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Old Fashioned Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

Here it is: another round of snow.  That’s nothing weird here in Minnesota, and nothing like what everyone out on the East coast has gotten lately. But I do have to say that I’m getting a little annoyed.  All this snow we’ve gotten here lately could have come before Christmas.  That way it would have been, you know, festive.  Lately it seems like it snows more in late January/early February around here then it does in December.

But there’s nothing you can do about the weather.  What you can do, however, is make something delicious and gooey for when you come inside after a hard hour of shoveling/fort building/snow man constructing.  Sometimes you want a mug of hot cocoa.  Sometimes you want to get a little crazy.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and what’s better on the unofficial day of love than a dessert you go absolutely gaga over?  Pecan pie has always been that dessert for me.  This is a pie your sweetie will definitely appreciate.

Pecan Pie

I have fond memories of getting pie and ice cream at a local restaurant when I was a kid.  I think this was my treat when I did really well on a test or something.  And people, I ALWAYS got the pecan pie.  But then one day something changed.  The waitress asked me if I wanted my pie warmed up.  Usually with almost any pie I’d say yes, but I’ve always preferred pecan pie at room temperature, so I said no.  Big mistake.  A few minutes later she brought it out to me and I was pumped.  But my happiness changed to disappointment when I tried to cut into it.  Frozen!  And not the fun Disney kind of frozen either. 😃.  That’s when I first realized that lots of restaurants don’t make their own pies, but get them out of a box.  I think that’s when I became a dessert snob. 😊

Now, I have nothing against store bought desserts and treats.  The good people at Ben and Jerry’s can vouch for me on that.  But sometimes you just want to do a lil’ somethin’ somethin’, you know?  And what’s great about this recipe is that it’s pretty easy to put together.  You don’t even need to get out the mixer if you don’t feel like it!  And you can use whatever crust your heart desires, store bought or homemade.  I usually use this crust.

Another reason I like this recipe is that it doesn’t contain corn syrup.  I usually have nuts sitting around, but I only have corn syrup if I’m making candy.  Luckily, all you need here is brown sugar.  Cue The Rolling Stones. 😉.  I love pecan pies that are mainly made from maple syrup too, but that can get a little pricey for a single pie.

It can snow as much as it wants as long as I can have a slice of this when I come in from the cold. ✌️

Pecan Pie

(Slightly adapted from a pecan pie recipe on King Arthur Flour)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Old Fashioned Pecan Pie
  • A nine inch pie uncooked pie crust.
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2⅛ cups light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups pecans, some chopped and some whole
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place pie crust in a nine inch pie pan and flute.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave, then set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  5. Add in the milk and eggs, and beat until thoroughly combined.
  6. Mix in the vinegar an vanilla, give it a stir, then add in the butter and nuts.
  7. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for 45-50 minutes. The filling should be set up except for a 1½" spot in the center that's still jiggly.
  8. Remove from the heat and let the pie cool completely before eating.


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  • Aria January 26, 2016, 3:25 pm

    Oh my word I love pecan pie! Totally trying this! Probably on a snowy day I will make this and then curl up by the fire with David Copperfield (One of my absolute favorites!) and Luvems. Best thing ever to do on a snowy day.

    • Amanda January 27, 2016, 9:31 am

      Oh, that sounds like a perfect combination! I love Charles Dickens. My favorite is probably Nicholas Nickleby or Oliver Twist since I named one of my cats after him. 😉

      • Aria January 27, 2016, 3:35 pm

        I guessed! 😛 I haven’t read either…isn’t that so sad? I’ve only read David Copperfield, Little Dorrit, and Mudfog Sketches. Not sure what to read next.

        • Amanda January 28, 2016, 4:32 pm

          Back in high school one of the first books that they had us read that got me interested in 1700-1800s England was Great Expectations. And then I became obsessed with Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’urbervilles because its heroine was a Jane Eyre-type bummed out character who had everything that could possible go wrong happen to her. 🙂

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen January 27, 2016, 6:01 am

    Wow! This pie looks super yummy and stunning, Amanda. And love how easy to prepare this! And that crust too — such a delight! 🙂

    • Amanda January 27, 2016, 9:31 am

      Thanks, Anu! I love pies that are quick but satisfying too. 🙂

  • Jen | Baked by an Introvert January 27, 2016, 9:46 am

    I absolutely love pecan pie but don’t make it nearly enough. This one looks perfect. Well done!

    • Amanda January 27, 2016, 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Jen!

  • Manali @ CookWithManali January 27, 2016, 12:24 pm

    I love everything pecan especially this pecan pie! looks delicious!

    • Amanda January 27, 2016, 3:31 pm

      Thanks, Manali! Usually whenever a dessert is topped or filled with nuts I’m bound to be a fan!

  • Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction January 27, 2016, 1:36 pm

    I love pecan pie, and yours looks absolutely scrumptious!

    • Amanda January 27, 2016, 3:32 pm

      Thanks, Marsha! It’s always hard for me to have a reasonable slice of pecan pie. 😉

  • Sam @ SugarSpunRun January 27, 2016, 8:23 pm

    I’m with you, I could’ve used the snow BEFORE Christmas, too, but instead we had 70 degree weather! Mother nature is definitely making up for it now, though! This pie looks absolutely amazing (would you believe I’ve never made a Pecan Pie before?), I would LOVE a slice of this after some heavy shoveling!

    • Amanda January 28, 2016, 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Sam! Pecan pie and snowstorms go together like cookies and milk, right? 🙂

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop January 27, 2016, 8:50 pm

    I’m right there with you on only homemade pies! Out of the box….what’s up with that? I’m glad you’ve created a beautiful, homemade pecan pie! I love it!

    • Amanda January 28, 2016, 4:34 pm

      Thanks, Kathy! Homemade pies are some of my favorite desserts. I think it has something to do with the crust! I could live on crust.

  • Mir January 28, 2016, 7:56 am

    Hey, I’m buddies with Ben and Jerry too, but that doesn’t stop me from making my own ice cream. Both work for me! And this pie looks incredible, Amanda!

    • Amanda January 28, 2016, 4:35 pm

      Thanks, Mir! Don’t even get me started on homemade ice cream. One of my favorite memories as a kid is the old hand crank ice cream maker that you had to pack snow around. Homemade ice cream is the best!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary January 28, 2016, 9:07 am

    The snow has stopped here, but I always have room for pie! Especially pecan pie! Yours looks seriously delicious, Amanda! My husband and I could devour this in a few seconds, flat. 🙂 Cheers, dear!

    • Amanda January 28, 2016, 4:36 pm

      Thanks! I’m so glad I had plenty of help eating this pie because there is something about the gooey factor of pies like this that make me have no self control! 🙂

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry January 28, 2016, 12:38 pm

    I’m so glad you made a pecan pie in January. I don’t think it should be limited to only November.

    • Amanda January 28, 2016, 4:37 pm

      I’m with you on that. I could eat pecan pie all year round. Of course I’m the person who gets in the mood for gingerbread men in July. 🙂

  • Michele @ Two Raspberries January 29, 2016, 11:35 pm

    I am the worlds WORST pie maker lol but yours looks and sounds totally delicious! 😉

    • Amanda January 30, 2016, 3:52 pm

      Thanks so much! I made many burnt crusts before they actually started turning out. And smokey crust chocolate pie does not taste good. 🙂