich. Perfectly buttery
  4. It’s a tried and true pie recipe. This pecan pie originates back to the folks at Karo syrup with a few minor tweaks to ensure success. It’s a classic for a reason.

Is there a taste difference between light and dark corn syrup?

Light corn syrup has a milder flavor than dark corn syrup. But you can use either in pecan pie. If you like a more robust, molasses-like flavored pie, try using dark.

Are pecan halves or chopped pecans better for pecan pie?

You see that crunchy uniform “crust” on the top of the pie? You can thank chopped pecans for that, which is why I use them versus pecan halves. To me, pecan halves are just too much but chopped pecans are just enough. Use whatever you like best though!

Is pecan pie supposed to be eaten hot or cold?

You need to let the pie cool to room temperature before you slice it or it’ll fall apart. I usually like to make it the night before I plan to serve it and store in the fridge so it has plenty of time to cool down and set up.

Can pecan pie sit out overnight?

Nope! It has eggs which means pecan pie needs to be refrigerated. It can sit out for about two hours though, so if you like it at room temperature, pull it out of the fridge half an hour or so before you serve it.

Why did my pecan pie turn out soupy?

If your pie is soupy, you probably didn’t bake it long enough. Baking time can vary with this recipe, so it’s best to give it a good jiggle before you take it out. If it’s very jiggly, pop it back in the oven for 20 minutes or so until it’s set.

Why does my pie fall apart?

If you don’t bake your pie long enough the center will not set up, creating a loose filling which will ooze when sliced. Make sure to bake your pie until the center is set and no longer jiggles.

Why does my pecan pie crack?

If you over-bake your pecan pie it will crack at the top, or if you cool your pie too quickly. ALlow the pie to cool at room temperature before refrigerating.

How To Store Pecan Pie

You should store your pecan pie airtight in the refrigerator. This will keep it fresh for the longest as well as keep it firm enough for sharp slices. Simply cover your pie plate with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Out of the refrigerator at room temperature your pie will be fine for up to a few hours.

Can You Freeze Pecan Pie?

  • Pecan pie is a great pie to freeze and thaw out when ready to use. Cover your pie in plastic wrap, and then again with aluminum foil for best freshness. Allow the pie to thaw in the refrigertaor before serving.

Tips for the Best Pecan Pie

  • Place your pie on a baking sheet. You can place your pie pan on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven if you are concerned about the pie bubbling over. You shouldn’t have that problem if you’ve use a deep dish pie pan, but it’s always nice to have a little insurance just in case!
  • Toast your pecans. You can toast your pecans to enhance the flavor if you would like to go the extra step!
  • Add some booze. Add in a splash of bourbon or a teaspoon of rum extract if you’re feeling crazy!

How do I know when it’s finished baking?

You will know your pecan pie is done cooking when you can gently shake the pie dish and see that the center of the pie is not overly jiggly and the outer edges are set. If the pie jiggles a lot when you gently shake the pan, continue cooking it until the center is a little more set. The cook time will vary and may take a bit longer than 60 minutes

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