Pecan Pie with Mrs. Kostyra
As common as it is today, pecan pie is a relatively recent addition to the American table. No one knows exactly when it was invented, but since the 1940s -- when it was first popularized in "Joy of Cooking" and "The Fannie Farmer Cookbook" -- myriad pecan-pie recipes have emerged, including this sweet, rich version, brought to us by Martha's mother, Mrs. Kostyra.
- Yield: Makes one 9-inch pie
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 1/2 recipe Pate Brisee, or frozen store-bought pastry shell
- 2 1/2 cups pecan halves
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Whipped cream, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using homemade pate brisee, lightly dust a clean work surface with flour, and roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Fit circle into a 9-inch pie plate being careful not to stretch dough too thin; create edges of choice. Transfer to freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.
Coarsely chop 1 1/4 cups pecans; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine eggs and sugar. Whisk to combine. Add corn syrups and vanilla. Whisk until well combined. Add chopped pecans, and stir. Pour into prepared crust.
Arrange remaining 1 1/4 cups pecan halves decoratively on top of pie. Bake until crust is golden, filling is firm, and a cake tester inserted in center of pie comes out clean; 50 to 55 minutes. Cool completely before slicing. Serve with whipped cream.