Friday, October 22, 2010

tradition



This is one of my traditional seasonal favorites. I only make this one between October and December. It doesn't feel right eating it in any other time of year. I'm sure the reason I love this rich nuttiness so much, is because it makes my DNA tingle. Yadda-yadda, you say. What doesn't make my DNA tingle? The pecan has been used in our cooking since the Colonists met the Native Americans.  Not only was my maternal great-great grandmother was full blood Cherokee, but my paternal ancestors had, and their descendants still own, a pecan orchard on the Gulf Coast.

Bourbon Pecan Pie

3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp four
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp bourbon
1 1/2 Tbsp melted butter
1 3/4 cups pecans

Roll out your favorite pie crust and fill a 9 inch pie pan, crimping the edges.

Combine sugar, syrup, salt, flour, and eggs and mix on medium speed until well blended.  Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into shell.   Bake 350 for one hour and 15 minutes, or until toothpick tester comes clean.

75 comments:

  1. Okay, now that makes me want to get in the car and start driving. I should be there in about 5 days - please save me a piece. Funny, I did not taste pecan pie until I was in high school!

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  2. This is, hands down , my husband's favourite dessert.
    I have never made it from scratch,
    so thank you for what I know will be a good recipe.

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  3. What a superb recipe. I can quite see why you only make it at a certain time of the year because if I still lived in England I would think the same way. But we don't have that glorious late autumn early winter atmosphere here so rainy season will have to do. A must try.

    Your heritage is fascinating.

    Jeanette - I'll be there before you - I'm flying!

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  4. Well, this is a dessert that always undoes me. My favorite!

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  5. Yes, 'tis the season!

    As a child pecan (pea'-can) pie was one of the things I thought was worth the work. Picking up and shelling pecans, just enough for one pie, was a welcome chore.

    Cheers to your fall tradition, but if you want to step outside the box, a pecan pie with ice cream is a wonderful summer treat ;)

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  6. Yep, it's a seasonal treat for us too. So good and so easy! I like it with whipped cream.

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  7. Oh wow, that looks so good! I love pecan pie!

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  8. O.k. now you're talking my language thank you so much for your recipe. Now that I've eaten all the sausage, I can start on the pecans. I'm so glad my kids and husband don't like it. It's all MINE!

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  9. Yep, whipped cream is a must!

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  10. Oh dear lord...

    That looks so incredibly DELICIOUS--It makes MY DNA tingle just looking at it! LOL

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  11. Why do you torture me this way? I who cannot even boil water properly. Seeing my favorite pie. Sigh....cruel, cruel Willow.

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  12. so timely. I'm ready to take my harvest to the cracker.

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  13. Sounds like a southern pecan pie with the bourbon in it. Must taste wonderful! -- barbara

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  14. Willow, you are so extravagantly talented!

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  15. It is one of my favorite pies. Come to think of it, I've only had two kinds I wasn't fond of. Mincemeat and green grape.

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  16. My mother and her family never made pecan pie for some reaon or other...I guess they weren't popular in New England...so I don't have a family recipe...but I may claim this one as a family recipe!

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  17. Hmmm, cooking with bourbon? I'll take mine neat and maybe with ice if its a warm day!

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  18. The pie is like everything else at Willow Manor. Gorgeous, on the verge of decadent. What else would one expect?

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  19. I wonder if it would work with walnuts? I'll have to try.

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  20. I learned from Silver Fox that its your b'day today! happy Bday Willow. Will e see some cake up here?

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  21. This looks gorgeous! And definitely perfect for the cooler times.. I will have to wait until it stops being so unbelieveably hot here, before attempting this one! Stealing from Mmm's comment above - happy birthday to you!!

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  22. I'm a southern gal. I LOVE pecan pie! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  23. I've never tried pecan pie, but because I agree so much with Angelia Lister, I'm going to trust you and give it a try.

    The tingling of DNA reminds me of something you might say in your poetry...I think! Something of which is inexplicable but it somehow resonates with something hidden deep down.

    Actually, I don't know. I don't know why I like your poetry so much. I just can't find the words. It's definitely good but I don't know why, which is a touch frustrating because I always like to think I could give good reasons why I like or dislike something.
    Anyway...any pics or stories of your great-great grandmother?

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  24. Looks 'pecanilicious'! Reminds me of the south, too.

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  25. Good idea with the bourbon. I'll have to sneak some in for my father-in-law.

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  26. I'm not a fan of pecan pies, however this photo could seal the deal...YUMM...

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  27. Will, one "neat" slice coming right up!

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  28. Cro, I actually like walnuts better than pecans, but have never made this pie with them. I don't see why not. Let me know how you like it with walnuts.

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  29. Mmm and Karen, actually my birthday was Wednesday, but I'm celebrating all week! Thank you! xx

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  30. Ken, yes, I posted some time back on my Native American gg grandmother. Thanks for reminding me. I just added a link to the body of my post to direct you here:

    http://willowmanor.blogspot.com/2010/02/sepia-saturday-we-are-who-we-were.html

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  31. Looks delicious. All I could think of when I saw your title today was "Fidler on the Roof"

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  32. Pecan Pie brings back memories of my Mother. we used to pick the pecans, watch TV and crack them.
    That looks like Mamma's pie. Darn, I am on a diet and this looks so good. I copied the recipe for new years. My favorite pie is pecan and lemon Meringue.
    yvonne

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  33. This looks awesome! 2 Tbls. of bourbon? After I make this and some bourbon balls WHAT will I do with all that leftover bourbon? I see some Christmas cocktails in my future. I love pecan pie but the filling is SO sweet. I wonder if I could squeeze and extra cup of pecans in there.

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  34. I like the sound of that Bourbon! I've had a go at something similar; very rib sticking!

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  35. Shari, just cut down the sugar in the recipe for a less sweet version! I've made it less sweet and it is delicious.

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  36. Another irresistible picture...you are a master. And the recipe sounds delicious. Bourbon! Yes.

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  37. Pecan pie is my husband's favorite. Maybe I'll make this for him. Thanks for the recipe.

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  38. Yes, I'll give it a try, looks fab! Can't wait!

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  39. This has got to be divine...thanks for a fine bourbon pecan pie recipe...it's the best! You're right...only this time of year! I'm sure there's going to be a whole lot of pecan pie baking going on shortly!

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  40. Dear Willow, This Pecan Pie looks absolutely delicious but I shall have to enjoy it virtually. Pastry - not a hope- but the Bourbon is a possibility but in a glass!!

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  41. Willow,

    Yum! Why is it that the very best things seem to fit so perfectly in the fall and winter and not so much at other times of the year? I think there is something to that, perhaps they warm us just enough. I have two large black walnut trees in my back yard and I have never had the nuts hulled. Perhaps I should hmmm.

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  42. Pecan pie is one of my favorite foods of the season. I make mine with honey and molasses. It has a rich dark flavor that matches the meaty nut flavor of the pecans well.

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  43. I'm with The Clever Pup. Tevye lives! (That's the first thing I thought about when I saw the title, too.)

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  44. I am ready to sing the song from Fiddler on the Roof... "Tradition"... and then sit down and have scruptious piece of your delovely pe-kaan pie!
    :) The Bach

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  45. Just two tablespoons of bourbon, eh? That sounds and looks scrumptious. I haven't made a pecan pie in ages, but it's that time of year--I totally agree! You're making me salivate, Willow. Yum!

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  46. Pecan pie is just everything - cruchy, sweet, smooth salty...bliss.
    And yes, it feels right in the next few weeks.

    Thanks for this!

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  47. A belated happy birthday to Willow. Your pie looks wonderful, but I'll just have to look at the photo and drool, because I'm dieting again. Poop.

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  48. Dear God, that looks DELICIOUS! I have missed following you, Willow! Here's hoping that this unexpected down time will provide me a chance to get resituated.

    I hope all is well!

    Sarah Kopf
    thekopfblog.blogspot.com
    www.caringbridge.org/visit/coltons

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  49. I gained weight just looking at the photo of your pecan pie!

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  50. Love this one. I'm a sucker for having things in season and special recipes for special event. If we ate everything all the time, life would be so monotonous.

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  51. Arija, I so agree. Seasonal treats are extra special when only savored in their time.

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  52. Tevye. Oh yeah. Tradition! Let's dance!

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  53. "Tradition! Let's dance!"

    Yup; that gets my vote. Absolutely!

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  54. Oh, my favorite fall pie of them all!
    I will have to wait for Thanksgiving, though.
    Pecans are never fresh enough here and very expensive too. I sorely miss the supply of fresh pecans back on the East Coast! Please have a slice for me, will you, please? Thank you! :-)

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  55. P.S.: I always put a thin layer of dark chocolate at the bottom. Decadence .... ;-)

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  56. Looks like a Birthday Pie to me!
    Hope this week has been a celebration every day!

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  57. Hands down. My favorite pie. Ever. I add a nice dollop of homemade whipped cream.

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  58. Mmmmmm, my mouth longs for a piece of this pie with a lovely cup of coffee!!!

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  59. Thank you for this. It's beautiful.

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  60. This is such a great pie. My family LOVES it!

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  61. My mom and gram used to make these, sans bourbon. To me, they sing of fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

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  62. I checked out the link to the pecan store, and oh my, I will be ordering some things after we move. For sure we will be trying the syrup. Have you ever tasted pecan syrup? Wowza.

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  63. Not fair...the way you shape my life!! Must have this..NOW!

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  64. As the pie supplier for the Thanksgiving feast this year, I'm scouting for recipes and this one is such a nice twist on tradition. Thanks!!

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  65. yummm. I must make this for someone else as right now I cant eat any nuts.

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  66. Pecan pie...my absolute favorite! :) What a funny coincidence that I used the oct 1936 photo on your sidebar for Sepia Saturday! Great minds think alike. Tell Back and Cat hello!

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  67. Honest to goodness Willow...your recipes are going to make me weigh 500lbs!
    Baking this one tomorrow!

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  68. Sorry...so excited by this recipe I can only think in short sentences! Where is the pecan orchard? We go to the Gulf Coast in the winter...would love to seek your relatives out and shake a few trees!
    I'd never even heard of a pecan before moving to North America, but this recipe made something in me tingle too!

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  69. my grand mother made it too.
    it was so divine. yummy tummy yummy

    and you are right about this time of year being the only time to eat it.
    i feel the same way!!!

    xx

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  70. The picture of your father on Halloween delights me. And, oh this recipe. Thank you.

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  71. Yikes! I'm putting on weight just looking at it.

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  72. Believe me, Willow, this is a pie that can be eaten and enjoyed year-round. When I looked at the header photo, I said to myself that Willow must have come connection to the South. Reading on, I discovered that you do — the Gulf Coast, which is where I am from originally. If you serve the pecan pie at next year's Willow Manor ball, I will overcome any obstacle to be there.

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  73. Pecans are my favorite nuts. An old soldier, friend of mine, lived in Columbus, Georgia and owned a Pecan Orchard. And once a year, we got a box of pecans ready to eat. Wow. I like them on anything.

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  74. Thanks for posting this great recipe!

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  75. Looks so incredible and can only imagine how good it smells.

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