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Classic Pecan Pie slice with a red handled fork

Classic Pecan Pie

This Classic Pecan Pie is a once a year indulgence for the holidays! Blind baking the crust and then baking the pie at a low temperature makes for the perfect filling texture!

Classic Pecan Pie in a red pie plate with pecan halves

Classic Pecan Pie

My Bourbon Pecan Pie is an adult version of this classic holiday dessert, but my childhood memories are of a booze free, old fashioned pecan pie. It was the ideal season to whip up another.

We had guests coming for dinner on Sunday night so it was a wonderful excuse to make a dessert that the picky hubby would not touch. Nuts? Nope. Another fake allergy he loves to offer as an excuse. He’d be a walking bundle of hives if everything he “claimed” to be allergic to was true. My guests loved it and even son #1 declared it a winner!

Classic Pecan Pie slice on a square white plate

Tips for Making a Classic Pecan Pie

I’ve made a number of different pecan pie recipes over the years, but I love all the tricks in the America’s Test Kitchen offers in their recipe. Plus, I had a couple of my own.

  • Blind bake the pie crust before adding the filling. Blind baking, or baking the shell alone, lets the bottom crust firm up so it doesn’t get soggy.
  • Line the top of the unbaked pie crust with non-stick foil, then add pie weights to help prevent the bottom from puffing up as it bakes. You can use dried beans instead of pie weights. Just purchase a bag of dried beans and designate them to be used just for baking pies.
  • Cook the custard in a double boiler to 130º. That will help keep the eggs from curdling and make a lovely textured filling. You’ll need a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  • Toast the nuts to bring out the natural oils and to enhance their flavor, then chop them. I toast them on a sheet pan at 350º for 5-7 minutes. Watch carefully so they do not burn, shaking the pan at the halfway point.
  • Once the pie is filled, it’s baked at a lower than normal temperature to create a perfectly cooked pie without a burnt crust!
  • The brown sugar amount is less than other pecan pie recipes, so the results aren’t an overly sweet dessert, though I can’t say a cloying pie would stop me from indulging!

Classic Pecan Pie in a red pie plate overhead view

Old Fashioned Pecan Pie Recipe

Though many folks try to avoid using corn syrup, it’s an integral part of this old fashioned pecan pie recipe. Using honey just wouldn’t be the same. This is not health food, but a holiday indulgence, so just go for it!

I also love the look of a classic pecan pie made with pecan halves instead of chopped nuts, but this version is easier to cut and eat with more bite sized pieces.

If you love pecan pie, you’ll be an instant fan of my Pecan Pie Cookies which are buttery thumbprint cookies with a pecan filling. Less work with the same delectable flavors! And for cookie exchanges or gifting, these Pecan Tassies are like mini pecan pies! I’ve had my eye on these Pecan Pie Blondies  and this Pecan Pie Fudge, too!

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Classic Pecan Pie slice with a red handled fork

Classic Pecan Pie

The classic pecan pie recipe filled with pecans, brown sugar, eggs and Karo syrup.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Dessert, Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

1 unbaked pie crust, homemade or store bought
6 tablespoons butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
¾ cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups whole pecans, toasted and chopped into small pieces

Instructions

Fit the pastry crust into a  9-inch pie plate and flute the edges.  Chill for about an hour or until firm. Prick the bottom sides of the shell with a fork, then line the crust with non-stick foil and add pie weights.* Return to the refrigerator while preheating oven to 400 degrees.

Bake for 15 minutes, then remove foil and pie weights and bake for 10 more minutes until shell is lightly browned. While crust is cooking, make the filling. Remove the pie crust and decrease oven temperature to 275 degrees.

Melt butter in a double boiler, keeping the water at a simmer.  Remove the top of the double boiler from the heat. Mix in the sugar and salt with wooden spoon until well combined and butter is absorbed. Beat in the eggs, then corn syrup and vanilla. Return the pan to the double boiler and stir until the mixture is shiny and warm to the touch, about 130 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in pecans.

Pour the pecan mixture into the warm pie crust and bake until the center is set, but still slightly soft, 50-60 minutes. Transfer pie to a cooling rack and cool completely before serving.

Notes

* I own ceramic pie weights, but you can also use dried beans or rice. Save to use again and again.

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

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9 comments on “Classic Pecan Pie”

  1. I’l have a large piece, warm and ala mode! It sounds amazing! Thanks for all your great tips! 

  2. A wonderful finish to any holiday meal! The texture looks great Liz – and the pie is beautiful. I wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas Liz! I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with family and friends and lots of delicious memories. Take care and Happy New Year!

  3. Lovely pie, dear! Happy holidays to you & family! xoxo

  4. Love pecan pie – and this one looks sensational. Merry Christmas Liz.

  5. It is truly one of my favorite pies, 2 cups of pecans is heaven. Toasting the nuts beforehand is a great tip. Merry Christmas!

  6. There’s nothing like pecan pie at the holidays – this classic looks so perfect!

  7. Yes, this is a classic pecan pie recipe. But all the tips assure me that it will be better than classic!

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  9. I’m hoping that our little Ava won’t have a nut allergy like her big sister so I can share a slice of this with her. definitely, a classic done right!

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