How to make the best classic pecan pie recipe. Easy, old-fashioned, southern dessert with a gooey filling and homemade crust. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
Southern pecan pie has become one of my favorite desserts this time of year. Like our favorite apple crumb pie, it's always on the dessert table at Thanksgiving; and it's usually a safe bet that my mom will have one sitting on her kitchen counter at different times throughout the year.
It's funny, 'cause when I was younger, I didn't like your typical, classic pecan pie at all (or maybe I just thought I didn't). But I've really grown to love it over the last few years.
I don't know which is my favorite, the crunchy pecans that float to the top or the delicious sweet, somewhat salty pie filling that gives pecan pie its unique flavor. Mmmm, it's just so good!
Also, pecan pie is so easy to make; it's not one bit complicated. Make a crust, mix up the filling, pour it into the crust, and presto… It's ready to bake.
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If you’d rather skip all of my baking tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.
INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:
Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.
KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:
Glass Measuring Cup – for measuring out liquids.
Baking Tester – Check whether your pie (or cake) is done.
Wire Rack – for cooling the pie.
Coffee Maker with Coffee – Some of my favorite memories are dessert with my grandmother. She always loved a hot cup of coffee with her pie.
HOW TO MAKE PECAN PIE
First things first, mix up a pie crust…
MAKING THE PIE CRUST:
MAKING PECAN PIE FILLING:
- Using a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. And by cream, I mean mix together really well until it becomes a creamy mixture.
- Lightly beat the eggs together. Then mix them into the butter/sugar mixture.
- Add dark corn syrup and vanilla to the mixture, mixing well.
- Then stir in the pecans by hand.
Then just pour the pie filling into your unbaked pie crust. Bake the pie according to the instructions in the recipe card below. Learn how to prevent pie crust from burning.
Serve with a creamy delicious dollop of whipped cream!
BAKING TIPS FOR SOUTHERN PECAN PIE
- You may want to use a pie shield or a strip of aluminum foil to keep the edges of your pie crust from getting too dark or burning.
- When your pie is fully cooked through, remove it from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
HOW TO TELL WHEN PECAN PIE IS DONE
You can also check the internal temperature with a cooking thermometer. It should be at least 200° F.
When you go to take it out of the oven, your pie should be fairly firm. If it's more than slightly jiggly, it needs more time in the oven.
It’s a delicate balance between under-baking and over-baking when it comes to pecan pie. On the other hand, you don’t want it to be uncooked in the middle; on the other hand, you don’t want it to crack and be too dry.
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Classic Pecan Pie
- Chill the pie crust, rolled out and prepared in a 9-inch pie plate, 'til you're ready to add the filling.
- Pre-heat the oven to 450° F.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream (or mix) together the butter and sugar.
- In a separate smaller bowl, lightly beat the eggs together.
- Then mix the eggs into the butter/sugar mixture.
- Add the dark corn syrup and vanilla to the mixture, mixing well.
- Stir in the pecans by hand.
- Pour the pie filling into the unbaked pie crust.
- Bake the pie at 450° F for about 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350° F, and bake an additional 30 minutes.
- When the pie is fully cooked through, remove it from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
- Serve each slice with a creamy delicious dollop of whipped cream.