Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie (no corn syrup) Recipe

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I've always been lukewarm about Pecan Pie, and if I did indulge, I'd eat a tiny sliver. The filling always seemed so cloyingly sweet that I wasn't a fan-- until now! I made this recipe using maple syrup. The filling set perfectly and was absolutely delicious. It was the perfect balance of sweet, and just the right ratio of pecan. I make an all-butter (Pate Brisee) shortbread crust. This pie was gone in no time at all! Recipe from Cook's Country, Oct/Nov 2009.

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Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients

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  • For the Patee Brisee (all-butter) pie crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
  • For the pie filling:
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted and chopped pecans
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell (see note), chilled in pie plate for 30 minutes
  • NOTE: Regular or mild molasses tastes best in this pie.

Directions

  1. For the pie crust:
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.
  3. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.
  5. Make Filling:
  6. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450 degrees.
  7. Heat sugar, syrup, cream, and molasses in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
  9. Whisk butter and salt into syrup mixture until combined. Whisk in egg yolks until incorporated.
  10. Bake Pie:
  11. Scatter pecans in pie shell. Carefully pour filling over.
  12. Place pie in hot oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  13. Bake until filling is set and center jiggles slightly when pie is gently shaken, 45 to 60 minutes.
  14. Cool pie on rack for 1 hour, then refrigerate until set, about 3 hours and up to 1 day.
  15. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 188g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 757  
Calories from Fat 377 50%
Total Fat 43.19g 54%
Saturated Fat 21.92g 88%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 244mg 81%
Sodium 462mg 19%
Potassium 270mg 8%
Total Carbs 88.37g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 7%
Sugars 53.19g 35%
Protein 7.54g 12%
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