Caroline: It’s been so cold lately I’ve been really craving some Christmas time foods. I think the reversed seasons is still the weirdest thing about living far from home for me. It’s August and it feels like there should be Christmas music playing and eggnog in the grocery store….
I decided to make myself a pecan pie to soothe the homesickness.
Me and Kris recently got a great cookbook aptly called “The Great American Cookbook;” a revised edition of ‘How America Eats’ by Clementine Paddleford. Even the authors name screams Americana right?
It’s a great book that is divided up by states and their regional specialties.
Apparently Pecan Pie is a specialty from Georgia. Here is the recipe:
3 large eggs
2 tbs unsalted melted butter (I used salted, I like a bit of salty contrast in my sweets)
2 tbs all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup (I couldn’t find this in Tasmania but you can’t, use Golden syrup, which I did, or molasses in equal measure)
1/2 cup sugar (I did 1/4 c white sugar and 1/4 c brown sugar since golden syrup isn’t as dark a sweetener as I wanted)
8 inch pie crust (store bought or home made)
1 1/2 cups broken up pecans
Preheat oven to 220C or 425F
with electric blender beat eggs.
beat in melted butter, flour, salt, sugar, vanilla, and syrup. Set aside
(make you pie crust or whip out your store bought one)
dump all of the pecan pieces into the pie crust relatively evenly across the bottom
pour the mixture gently over the pecans (I thought this step was sort of weird at first but the pecans actually float up through the syrup to distribute themselves. GENIUS)
bake for 10 minutes
reduce heat to 165C or 325 F and bake for another 40 minutes
if you notice the top starting to brown too quickly you can cover it with foil
I also recommend placing pie tin on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper incase of any spillage
when done the center should be puffed and set but still a little wobbly
(I had to bake mine for an extra 15 minutes)
let cool so it firms up and enjoy! I had mine with a scoop of wattle seed and macadamia iceream.
Kris: What a treat! I’m a lucky man. As I have said it before, I am not a huge dessert eater, but the pecan pie was hard to resist. I l also had a bottle of Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot Barley Wine in the cupboard that I bought back from the States to enjoy with my slice of pie. It is brewed in Pennsylvania. It’s 11.1% and has a big sweet malt profile with dried fruit and fig flavours and aroma. It complimented the pecan pie perfectly and was a great treat on a chilly winters day.