The best pecan pie recipe is made with a secret ingredient that you have in your kitchen right now – browned butter!
This pecan pie is the best. I’ve made a lot of different pecan pie recipes in my day, and I love this one. You brown the butter a little on your stovetop before adding it to the egg and sugar mixture, and it makes the pie extra rich and caramel-y. If you want to add a few pecans to the top, they won’t sink to the bottom. Also, the filling won’t overflow the pie crust (I have a problem with that for some reason and it makes such a mess in my oven). It is delicious and the only pecan pie recipe you’ll need.
After writing a huge post all about pie crust, I wanted to share a few classic, simple, perfect-for-every-holiday pie recipes to go with it. You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust and this post is just that – all things pie! This really is the best pecan pie recipe and I hope you love it. You can find this recipe plus SEVEN other pie recipes in one post if you are still looking around for something that looks perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
There’s something magical about pulling a pie made from scratch out of the oven. It seems to take you back to a time when life was simpler and homemade pie was standard fare in American kitchens. Today, amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, taking time to make pie is almost therapeutic. It’s a slower process than opening a box of brownie mix, but there’s so much satisfaction in it. Butter, flour, and sugar are the building blocks of all things good, and making a homemade pie is a pretty great way to use them. Plan to take an afternoon to bake and you just might love how grounding the whole process is for you. And you’ll have a beautiful pie to enjoy after dinner or to share with friends, and that’s a pretty great reward, too.
Tips and Tricks for Making the BEST Pecan Pie Recipe
- The secret to this amazing pecan pie is the browned butter. Have no fear – it’s SO simple. You are really just heating up the butter on the stove until it’s browned. Just keep an eye on it so you don’t scorch it. You’ll be making browned butter for everything you do after this. It’s so good on veggies, meat, in cookies, and in just about any other place you use butter/melted butter.
- I have great luck buying reasonably priced pecans at Costco. The bag is large (because Costco…) but I can use them in pie, date bites, granola bars, oatmeal energy bites, this lovely fall salad, or simply candied for a snack (that recipe uses maple syrup to candy them so it’s pretty healthy!). Long live the pecan.
- This recipe can be made a day or two ahead of time and left at room temperature until serving. That makes it a great option to prep ahead of time the week of Thanksgiving, leaving your oven and fridge open!
- It’s best to use a deep pie plate for this recipe. I recommend this one.
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The Best Pecan Pie Recipe
The perfect pecan pie recipe for all your baking needs. The secret? Browned butter!
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 50 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 8-10 servings
- 1 9-inch pie crust
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
- 2 cups pecans (plus extras to line the top, if desired)
- Prepare your pie crust and pop it in the fridge until you are ready. Use a deep 9 inch pie plate so that it doesn’t bubble over while cooking.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, salt, and ground cinnamon and whisk to combine well. Add the eggs and whisk until well combined.
- In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, melt the butter and then cook, stirring very often, until the butter starts to darken and smells fragrant, about 4-5 minutes (the butter will burn if you aren’t careful, so keep an eye on it).
- Slowly pour the brown butter into the sugar mixture while whisking until well-combined. Add the nuts (you can chop them up or not; I like mine chopped up a bit).
- Pour the pie filling into the prepared crust and line with additional pecans if desired.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes. The middle can jiggle just a bit, but should not be sloshy.
- Remove from the oven and allow the pie to cool before cutting and serving.
Best pecan pie recipe out there. Mark my words.
Blogging about pie makes me happy. We don’t have it super often but it’s a fun welcome treat this time of year. Long live the best pecan pie recipe ever. I can’t wait for you to try it!
Happy baking from my kitchen to yours!