Help Please! Pecan Pie

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by SarahFair, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    I was going to make my SOs grandmother a Pecan Pie for this weekends christmas get together. The last time I made a Pecan Pie was over 2 years ago for my SOs bday and that pie turned out... just not right.

    I dont have any clue what I did wrong. The nuts were sorta burnt but the middle wanst stiff. I also used a gram cracker crust (pre made) in a tin plate.

    I thought I would do a practice one today and do the real one friday night (?). How long is a Pecan Pie good for after baking (when does it taste its best)?
    I will be using a pie tin this time also but regular pie crust.

    Here is the recipe I am going to use

    If you look through the pictures some of them look rather.. well.. not to be the right texture.
    Why do they look like that?

    Any tips/tricks for Pecan Pie?
    If you have a better recipe I am open to suggestions [​IMG]
    I dont have any Karo Syrup so I cant use one that calls for that.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009
  2. CedarRidgeChicks

    CedarRidgeChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Adair Co.Ky
    That sounds about right..I do use the Karo, but I would think the brown sugar/white sugar combo might work..I also add a tablespoon of lemon juice..(my mother did)..seams to enhance the taste..definetly a pastry crust..As for how long it will keep..of course the fresher the better..I think after 2-3 days the crust gets soggy.
  3. CedarRidgeChicks

    CedarRidgeChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Adair Co.Ky
    Sarah I went back and looked at some of the are right..some of them look..well..nasty!! Mine looks more like 7, 17, 21..I like to use the light Karo..thus it is lighter..maybe some of the expert cooks will have some other ideas..
  4. bonnylass79

    bonnylass79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2009
    Central Florida
    My first thought is that the temp on your oven is too high. Are you reducing it back down to 350 like the recipe says? 400 degrees for the first 10 minutes it to brown the pecans. When you reduce the temp to 350, I would recommend covering the pie with foil. It will keep the pecans from burning and hold the heat in so the filling can cool better. If you feel the crust or pecans need more browning, you can remove the foil for the last 5-10 minutes. Be careful to keep the foil from sticking to the crust. Also, the filling is not done until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Make sure it is cooked thoroughly. The filling should keep its shape when it is plated. Hope that helps.
  5. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    My first thought is -that's a bad pecan pie recipie. Go to the store and get the Karo syrup- there is a recipie on the back, if that doens't work, pm me, when I get home tonight I will send you mine. And I have never heard of a graham cracker crust on a pecan, seems to me that would get nasty in the oven with as long as it takes to bake the pie. Oh yea, when you go to the store, get an oven themometer if you don't have one. Some ovens can be off by 10-15 degrees which will screw up any pastry you make.
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  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    This is the recipe I use - the secret is the sugar and the syrup. Many recipes add flour to tighten up the filling as there isn't enough sugar and/or high enough temp to get the sugar to set in the baking.

    With the eggs as a binder and boiling the sugar and syrup first you are reaching a higher temp than just baking.

    I have never used a graham cracker crust for a pecan pie and I can't imagine the combo is a tasty one.

    1 c sugar
    1 1/2 c Karo syrup (I prefer 1/2 dark and 1/2 light: the dark adds a deeper richness to the flavor, don't skimp, use the Karo brand)
    4 large eggs
    1/4 cup butter (real butter, no substitutes)
    1 1/2 tsp vanilla
    1 1/2 cups pecans - you can use a coarse chop or whole
    1 unbaked deep dish pie shell

    In saucepan boil sugar and corn syrup together for 2 to 3 minutes; set aside to cool slightly.

    In large bowl beat eggs lightly and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly.

    Stir in butter, vanilla, and pecans and pour into crust.

    Bake in a 350°F oven for about 45 to 60 minutes or until set.

    Watch the edges so they don't brown too quickly and burn.

    A southern pecan pie is an art form in itself.​
  7. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    Oh yea, that is the recipie- I would for sure take Miss Prissy's advice. As a matter of fact, I am taking her recipie.
  8. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Now ya'll need to quit this!!! I'm gonna report ya'll to a moderator for making me drool all over my keyboard!!!

    Oops, I forgot, you *are* a moderator...well see, I've already got my report in!!!

    Send those pecan pies to me...I'm an internationally acclaimed art critic! [​IMG]


    Quote:A southern pecan pie is an art form in itself.
  9. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I always use the recipe on the Karo syrup bottle and do not have a problem.

    I always like to add a square of bakers chocolate to the butter when I soften it to have chocolate pecan pie, it's wonderful. I also mix my light and dark syrup like Miss P.

    If you have a problem with your oven temp, go in and stir the pie up while in the oven after it has baked for about 15-20 minutes, it will cook more evenly. I had an oven that was off and that is what I did to compensate.
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I know my pecan pie will be a hit now!! Thanks Miss Prissy. How about the sugar? Raw or white?

    For this one use white granulated sugar. The raw isn't fine enough to completely melt away.

    I thought I clicked quote and accidently edited your post - I am sorry OH!!! My goof
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