Monday, November 28, 2011

The Best Dessert. EVER.

This year, we hosted Thanksgiving. I was so excited to do so but so nervous! There was so much food to be prepped and cooked and I had the scary task of undertaking the pecan pie. This may seem silly to you, but for the entirety of my life, my mother has made THE best pecan pie ever. I had to live up to that standard. I was so scared. I wanted to bake it and then try it and if it was good, I would make another. Well with us trying to get completely settled before Thanksgiving, I didn't have the opportunity to make a pie and try it. Thanksgiving morning was the only time I had to make the attempt. Needless to say it was amazing. My mom LOVED it - she liked it better than what she had made. Well low and behold, the recipe I used was one that she lost in a move ten years ago. So this was her original recipe from her grandmother =)

Pillsbury pie crust (in the refrigerated section)
1 cup Karo Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350
Over low heat, combine Karo and sugar in a small pot. Stir the mixture periodically until sugar has melted (I complete the next steps and by then the sugar has melted)
Roll out pie crust into a pie pan -- be sure to sprinkle a little flour into the bottom of the pie pan before you insert the pie crust. Also sprinkle a little flour onto the dough before adding the pie part.
Chop up pecans, until you have 1 cup; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat 3 eggs. Add sugar/syrup to eggs and mix together. Gradually mix in chopped pecans. Add 1 tsp vanilla and mix together. Pour pie mixture into pie crust. Bake 45-60 minutes; or when top is golden brown and the pie doesn't jiggle =)

This was SO YUMMY-LICIOUS that I made a SECOND pie Saturday afternoon and one at my parent's house for them Saturday night =)


Tami said...

Oh my- it looks amazing! I love pecan pie but I've never been brave enough to try to make it. Good job girl!

Michelle said...

I'm not a fan of pecans or any nuts but the way you rave about it... I'm sure it's amazing!

Nikki said...

If I liked Pecan pie .. I would be all over it! It looks good though!!

Carolyn said...


marie said...

Pecan pie is one of my favorites, I go for pie over cake any day. Beautiful wedding photos, I can see why you love them.

Emily said...

This looks so yummy! Yay for pulling it off-I can totally understand being nervous about that! Hope Thanksgiving at your new home was wonderful!

Faith said...

it looks delish!

would you believe me if i told you that i have never had pecan pie?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

It looks like you pulled off your Moms recipe perfectly! That looks so yummy! My mouth is literally watering...mmmm!

Lauren said...

I'm a newlywed too! I'm your newest follower! :) Love your blog!

Jessica and Stephan said...

Wow, that looks amazing!! Congrats to you on making it yourself! And yay for family recipes, they are always the best :)

AiringMyLaundry said...

That pie looks SO good. I love pecan pie.

Katie said...

Congrats on hosting Thanksgiving and making your first pecan pie! I also made my first pecan pie this year!

Unknown said...

Mmm Ashley it looks amazing!!! :-)

Fash Boulevard said...

omg, this looks amazing. I know how scary it can be taking on a family dish. So happy you were up to the challenge. It looks beyond delicious. thanks for sharing, love. If you get a second I'd love to hear what you think of my latest outfit. I shot it in front of Dee's house from Clueless. I'm sorta obsessed. lol. xo