I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. No traffic jams at the airport or on the roads. You made/ate the best turkey ever and the kitchen magically cleaned itself!
That was my wish anyway, not only for myself but for every American celebrating. On that note I want to share my pecan pie making secret with you. I don’t actually make a very good pecan pie — so I cheat a little…..
I discovered this wonderful product last year at christmas time. Pecan pie in a jar – what a fun concept! I purchased a couple of jars and proceeded to make the most delicious pies. My family and guests devoured them. At first I was going to take credit for the pie magnificence but…I am not a very good fibber and the guilt would have gotten to me so in the end I shared my secret with everyone at the table.
They were very understanding. Not everyone makes a good pie they said, baking isn’t for the faint of heart my sister chimed in. *Snort* I am a good baker, I just don’t make a good Pecan Pie! Geez, you would think I had no skills in the kitchen at all. (I am all about shortcuts in the kitchen as long as they do not detract from the finished product.)
The ingredients needed are few. To make 2 pies you need 4 eggs and 4 tablespoons melted butter.
Pre-made pie crusts if you have some available but if you prefer to make pie crust from scratch then by all means do.
Beat the eggs in a large bowl until they are just combined, then add in the melted butter and stir.
Pour in the contents of the pecan pie from the jar. The directions state to microwave the jar, lid off, for a minute or so to soften the contents and make it easier to pour out. This is a must as otherwise the sugar and pecans are so thick and sticky that they will never flow from the jar without the extra help from the microwave.
Stir it all together.
Pour equal parts into your pie crust(s).
Bake pies at 300 degrees for 50 minutes. To bake one pie only increase your baking time to 1 hr. 20 min. The pies puff up as they bake and fall a little when they are cooling. The directions state to let the pies cool for a minimum of 4 hours so they can set properly or overnight. If you do let it rest overnight be sure to warm up the slices before you serve them. Nothing worse than ice-cold pecan pie from the fridge.
The finished product, minus the tip that Morgan snatched off with his little fingers and ate. I love the snowman plate, just perfect size for dessert.
I found these plates at HomeGoods. There are three in the set and each has a different illustration. Snowman, Christmas Tree and Reindeer. So cute!