Easy Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a favorite of mine, even before we moved to the States.  I love all types of nuts so a sugary, nutty pastry delight called my name from a young age.  I must admit I have usually purchased this pie piece by glorious piece and had never tried to make it but no longer my friends. This recipe is a winner and is perfect for a picnic if you can take it in it’s dish. Delicious with cream, yogurt or sour cream.

Pecan Pie
  • 1 x Pie pastry (either bought or home made) line and parbake pie dish – usually 400F for 7-10 mins making sure you use baking paper and pastry weights to hold down the pastry – do not brown
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup golden syrup ( available here at Amazon or at World Market – see note)
  • 1 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans ( mixed sized pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cup whole pecans ( best to do more than needed so your design is not half finished)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla essence
  • splash of whiskey, rum or bourbon if that’s your thing
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Heat oven to 350 F

Lightly toast  your pecans pieces (1 1/4 cups) by dry frying in a large non stick frying pan being very careful to keep moving them and DO NOT BURN. 5-6 mins but be careful!

Place sugar, butter, golden syrup and salt in pan and simmer over a med heat for 2 mins stirring all the time.  Remove from heat and add the toasted chopped pecans pieces  (1 1/4 cup), vanilla, liquor, vinegar and set aside to cool for minimum of 15 mins. After cool add one egg in at a time and beat well after each.

Pour the filling into your par-baked pastry shell and then go about decorating the top using the whole pecans.

Bake for 45 mins, edges will be firm and middle will be set but may still wobble slightly, you may need to cover the pie edge crust with a tinfoil or a protector if it gets too brown too early

NOTE:  This recipe calls for Golden Syrup, a very popular sugar syrup throughout most Commonwealth countries.  This is to replace the usual corn syrup component to this dish as it has become an unpopular ingredient lately. However, the tinned versions available on Amazon may be thicker than the bottled dessert version from World Market so as I only had the dessert version to hand I did add 2 Tablespoons of corn syrup to firm things up a bit.