Lisa Selig's recipe for DeLuxe Pecan Pie

Lisa Selig's recipe for DeLuxe Pecan Pie

I know I may be the only person to ever say this, but I love the grocery store in the days preceeding Thanksgiving.

There's such a hustle and bustle, and I love to nosily peek at what's in other people's carts. (There's a reason I'm a reporter, after all.) And I was proven right this weekend: the kindness of strangers really comes out.

My mom, my sister and I were in front of the baking supplies, discussing how we were skipping pecan pie this year (a family staple) as my grandma's just not going to be able to make it this year.

I told them I'd like to try making a pecan pie, but they were skeptical.

That's when Lisa Selig of Mahomet joined the conversation, like a guardian Thanksgiving angel. She said she'd be happy to share her mother-in-law's recipe, which happens to call for blackstrap molasses. She emailed it to me soon after. I might have my grandma walk me through her recipe, but I'm excited to try Lisa's as well.

"She had it labelled as DeLuxe Pecan Pie," Lisa wrote. "I'm not sure of the source but it was always spelled with the capital D and L in DeLuxe. Enjoy!"

DeLuxe Pecan Pie
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 heaping tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 1/2 cup coarsely broken pecans, toasted (key to the recipe and Lisa said she often uses close to 2 cups, or as many as she can mix in)

Toast pecans in 300 degree oven, stirring often for 20 minutes or so until golden brown. Watch carefully, they tend to go from perfectly toasted to burned quickly. While pecans are toasting, prepare crust using either your own recipe or prepackaged crust. Blind bake the crust for 15 minute or so to help prevent seepage.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix eggs with syrup, molasses, salt, vanilla, flour, sugar and butter. Add pecans. Pour into shell.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30 to 35 minutes. Pie is done when you jiggle it and it appears set. Cool.


Photo from this Flickr page.

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