Old Fashioned Pecan Pie ~It’s impossible to go wrong with pecan pie. Especially one that is really loaded with nuts, has a little verve from orange zest, and isn’t overly sweet—exactly like the one here. Taking the time to track down new-crop pecans will push things right over the top. This pie is a must have at the Holiday table.
- Pastry dough
- ¾ stick unsalted butter
- 1¼ cups packed light brown sugar
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups pecan halves (1/2 pound)
- Accompaniment: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F with a baking sheet on middle rack.
- Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a ½-inch overhang. Fold overhang under and lightly press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes (or freeze 10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, zest, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture.
- Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them. Bake on hot baking sheet until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely.
- Pie can be baked 1 day ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving