Pecan Pie

Fall is a great time for hot cocoa and home-baked pie. Pecan pie is a southern tradition, and surprisingly easy to bake. Or better yet, combine apples and pecans for a warm, tasty treat.

Pecans are rich in vitamins and minerals. Pecans contain magnesium, which helps lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of strokes. A one-ounce serving of pecans has 2.7 grams of fiber, which improves heart and digestive health.

Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 store-bought pie crust, either pastry or graham cracker
  • 2 cups pecan halves and pieces (works best with mostly halves)
  • 1/2 cup dark Karo Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Combine eggs and sugar. Beat well.
  2. Add syrup, melted butter, and salt.
  3. Place the pecans into an uncooked pie crust.
  4. Pour mixture over pecans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour. Pecans should rise to top and brown slightly.

For a recipe without the corn syrup, you might want to try this variation. Or for a decadent adult version, try bourbon chocolate pecan pie.

Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie:

Bake your favorite apple pie recipe. (If you don’t have a favorite, try this one.) Immediately after removing apple pie from the oven, drizzle with 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping. Sprinkle with 2 to 4 tablespoons chopped pecans.

You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to bake a pie. You deserve dessert. So bake a pie (or two, or three). Play with the recipe. Alter it to match your own tastes.

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