Sundays With Sandy: Browned Butter Pecan Pie Recipe
Ahhh. Warm memories of the holidays paired with crisp fall weather. I have such vivid recollections of making pecan pies with Mom for Thanksgiving. We had two big pecan trees in our backyard. Come October, the pecans would begin to drop, and we would spend Saturday mornings picking up the harvest. We would bring the pecans inside and place them in a wooden box near the fireplace to dry. During the week of Thanksgiving, we would crack pecans while we watched TV shows. While the nutcrackers did their job by cracking the nuts, the most difficult part was removing the shells. My fingers would always get so sore, but it was worth the end result.
I have made one change along the way to our original family recipe — the secret ingredient that makes this pie superior to all others — brown the butter!
Browned Butter Pecan Pie Recipe
1 stick butter, unsalted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark Karo syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup pecan halves
1 (9-inch) unbaked, deep-dish pie shell (Remember that it IS Thanksgiving. Don’t judge a person too harshly if they use a pre-made crust over homemade. Either one will work with this recipe.)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in saucepan until golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar, syrup, salt, vanilla and cooled butter. Add chopped pecans and mix well. Pour into pie shell.
Place pecan halves on top in a pattern or randomly. Place pie on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees Reduce heat to 325 degrees, and lightly cover pie with aluminum foil. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until filling is slightly jiggly.
Turn off oven, and let pie rest in oven for 10 minutes with the door closed.
Remove from oven and let pie cool for two hours on the countertop before serving.
Last year, Sandy Bradley was named The Greatest Baker in an international competition involving more than 20,000 entrants. Each month, she shares some of the magic behind her crown with AY About You. Find her on Facebook.