I can remember every holiday as a child, my grandmother would go outside and collect pecans off the ground and out of the pecan trees that we had on our property. Of course, being a child we always made a game out of picking pecans. I always tried to pick the most out of my two cousins that were there helping. I was the smallest out of us three, youngest as well. The part I hate about picking pecans is the shelling part. You had to use a special tool in order to get all of the bad parts away that was stuck on the inside of the pecans. Plus the shell was sometimes hard to crack.
My grandmother used to make several different things with the pecans, pecan candy, and her famous pecan pies. I don’t know how to make pecan candy, its a little difficult for me to make. So I just don’t make it at all. I do love to make pecan pies just as much as I love to eat it.
Pecan pie is basically made the same way throughout all of Louisiana. You can always double the recipe depending on how many pies you are trying to make. It’s really simple. The ingredient that actually makes the pie, besides the pecans, is the Karo syrup that is used. So yes, this is a very sweet dessert. Some people like to use either light Karo syrup while others use the dark Karo syrup. It all depends on your preference. I like to use dark Karo syrup.
This recipe is just for one pie. Like I have mentioned above, if you want to make more than one pie then just double the recipe.
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of dark Karo syrup
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- 1 cup of pecans
- 1 cup of butter
- pinch of salt
- 1 unbaked pie shell (deep dish)
As with any baking you do it is always important to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees before starting any mixing. So by the time you are done with the preparations the oven is hot enough to start cooking. Blend all the ingredients in a medium-size bowl. After blending everything together you will then pour the mixture into the pie shell. You will bake the pie for 1 1/2 hours in a 350-degree oven. When it is done you will remove it and let it cool. You can serve while it’s still hot or you can wait until it’s cool down. It is good to eat with a scoop of ice cream or with some whipped cream. This part is optional.