Baking has never been my forte, I find it to be too systematic. But every once in a while, I come across a stellar recipe and it piques my interest. My mom has always been a fabulous baker, but she’s especially known for her pies. She always adds that little extra something to make it outstanding. I’ve decided to share a recipe for pecan pie that she made for Easter this year.
Yields: 8 Servings
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons cold water
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped (leave a few whole)
1 dash cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350-degrees.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar and mix with a whisk. Continue by adding the oil, mix well. Then add two tablespoons of cold water, mix again. At this point you can press the dough into the buttered (9-inch) pie dish (this creates a nice rustic look).
In another medium bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with a hand mixer for two minutes until it’s an even consistency. Continue by adding the corn syrup and vanilla and beat this for another minute. Whip the chopped pecans into this mixture. Pour this mixture into the pie shell. Place a few of the whole pecans and a dash of cinnamon on the pie top for aesthetics.
Put the pie into the oven for forty five minutes uncovered. Then cover the pie with aluminum foil (so that it doesn’t burn on the top), and continue to cook it for another five minutes. Pierce the pie with a sharp knife and if it comes out clean, then remove it from the oven- if not, place it in the oven for another few minutes.