Holiday Cooking: Papa’s Deadly Pecan Pie

pecan pie - public domain image

My Papa was an incredible cook.  At church suppers, the folks most often asked, “What did Miss Josie (my grandma Ninny) or Robert make?  Often, they could just give a scan of the food table and know: fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, fried okra, corn pudding, peach cobbler, crab cakes, coconut cake, and…pecan pie.

Unlike most of the recipes, Papa cooked his corn syrups and sugar together before stirring in the eggs. It made for a richer flavor and texture. He also used pecans from our own trees and lots of vanilla extract. He made his own flaky crust but you can use a pre-made one in your own fancy pie plate – deep dish.  Try to use the freshest pecans you can find and a good vanilla extract.  Put lots of love and quality in your cooking and you will never go wrong.

This is one of the dishes that always show up at one of my holiday meals. I hope it will become part of your holiday traditions. With love, from me to you.

Ho! Ho! Ho! どうぞめしあがれ Douzo meshiagare, y’all!

Papa’s Deadly Pecan Pie

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
4 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely broken
1 unbaked deep dish pie shell

Directions:
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.  At this point Papa would strain the mixture to make sure it’s smooth and lump free.   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.  Let cool before slicing.  I will place the pie on a cookie sheet in case of boiling over.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bernice
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 17:39:25

    Looks fabulous!!

    Reply

  2. SirenaTales
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 19:21:56

    This looks fabulous! How cool to hear some of your recollections along with the recipe. I wholeheartedly agree about those essential, priceless ingredients–quality and love. Yes! Thank you.

    Reply

  3. kanzensakura
    Dec 20, 2014 @ 13:40:00

    Reblogged this on kanzen sakura and commented:

    Speaking of food and memories of loved ones, here is the recipe for my father’s pecan pie. Love to you all and many blessings!

    Reply

  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Dec 20, 2014 @ 16:30:05

    This pie looks deadly AND a killer. Noted and filed. 😀

    Reply

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