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Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
About one of the best pecan pies I think I've ever had. Recipe is from Martha Stewart. This is the only pecan pie recipe I make now. However, I have only made it with the Pate Brisee (pie dough)pie crust recipe which I have included, also from Martha Stewart, which is OHHHHH so YUMMY. (Pate brisee is the French version of classic pie or tart pastry. Pressing the dough into a disk rather than shaping it into a ball allows it to chill faster. This will also make the dough easier to roll out, and if you freeze it, it will thaw more quickly.) It does take a while to make but I think it makes a huge difference to use the pie crust from scratch. Some of the instructions might be a little confusing so please don't HESITATE to Zmail me. Note: I have always left out the decorative touches, not sure if this makes a difference or not.
- all-purpose flour, for dusting
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
- 1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Bourbon or 2 tablespoons dark rum
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups pecan halves
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- whipped cream (optional)
Pate Brisee (Pie Dough use 1/2 recipe)
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup ice water
- Making the pie dough ( makes 1 double-crust "or" 2 single-crust 9 to 10-in. pies) - In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.
- With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tbsp at a time.
- Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.
- Now -- making the pie -- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to a 9-inch pie tin, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under evenly. Using a paring knife, carefully cut out leaves from scraps of dough. Gently score leaves with the back of the knife to create veins. Place leaves on a baking sheet. Transfer lined pie tin and leaves to refrigerator. chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, butter, 4 whole eggs, corn syrup, maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla. Fold in half the pecan halves. Pour filling into pie shell; arrange remaining pecan halves on top of pie.
- Score the outer rim of pie. Beat 1 egg yolk, and brush over hatch marks. Adhere the leaves to the dough in a decorative pattern. Chill the pie for 30 minutes. Mix 2 tablespoons heavy cream with remaining egg yolk. Brush the egg glaze over the leaves, and transfer pie to the oven.
- Bake 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake until a knife tip comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.