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Southern Pecan Pie

Source: Burt Wolf's Travels and Traditions, Richmond
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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  5 Hours 40 Minutes
  Makes 6 servings
For the Dough:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled
About 2 tablespoons ice water
Flour for rolling out
Butter for greasing pie plate
For the Filling:
2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a food processor, combine the flour with the salt and sugar. Add the cold butter and shortening and pulse the machine 15 to 20 times or until the butter and shortening has been cut into the flour in pieces about the size of oatmeal flakes. Keeping the machine running, add the water and process, pulsing the machine on and off, for a few seconds longer or until the dough comes together. Transfer the dough to the counter and, if it is still dry, sprinkle it with a teaspoon or so of water and work the water into the dough; if the dough is too wet, dust the counter with flour and work it in. Flatten the dough into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight to relax the gluten and make sure the dough isn't tough.

Lightly butter a 9-inch pie plate, preferably made of oven-proof glass. Lightly flour the counter and the rolling pin and roll the dough into a 10-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Lift the dough into the prepared pie plate. With your thumb and index finger, pinch the edge of the dough at 1-inch intervals to create a fluted rim. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 325 degress F.

In a mixing bowl combine the pecans, butter, sugar, corn syrup, eggs and vanilla and pour the mixture into the pie plate. Set the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until the filling is set. Cool on a wire rack.

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Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 6 servings
Calories: 773
Fat. Total: 49g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 82g
Sodium: 278mg
% Cal. from Fat: 57%
Cholesterol: 139mg
Protein: 8g
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Rating: 2
by: Kimberly, OR Reviewed: 07/09/2008
This is not Southern Pecan Pie; at least not the kind that we made in Georgia and Alabama. The secret of Southern Pecan Pie is in the syrup and light corn syrup is not it. This is good pie, but not the pie I remember from my Southern roots.
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