Pecan Pie Tips
Should you toast pecans for pecan pie?Toasting nuts
adds major flavor and texture to pecan pie. In this recipe, the nuts are toasted in butter to give them an even richer flavor. Be sure to keep an eye on them, though; burnt pecans will ruin your pie.
Do you need to blind bake the crust?
You don’t need to blind bake
the pie crust for this recipe. The pecan pie spends nearly an hour in the oven, giving it plenty of time to turn golden brown. And if you notice the edges of the crust browning too quickly, make an easy pie crust shield
Can you make pecan pie without corn syrup?
No corn syrup is required in this pecan pie recipe! Instead, we use maple syrup, which is less sweet. Maple syrup also adds more flavor to the pie—flavor that really complements the pecans and butter.
How do you temper the eggs in this pecan pie recipe?
You don’t want to scramble the eggs by adding them too quickly to the hot mixture. To prevent scrambling, add a touch of the hot pie filling to the eggs and whisk quickly (this is called tempering
), then add that back into mixing bowl. Be sure to keep whisking, whisking, whisking!
How can you tell when pecan pie is done?
Just like with cake, you can tell pecan pie is done with a simple toothpick test
. When your pecan pie is approaching the end of its baking time, insert a toothpick into the center of the pie. If it comes away clean, the pie is baked. If the toothpick is still gooey, let the pie bake a few more minutes.
Does pecan pie have to be refrigerated?
Once cooled, pecan pie should be kept in the refrigerator, per the USDA
. Pecan pie can be left at room temperature for serving for about two hours. After that, it’s best to store the pie back in the fridge. Cover to keep the pie fresh.
Can you freeze pecan pie?
Good news: You can freeze pecan pie. Bake your pie and let it cool completely on a wire rack. Once cooled, wrap the pie tightly in plastic wrap—two layers is best. Then, pop the pie in the freezer for up to a month. When you’re ready to enjoy the pie, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight or gently heat it up in a 300ºF oven for about 20 minutes. —Lisa Kaminski, Taste of Home Editor
1 piece: 695 calories, 49g fat (17g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 430mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.