We all have heard the expression, “American as apple pie.” Well, where I come from you are as American as a pecan pie on Thanksgiving day. Yes, you heard me, pecan pie. Pecans might very well have been present at the very first Thanksgiving feast. After all, the word pecan is a Native American word meaning, “a nut needing a stone to crack.” Well, let’s get to cracking some nuts, so we can make us an American classic, a pecan pie.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of corn syrup
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 6 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups pecans- halves or chopped ( we use large pieces in our pies)
- 2 – 9″ deep dish pie shells
Boil for 3 minutes the sugar, syrup, butter, and salt. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture. Mix well. Put the pecans in the pie shells. Distribute evenly. Make sure you have no gaps, if you do, put pecans in them. Pour mixture into two 9″ deep dish pie shells on top of pecans. Pecans will float to the top. (This method helps in two ways. The first is it makes your pies not as messy. The second is that it helps cut down on the pecans burning on top.)
Bake these pies in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to one hour depending on oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Pecan pies fresh out of the oven.