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