This easy pecan pie is a recipe from my mother, now deceased, and has been in the family for over half a century. People always rave about it and say it’s the best they’ve ever had. And it’s my favorite dessert! Nice and firm, not gelatinous.
It’s really easy too. You can actually call it a no-brainer. Only takes about 15 minutes to put together, then bakes for about 50 minutes. You can make your own pie shell if you want to, or get one ready-made from the store. (I get one from the health food store, or natural food section).
Pecans Are Good For You!
They’re excellent for elderly nutrition. A study came out in 2006 by Nutrition Research that stated just a handful of pecans per day can help lower coronary heart disease, due to its high levels of antioxidants (one of the highest, in the nut food group), especially Vitamin E. Pecans also contain plant sterols, which help lower bad cholesterol, one of the common elderly issues with health.
Pecans have natural, good oils, as do many nuts. They’re best eaten unsalted, for optimal health. And they’re also high in many other vitamins and minerals. So our easy pecan pie is truly nutritious.
This healthy dessert recipe can be used in a traditional pie crust, or in those little mini party pie crusts cups. So it’s great for parties and receptions too. I like to make the mini version for bridal and baby showers. It will be a hit!
1 unbaked pie shell (I prefer the deep kind)
1/4 tsp salt
2 teaspoons molasses
1/3 melted butter
1 cup pure maple syrup
Pecan halves: 1 to 1 ½ cups
Preparation time: About 15 minutes.
Before I put the ingredients into my pie crust, I put the crust and pan on top of either a cookie sheet or a drip pan first. The pie not only may drip (and burn) while baking, but it really helps to have something substantial to support the pie, as it is very liquidy and can spill until baked.
Beat together all of the ingredients, except the pecans, very thoroughly. When completely mixed, add in the pecans, stirring them in well. Then put the mixture into your pie crust, (with cookie sheet or drip pan under it). Now it’s ready to bake.
Oven temp: 350 degrees Fahrenheit – First preheat your oven.
Bake time: About 50 minutes, or when fork comes out clean.
This wonderful and easy pecan pie is excellent any time of the year (not just holidays). Surprise your family and friends – if they like pecan pie, they will love this!
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