Friday, December 4, 2009

Aunt Effie's Pecan Pie

I believe that most basic pecan pie recipes are about the same, but grandma made this pie for all holidays once Aunt Effie became part of the family functions. Of course, grandma made lots of pies as she made pumpkin, apple, cherry, mincemeat, and pecan.  Occasionally, she'd make a Chocolate Cream pie.
Pecan pie is a rich and gooey pie that is either loved or hated. It is too rich for my taste buds, but I make this pie several times a year as Bob loves it. I've made it for my neighbor before as a "thank you",  such as when she watched the five younger grandkids when my brother Scott passed away so we could all attend his memorial without worrying about small children. She is from Georgia and loves pecan pie.
Aunt Effie loved pecan pie, too, and this is the one that she always made.

Aunt Effie's Pecan Pie

1 cup dark Karo corn syrup
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 Tbls. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pecans
1 9" pie shell, unbaked

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix all ingredients well. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 30-35 minutes, till outer edges are set.
*Alice makes a similar pie. She mixes all ingredients except the pecans, which she arranges in a circle around the pie so that it is prettier and more professional looking.
**I have used half cup dark Karo and half cup light Karo before just for fun.

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