Pecan Pie

This is our family’s classic pecan pie recipe, inspired by my grandmother.

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My Grandma Ebright was many things…

She was the faithful wife of a Kansas wheat farmer for sixty years, proud mother of five, and involved grandmother of thirteen.

She was a lover of singing, and insisted that anyone born or married in her family learn how to do so loudly, in four-part harmony, and with smiles, especially while caroling nursing homes together each Christmas.

She was a voracious reader, flying through nearly a book a day in her later years and then eagerly passing them along to her friends and family, although she prided herself on always reading the last page first.

She was a hard worker, graduating early and completing a degree so that she could teach in a 1-room rural schoolhouse, then picking up to help serve in WWII, then running a farm for decades while raising five kids on a shoestring budget, then later being a faithful caretaker for my grandpa with Alzheimer’s in the last years of his life.

She was a writer as well and officially published her first book in her eighties, although my favorite writings were the pages upon pages of handwritten letters that she faithfully mailed to each of her grandkids every few months.

She was sharp as a tack, and was a fierce believer in raising her family — especially the daughters and granddaughters — to appreciate and seek intelligence.

She was a matchmaker, and never passed up the opportunity to introduce herself to an attractive stranger in hopes that they might be the perfect match for one of her grandkids.

She was o-pin-ion-ated, for better and worse, and never resisted a moment to share her thoughts (even if whispering a little too loudly in church about a lady’s purple hair).

She was a firecracker.  She was thoughtful.  She was stubborn.  She was giving.  She was hilarious.  She was creative.  She was loyal.  She was my grandma.

And she was an expert baker of pecan pie.

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Actually, of the many things she was, my grandma would be the first to tell you that she did not consider herself a cook.  She would much rather be spending time with people than “couped up” in the kitchen.  So she was a big fan of treating our extended family to the local Pizza Hut or a round of chocolate-dipped cones at Dairy Queen.

But when we did all gather together to eat at home, she knew how to rock a huge batch of chicken and noodles, salty and butter sweet corn, “chip chocolate” cookies, and some good ol’ fashioned homemade pecan pie.

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Her homemade pecan pies (pronounced peh-cahn, in Kansas) were classic — sweet, simple and overflowing with buttered pecans.

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And they were always meant for sharing.

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So it seemed only fitting that for my first week of really teaching myself how to bake pies, I begin with the first pie I ever knew — Grandma’s Pecan Pie.

I did brown the butter to give this version an extra nuttier, delicious flavor.  And I’m pretty sure my grandma would have cracked up at me taking the extra time to line the top of the pecan pie with extra pecans.  (Yes, I was the picky-eating granddaughter who used to always prefer playing with my food, rather than actually eating it.)

But I’m pretty sure she would have been proud, and even happier to know that this one was shared with a bunch of people I really love.

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So Grandma, this one’s for you.  Love you!  :)

Grandma + Cousins

My grandma, cousins and me in 2009.  Tiny lady.  Big heart.

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Pecan Pie

The best pecan pie recipe…according to my grandma. :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 9-inch pie crust, partially pre-baked (learn more in this post on How To Make A Pie Crust)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 2 cups pecan halves (plus extras to line the top, if desired)

Directions:

  1. Partially pre-bake a pie crust in a 9-inch pie pan according to its instructions, then heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, salt and cinnamon; add eggs and whisk until smooth.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until the butter turns brown and fragrant. Slowly pour butter into the sugar mixture, and whisk to combine. Chop the pecans, then stir them into the butter and sugar mixture until combined.  Then pour the entire filling into the prepared pie crust. If desired, line the top of the filling with extra pecans.
  4. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until the filling is set.  And by “set”, I mean that the filling will probably be slightly jiggly, but not too sloshy.  If it’s too sloshy, don’t hesitate to add it back in for another 10-20 minutes (for some reason, baking times can be very different with pecan pies). If the edges of the crust begin to turn too brown, briefly remove the pie from the oven and cover the crust with a pie crust shield or loosely wrap with aluminum foil, then return to the oven. Once the filling is set, remove the pie and let cool completely on cooling rack, 3 to 4 hours, before slicing.

*If you would rather not use corn syrup, feel free to substitute 1/2 cup packed brown sugar.  OR, in recent years, I’ve also really liked using 1 cup packed brown sugar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar.  Up to you!

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222 comments on “Pecan Pie”

  1. While reading your story a tear ran down my face. Your family sounds like a family that my heart has always long for. Thanks for sharing not only a wonderful Pecan Pie recipe but a glimpse of what a real family is like. Keep cooking and cherishing those wonder family memories. Most important keep sharing your heart, to those of us that long for a peck inside a window, to get a view of what it would of been like to have a loving grandma Ebright. So this Thanksgiving make some more memories, eat some good food and thank God for your many blessings !

  2. I just finished baking this– exactly as the recipe called for— and I cannot get it to set up! It’s runny! What did I do wrong? :-(

  3. i tried making this pie today, but the middle got all puffed up on me :( anyone got any helpful tips?

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  7. Every year at Thanksgiving I try and make a yummy pecan pie, since it is my husbands favorite. Every year I make a good pecan pie but this year I made a GREAT pecan pie thanks to finding your recipe. I didn’t like the idea of putting dry pecans on the top to decorate so I reserved a little of the filling in my bowl and added pecan halves to it and then decorated the top. Absolutely yummy and beautiful and the only pecan pie I will make for Thanksgiving from now on.

    • I dont think its really necessary to leave a comment about how you didnt like the particulars of their receipe, on someones page, especially when that someone is fondly rememebering a “RECEIPE” that they’re now deceased grandmother made them growing up! You could have simply left that part out and said what you added to the pie, not “I didnt like the dry pecans on top”… thats utterly ridicuoulsoly rude!

    • Considering that this recipe comes up near the top of a google search for “Pecan Pie Recipe”, one would think some discussion of the recipes particulars would be welcome.

      Or should we all pretend the recipe is fine and dandy as is even if it is not just because the poster included a personal story above? The post is entitled “Best Pecan Pie Recipe” – I think it was rude for the poster to waste my time making me scroll past such a story to get to what I came for – a damn fine pecan pie recipe.

      Is it really necessary to stunt useful discussion just because your heartstrings got pulled on?

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  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of your grandmother. It made me warm and nostalgic thinking of all the wonderful times I spent with my Mom who instilled a love of cooking and baking. I will be trying your cherished recipe soon.

  10. Thank you for the Pecan Pie recipe. Made with lots of love as we gathered around our dinning room table for Thanksgiving. We had friends and family to share so many stories and good warm food with. Now as I’m a grandmother I hope to give my own recipes to my own family along with love of the singing, stories, and cooking with my loved ones.

  11. Hi,

    I love pecan pie and this is the second time making this pie cooking them both 60 min and I still can’t get it to set in the middle. I don’t understand why. It’s taste amazing but it’s the form I’m looking for. Any advice?

    Samantha

  12. This is one of the best pies I have made or tasted

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  14. I made this pie for thanksgiving and so many people loved it actually everybody which is significant judging by the size of my family but everybody wanted me to make it for Christmas even people on my other side of the family who didn’t even have it but heard so much about it so now i’m making about 3 or 4 more of them. for thanksgiving we normally only make 2 pies apple and pumpkin and those are always ate as fast as they came out but this year they were second choice
    So thanks for the great recipe.

  15. Pecan pie has been a favorite of the family for generations… originating from the Texas family members. Pecan is pronouced the same
    way you do, not PEA – CAN !!!
    GREAT RECIPE that you are sharing.

  16. Hi, I loved your filling, it was a big success here at home. I put a little maple syrup in the light corn syrup, which adds aroma and made my own pie crust (flour, butter, sugar). Thanks!!

  17. Two pies in the oven right now!!! Can’t wait to taste them! My grandmother was also the one who made me love pecan pie. She always made them for Christmas dinner. This is our second Christmas without her. Unfortunately, when she passed and my family raided her house, the recipe was lost. So, I’m using your grandmothers recipe, but thinking of my grandmother.

    • The pies turned out fantastic!!! I doubled the recipe and it easily made three pies! I lower the temp to 325 and baked them for 60 minutes since there were three. I will be keeping and using the recipe again! Thank you!

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  21. Amazing! The boyfriend wanted a specific brand of pie for his birthday and when I couldn’t find it I chose this recipe. He actually said he was glad I didn’t find it in the stores, because this pie kills it!

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  25. Did you use a deep dish 9inch pie pan?

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  27. I can’t get over how beautiful this pie is!  I love that you browned the butter.  Yum.

  28. This is THE MOST GORGEOUS Pecan Pie I have ever seen! Damn girl, you good!

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  31. i am going to attempt to make grandmas pecan pie.

  32. Hi Ali!
    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pie. I have made it and am currently waiting for it to bake in the oven! It smells great and I can’t wait to share a photo of it with you when it’s done :)
    Not the healthiest of desserts but it’s something that’s definitely worth having once in a whole. Especially if it’s made from scratch and with love ;)
    Alice x

  33. This seriously the best pecan pie recipe I’ve ever had! I’ve been making pecan pie for years it’s my husband favorite pie usually he’s the only one who eats it. Well not anymore this recipe is awesome he will have to share now thank you so much for sharing your grandmothers recipe.

  34. My only question is I would like to can this and give it out for gifts…can that be done?

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  36. I bake a lot of pies and was searching for a good pecan pie. I had never made any before I tried other recipes, tried to tweek them to fit my pie tins, 2 egg 3 egg recipes. One pie was too runny, one was too hard. I came across this recipe that had 4 eggs in it and thought “this will fit my pie crust good”. Also I loved the picture of the family and your grandma. It reminded me of my own mom whom I lost just 3 years ago. She was quite a baker also. Well, I am happy to say this pie turns out wonderful. I love all the details you give about baking the pecan pie. I have had many compliments and one man said “This is the best pecan pie I have ever tasted.” That made me feel good and wanted you to know also. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and story about Grandma. :-)

    • Hey Judith, thank you for sharing this with me. I’m so happy this pie worked out for you, and that this post made you happy! This made my day. : )

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  40. I believe the best pecan pie is made with molasses and real maple syrup

  41. Hi, 
    I want to make mini individual pies using your recipe. Any changes to the baking time and prebaking of the crust I should be careful of? Looking forward to trying a Pecan Pie for the first time ever!
    Thanks,
    Chavi 

    • Hey Chavi! What a cute idea! The mini pies don’t need to be par-baked. Make sure you chill the pie dough (after making it, as well as after forming your mini pies, without the filling of course). 30 minutes in the fridge each time should be good. Then you can add the filling, and bake them at 350 for about 20 minutes (then rotate them, and bake for about 5-10 minutes more, until they are nicely brown the the filling is set – just ever so slightly jiggly). I hope this makes sense and is helpful! Enjoy!

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  43. Heartwarming story & great recipe! Very similar to my Mom’s except she likes to sprinkle a few drops of bourbon on top at the end lol.

    • Thanks, Amy! And bourbon is ALWAYS a good idea. Especially in pie, and really especially in pecan pie. : D

  44. that is one of the prettiest pecan pies I’ve seen and I’ve seen a lot . My mom who is 75 has made them as long as I can remember and I’m 57. I’ve made a few but we’ve never put cinnamon in ours I’ll have to try it out. Thanks for sharing. 

    • Aww, thank you, Kathy! Pecan pies are one of our all-time favorites. We hope you enjoy the recipe!

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  46. Just given 20 kilos  pecans. Im a typical bush country cook but iv never made a pecan pie. So here goes its just not fair when you love cooking and entertaining snd your a bit overweight! Maybe a lot overweight. Is there anything elsi I can do with these nut thanks from caniaba lismire nsw australia

    • Hi Glenda! Wow, that’s a lot of pecans! We love toasting pecans and adding them to oatmeal, salads, yogurt, etc. We also love putting them in homemade granola. You could also make some energy bites with them (check out some of our recipes)! We hope this helps – cheers!

  47. I think this is the prettiest pecan pie I’ve ever seen! Looks so yummy. One tip on crusts (loved your article )- if you use white vinegar instead of vodka, it serves the same purpose, and leaves no scent or taste . I’ve been doing this for years and it makes a very tasty and foolproof crust.
    Thank you!

    • Thank you Linda, what a nice compliment! Also, thanks for your tip! We hope you enjoy the pie!

  48. Thank you for sharing this story about your grandmother. It made me think of my own grandma that I love and miss very much. My grandma made an awesome pie crust and I was looking for a good Thanksgiving pie to make with her crust recipe. I’ll be using your recipe and think of your grandmother and mine when my family gathers to enjoy it! :)

    • Aww we’re glad to hear you enjoyed reading this post Deirdre. And we hope you and your family enjoy the recipe! We can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

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