As everyone knows you simply can't have Thanksgiving with out at least one Pecan Pie. However, they seems to come in all kind of mixtures, colors, solids, syrupy and so on...I try to eat a little of everyones recipes but when it comes to Pecan Pie I just can't swallow some of them. Now with my own pecan trees I can volunteer to make pecan pies because I am simply a nice person...Give my pie a try and let me know..it's a little different and requires a little more effort but what the heck..It's Thanksgiving !!
PIE CRUST:Measure flour and salt into a large bowl making a well in the middle. Put solid shortening in the well. Coat both hands well with flour. Being very careful not to touch the shortening, break up the shortening into chunks. IMPORTANT ~ Do Not let the heat of your hands melt the shortening. the least amount of contact the better.
With both hands work the shortening into the flour using a circular, rubbing motion, always keeping contact with the flour, not the shortening, picking up more flour and shortening as you go. Always keep the shortening in the middle of the flour. It should look like small peas, with the shortening being totally incorporated into the flour.
Pour 1/2 the water in, gathering it into a ball. Continue adding the water until it comes together in a soft ball of dough. You may need to add more or less water depending on the humidity. DO NOT knead the dough as in bread making.
Work the dough as little as you have to, just enough to keep it formed in a ball.
Divide the dough into 3 or 4 equal portions. Cover the dough and refrigerate it for later or use it now.
TO ROLL OUT CRUST : Take a hand full of flour sprinkle it on a counter top. Put the ball of dough in the middle of the flour.
Coat your rolling pin with flour. Start rolling the dough with the pin, turning the dough to get a round shape. This may take several passes over the dough, turning this way and that. Flip the dough over carefully, adding flour to the surface as needed. Finish rolling rolling on this side to make a circle 4" bigger than your pie pan.
Fold the dough in half, place it in the pan and unfold to fit. Trim if necessary but NOT too much. You want to have enough to fold the edges under.
Fold the edges under, turning the pan and pressing the edges as you go. Press the edges down with a fork to seal and give it a nice pattern. OR,,, crimp the edges using your thumb and fore finger of your left hand and the forefinger of your right hand, and go around the edge of the pie making a V shaped pattern, all the while keeping the edge slightly higher than the pan.
TOASTED PECANS: Always toast pecans before getting ready to make pie. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and toast in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. 10 to 12 minutes, stirring a few times until light brown and fragrant. Set aside and let cool.
PECAN PIE: Place the 1 1/2 cups of toasted pecans in the bottom of the 9" unbaked pie shell. Place the pie shell aside on a cookie sheet to prevent drips and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in a medium sauce pan on medium heat, turn off heat. Add sugar and stir until dissolved and pour into large mixing bowl. Mix well with whisk attachment.
Add corn syrup and mix again, Scrape.
Mix in vanilla extract and eggs, beating to mix well but not foamy.
Carefully pour batter over the pecans, being careful not to disturb them.
Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 60 minutes or until top is slightly browned and puffed up. This will fall during cooling.
This pie cuts best when it is chilled. Use a sharp knife.
Let cool completely before wrapping. Freezes well.