Southern Pecan Pie
For as long as I can remember, my favorite pie was Southern Pecan Pie. I remember when I was a child, my family visited our Uncle and his family for Christmas. Their kitchen was huge and they had the most kitchen gadgets and appliances I had ever seen. It was fascinating to observe how my favorite dishes were prepared, especially the pies! I desperately wanted to help but, was told I was too young. That day I made a resolution to myself to learn how to bake pies.
A few years later, my grandmother began to teach me how to bake. She always insisted on using JR Watkins extracts for her baked goods. I didn’t realize how much of a flavor difference it made until I tried using other brands. Even though I carefully followed my grandmother’s recipes, my baked goods never tasted as good as hers, then I realized why she was so adamant to use JR Watkins extracts and spices. Their extracts are true to flavor and don’t have an aftertaste like other brands. Granny’s secret ingredient is now my secret ingredient.
Today, my family is grateful for my commitment to learn the art of baking pies. Recently, my husband had a craving for Southern Pecan Pie. An hour later his pie was cooling on the rack. The following is our favorite recipe to achieve the rich buttery filling that makes Southern Pecan Pie so decadent.
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 45-50 min. Serves: 8-10 Difficulty: Easy
9-inch unbaked pie crust
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 tsp. salt
1 tsp. JR Watkins Original Double Strength Vanilla
1/2 tsp. JR Watkins Butter Extract
1 heaping cup pecan halves
Heat oven to 350ºF. Prepare pie crust and place in the refrigerator.
In a large bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, butter extract and vanilla; mix well. Pour filling into cold, unbaked pie crust (remember, cold crust plus hot oven equals flaky crust); sprinkle with pecan halves. Cover with pie crust shield to prevent over-browning of the crust.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until center is set. (Toothpick will come out clean when pie is “done”). You can remove the pie crust shield for the last 5 minutes if necessary. Allow to cool completely before serving.
How do you like to top your Southern Pecan Pie? Do you prefer a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream?
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