Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Old Fashioned Pecan Pie

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

When I was out in Arizona on vacation a couple of weeks ago, my brother and I made a pecan pie for our Dad.  Pecan Pie is his favorite, so I try to make it for him every once and a while!

I searched Pinterest for recipes and found this one to pin.  The recipe is originally from the November 2009 issue of Gourmet, and was blogged on Last Call For Corn.

World's Cutest Brother did most of the pie making.  He pretty much made the pie crust himself with directions from me.

Using the pastry blender to cut in the butter:

Grating the orange zest:

{ He's a lefty just like me! }

Our pie pastry all ready for filling:

Working on the filling:

The pecans, all ready for the filling:

This photo taken by World's Cutest Brother.  Look how messy the counter was!  I see a Starbucks cup, a banana, two glasses...

- Pie pastry { This is my go-to recipe, from Smitten Kitchen }
- 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
- 1-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups pecan halves (1 cup chopped)

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Place a baking sheet on the middle rack.
2.  Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under and lightly press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes (or freeze 10 minutes).

3.  Meanwhile, melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, zest, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture.

4.  Put pecans (both halves & chopped) in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them. Bake on hot baking sheet until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely.

Here's our finished pie.  It definitely would be prettier if we had fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top!

What did you cook this week?

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  1. That looks amazing! On a side note: I love your stove :)

  2. My oldest daughter (11) is a lefty too :) The only one in our family!

  3. your pie looks incredible!!! linked up a healthy Easter treat today. thanks for hosting.

  4. Alissa that pie looks fantastic! Yum! Thanks for hosting!

  5. Your son did a great job with that Pecan Pie, he is adorable! Thanks for hosting and have a fun day!
    Miz Helen

  6. Always love seeing your adorable little helper! And, what I wouldn't give for a slice of that pie right now. :)

  7. It's great having a sous chef, right! Gotta love old fashioned recipes. Looks delish. Have a great week.

    Quiet Luxury

  8. Hi,
    I shared a recipe for egg drop soup, an article about juicing and a juice recipe.

  9. That pie, that PIE! Oh, I want one! Thank you for sharing that and hosting this link-up!

    Compared to THAT PIE and all of the fabulous looking cakes and desserts shared so far this week, my links will look so, well, simple. They are easy alternatives to a couple of store-bought products: Chicken Nuggets and Blue Cheese Dressing.

  10. Thanks for the pecan pie recipe! It looks delicious...I wouldn't have thought of including orange zest!

  11. That is awesome that your brother made your Dad a pie, so adorable, it looks yummy.

    Have a great Tuesday!

  12. Oh man - wish I had a slice of that to go with my coffee! It's only my favorite pie EVER!

  13. omgosh! kill me now. pecan pie is my FAVORITE!!! and you gave the recipe step by step!!! im going to be so fat lol.

  14. Your joint effort was a success! How fun to bake with your little brother:)

  15. Mmm, that pie looks so good! What a special memory to create with your brother. He'll remember it forever :)

  16. Hey! Big fan of your blog and I love linking up my recipes and scoping out what others share each week. I would love to have you share your recipe with us at Kids in the Kitchen linky. We are all about kids helping in the kitchen and this is just too cute! You can share it here: http://younglivingoillady.com/home/kids-in-the-kitchen-link-up-week-7/
    Thanks so much!

  17. Alissa, Your brother is adorable! That pie looks sooo gooood!!! I don't dare make it, I live alone, and I'd eat it in a day and be sorry! I've never done pie crusts, so don't make pies. But I love pecan pie! Enjoy!

  18. I love ...Pecan Pie!

    Its my favorite Holiday Pie and all year pie!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  19. I work for Bass Pecan Company and every year they have a recipe contest where you can win $1000. You should check it out!! If you like baking with pecans this is perfect for you! Bass Recipe Blog


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