How to Make Pecan Pie

A perfect pecan pie is one of life's greatest pleasures. The ingredients are few and the instructions are almost embarrassingly easy -- but there's one secret that can make or break your pie. Read on to find out!

Enjoy perfectly baked pecan pie by watching for the center filling to puff and by doing the classic knife test. We'll show you how!

Perfect Pecan Pie

If you don't already know this secret for the best pecan pie, listen up. Hitting the right temperature for the perfect doneness can make or break your pecan pie recipe. The pie is ready for testing when the center begins to puff a bit. This is from the beaten eggs getting hot enough in the center to cook thoroughly and rise. Once this happens, give the pie a little shake. The puffy center should be cooked just enough to have a little structural integrity, but still have a jiggle in the middle. After you pull the pie from the oven, the residual heat should continue the cooking process just enough.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

1 recipe Pastry for Single-Crust Pie  3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup light-color corn syrup 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 1-1/3 cups pecan halves or chopped macadamia nuts

Step 2: Prepare Crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare and roll out Pastry for Single-Crust Pie. Line a 9-inch pie plate with the pastry circle and trim. Crimp edge as desired.

Step 3: Make Pecan Pie Filling

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, and vanilla; mix well. Stir in pecan halves.

Step 4: Bake

Pour the filling into the pastry-lined pie plate. To prevent overbrowning, cover edge of pie with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or until filling is puffed and appears set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill within 2 hours.

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