The origin of the pecan pie is a perfect example of cultures coming together. It’s been said that this delicious treat was invented by French settlers in New Orleans, USA, after the local Native American tribes introduced them to the pecan nut. There are many guides out there to making sweet and tasty pecan pie, but if you’re looking for a healthier option without processed corn syrup, look no further than our upgraded all-American recipe below.
What you need
- For the pie filling
- 125g pecans, shelled and chopped
- 250g brown sugar
- 125g butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon plain flour
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For the pie crust (optional)
- 500g plain flour
- 350g butter
- 125ml water
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons sugar
How to make it
1. To save time, you can use a premade 23cm pie shell (unbaked). If you’d prefer to make your own, mix together the flour, butter and sugar from the pie crust ingredients list. Use a pastry blender to combine the ingredients until they reach a crumbly consistency.
2. Whisk your egg together with the water. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry until everything forms a consistent dough.
3. On a floured surface, roll your dough into a circle slightly larger than your pie pan, which should be 23cm (9in) in size. Gentle lift the crust into the pan and press it into place, trimming off the edges with a knife.
4. Next, preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius and begin mixing the pie filling.
5. Beat your eggs for a few minutes until they reach a foamy consistency. Then, stir in the sugar, flour, milk, vanilla and nuts and bring the mixture to an even consistency.
6. Pour the mixture into your unbaked pie crust and bake in your oven for 10 minutes. Then, reduce the temperature to 175 degrees Celsius and continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes.
7. Allow the pie to cool to room temperature so it can set completely. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.