Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Day After National Pie Day

Well, I really wanted to bake a pie yesterday since it was national pie day (according to the e-mail I received from "Paula Deen").  But, I just didn't ever get the chance too.  Well, today I decided to reward myself for spending 6 hours in the library with a little bit of kitchen time!  Finals are next week, and unfortunately for me, that means I get to live in the library for the next week.  On the up side, I will be out of school for 31 whole days beginning next Friday!!  wahooo!

My all time favorite dessert for forever has been pecan pie.  It is such a classic dessert, but I absolutely love it.  Maybe even more than ice cream, but just maybe.  So, in honor of National Pie Day and in thanks for Paula's reminder of that great holiday, I decided to actually make my first ever pecan pie.  Kinda sad that it's my favorite dessert and I have never even made it myself.  Anyway, I found a recipe on that was promised to be wonderful (according to reviews and such).  Unfortunately mine did not taste as good as I was hoping!  It's not that it was bad, it just wasn't good.  haha.  I think I will try another piece again today though.  I was so full from dinner last night but I really wanted to try the pie so I did anyways.  I just felt ill after eating a few bites, and even threw away my piece!  I know right... who am I?!?  But like I said I was full on Outback's blooming onion, blueberry martini, steak sandwich, and sweet potato fries.  One of my roommates is graduating next Monday so we went out together in celebration of was so fun!  

Okay, I am here to report that I just tried another piece of the pie and it was delicious!  I think my recommendation would be to let this pie set over night , and to also eat a small dinner before indulging yourself!  My roommates all agree, and as a result there are only 2 pieces of the pie left.  Phwew, for a minute there I thought I was a bad pie maker!  haha.    

Now that I know it is not a fluke or a bad recipe, here is what you'll need:

One box Jiffy Pie Crust mix
4 eggs
1 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 T unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
2-3 cups of pecans (your preference)
whip cream/ice cream for serving
The pie would normally have been made in a 9 inch pie plate, but I could not locate ours, so I just used this square Corningware dish instead.  It turned out working just fine!  Heat the oven to 375 F.  Simply whisk all of the ingredients together, except the pecans.  Once the egg mixture is blended well, simply stir in the pecans and add the filling to the crust.  Place the pie plate on a cookie sheet, and put it on the lowest oven rack.  Bake the pie for 50-60 minutes. 

I love brown sugar!!

At the end of today, I can say that I am pleased with this recipe and I hope you will give it a try for your holiday this year!  I am so ready to be home for the holidays and to share with you all of our decorations and yummy Christmas goodies we make each year!  Happy Saturday!  and Go Pokes!!

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