Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gramma's Pecan Pie

One of my favorite things to make at Thanksgiving is pecan pie. This year my parents were here for Thanksgiving, and my mom helped Adelaide and me make pecan pie. The recipe comes from my Gramma (my mom’s mother), and we believe that she got the recipe from her mother-in-law. We don’t know how far back this recipe goes, but it has been used for many, many years!

I grew up in the South, and I have tried plenty of pecan pies over the years, but this particular recipe is my favorite. It has been a favorite of our guests as well when my mom or I have served this pie in our homes on numerous occasions. Two years ago I entered this pie in our county fair, and was so excited when it received a purple ribbon!

Today I would like to share the recipe with you! If you are looking for a good pie recipe for Christmas this year (or Thanksgiving next year), I recommend this one. :)

Pecan Pie Ingredients: 
1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1/3 tsp. salt
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 whole eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 9-inch deep dish pie shell  

Combine ingredients in bowl. Pour into deep dish pie shell. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. 
Pie is fully cooked when the center of the pie no longer "jiggles" when you gently shake the pie pan. Let pie cool to room temperature before cutting and serving.

Pecan pies before baking

There are two important differences that my mom and I have noticed in this recipe as compared to some other pecan pie recipes we have seen. One is the butter. Pecan pie tastes so much better when it has butter in it! If you need a diary free pecan pie, you can substitute coconut oil.

The other important thing is finely chopped pecans. These pies might not look as pretty as pecan pies that have pecan halves beautifully arranged on the top, but finely chopping the pecans helps the flavor to spread throughout the pie.

Pecan pie fresh from the oven

We had three generations baking in the kitchen! Since we used Gramma's recipe, we had four generations contributing to these incredible pies!

What is your favorite holiday pie? If you try this pecan pie recipe sometime, I'd love to hear what you think!


  1. You have inspired me to make a pecan pie. I make one with brandy.

  2. Interesting! I've never seen a pecan pie recipe that called for brandy. It sounds yummy!

  3. Very similar to yours except 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/2 c white sugar, 1/2 c corn syrup and 2 tablespoons of brandy instead of the vanilla. I use 2 c pecan halves.


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