Browsing through my recipes this morning, I was undecided about which to share, but in honor of Thanksgiving, and my pie-loving family, I think my recipe for Pecan Pie will fit the bill.
I start with my mother-in-law's pie crust. Since I could not cook when DH and I were married, my MIL and my mom get credit for the fact that I can cook at all today. Both of them are wonderful cooks.
This pie crust does not use cold water, as many do, but I have made this crust literally thousands of times and it never fails to receive a standing ovation. (OK, not really, but hey ~anything's possible and it does get rave reviews.)
Granny's Pie Crust
2 C flour
1/3 C milk
2/3 C Mazola Corn Oil (DO NOT substitute. I don't know why ~ just don't. I speak from
experience. I keep this oil in the pantry just for this pie crust)
pinch of slat
*Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a fork until combined. This will make 2 crusts. Enough for 1 Apple or Cherry Pie or enough for 2 pies like a Pecan Pie.
Divide dough in two and roll out between waxed paper. I had to figure out this waxed paper trick on my own, but it makes getting the crust into the pie plates super easy. I spent many a time crying over my pie crust before I figured this out. My husband adored pie and I couldn't even make a simple homemade crust for him.
I felt like failure.
And no, my self-worth is not wrapped up in whether I can successfully make a pie crust or not.
1/2 C melted butter (no substitutes)
1 C packed, light brown sugar
1 C light corn syrup (Karo)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla (I use the pure extract)
1 1/2 C pecan halves
*Mix together butter, sugar, corn syrup, eggs, salt and vanilla. Blend in pecans. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350 and bake for about 40 minutes.
Now, I am not a big fan of Pecan Pie, but everyone else in the free world seems to be and I have made too many to count. Many a pie connoisseur (and cowboys are pie connoisseurs if ever there were any) has given this pie accolades (that's a good thing ~ it means high praise). I have heard that two men even claimed it was better than their Mom's. =D