|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 50g||64%|
|Saturated Fat 16g||79%|
|Total Carbohydrate 85g||31%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This old-fashioned Southern pecan pie is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert.
The pecan pie―also known as Karo pie―was originally introduced in 1902 by the company that makes Karo corn syrup. It has become a much-loved pie, always a favorite on the holiday dessert table.
This is a classic pecan pie, made with homemade butter and shortening pastry. You can also use a frozen unbaked pie shell or use a refrigerated crust.
- For the Crust:
- 1 1/4 cups (6 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 tablespoons chilled butter (cut into pieces)
- 1/3 cup vegetable shortening (chilled)
- 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water
- For the Filling:
- 1 cup light or dark corn syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter (melted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 large eggs (slightly beaten)
- 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this pie is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Make the Crust
Gather the ingredients.
Combine the flour, salt, and sugar; blend well.
Add the pieces of butter and shortening and work with a pastry blender until the mixture forms crumbs. Some crumbs should be large, about the size of peas. If you use a food processor, pulse for about 5 to 7 times.
Work about 3 tablespoons of ice water into the mixture, then more water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, until the dough begins to hold together when a little is squeezed.
Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface and press to form a flattened disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Roll the dough out into a circle about 2 inches larger than the pie plate (upside-down measurement). Fit it into the pie plate and flute the edge as desired. Refrigerate until you are ready to fill the pie.
Make the Filling
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, combine corn syrup, brown sugar, salt, butter, and vanilla; mix until smooth and well blended.
Add the slightly beaten eggs and blend well; stir in pecans.
Pour the pecan mixture into the chilled pie shell.
Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until the filling is set. Check the pie for over-browning after about 40 minutes. If necessary, cover the crust edge with a pie shield or homemade foil ring to prevent excessive browning.
- If you are using a frozen pie shell, place it on a baking sheet before you add filling. It's much easier to move to and from the oven that way.
- Replace the pecans with the 1 1/2 cups of coarsely chopped walnuts.