Pecan pie – a true Southern native
Anybody who ever visited the American South will fondly remember the warmth and kindness of the people. You’ll definitely not starve there either, neither in terms of food, nor in terms of sweet words of endearment. Down South, when a waitress in a local dinner adresses you, it feels like someone puts a cozy blanket around your shoulders on a cold winter’s day, all while a fire crackles in the fire place of your living room.
While the American South is most certainly known for its amazing BBQ tradition, its sweet treats are certainly not far behind. One of these wonderful desserts, that will bring you to Cloud 9, is pecan pie. IT definitely is a taste of the American South. Pecan nuts are native to the American South. According to Wikipedia, native American tribes in Texas were already eating them 8000 years ago. Pecan pie itself is almost as “old” as the United States, as it dates back to around 1800 in New Orleans, but even after all these years, it hasn’t lost any of its charm.
I highly recommend using Mrs. Butterworth Orginal syrup for this recipe. Though of course you can just as well use any other corn syrup or the corn syrup by Karo, who suppossedly invented the most classic recipe for it. In the US, you can find it in almost any grocery store, like Target. Since we currently live in Germany, we actually import it, because it is absolutely worth the extra shipping fee to have this delicious syrup boosting amazing pecan pie to devine. I vouch for using the Orginal version of the syrup, if you however want to safe a few calories and keep your sugar intake a little more under control, the recipe below also works with any of the lower sugar content versions of Mrs. Butterworth syrups.
At a glance
- 10 servings
- Calories per serving: 423 kcal
- Preparation time: 10 min
- Oven time: 60 min
- 1.5 cups of peacan nuts
- 1 cup (12 ounces/240 ml) of Mrs Butterworth Original syrup
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- A 9 inch pie crust
Preparation of pecan pie
Now this pecan pie recipe is as straight-forward as they come and basically ready as fast as it takes you to even say the words “pecan pie”. Well, granted that is if you use a ready made pie crust, which I admit I tend to do in this case.
Step 1: First, melt the butter in the microwave or in a pan and pour it into a large-ish bowl.
Step 2: Afterwards add the Mrs Butterworth Original syrup, sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs until everything is nicely blended and combined.
Step 3: Then mix in the pecan nuts with a spatula and pour it into the pie crust.
Step 4: Bake the pecan pie in the preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius for 60 minutes.
Now you have a tough choice to make: should you be patient and wait till the pecan pie has fully cooled down or should you simply get the forks out and dig in? Not easy, as both options are about equal in terms of how tasty they are. In any case, you should strongly consider adding a scope of vanilla ice cream to go with it. You won’t regret it and since pecan pie ain’t exactly a light fully diet dish anyways, you might as well go all in and enjoy yourself.