As easy as pie

So a few weeks ago I was invited to a Thanksgiving pot luck dinner and a pecan pie was requested. I looked for recipes and realised that they all called for corn syrup an ingredient that, even if I managed to find here in Madrid, would probably have been expensive and useless apart from the pecan pie making process.

I finally found a recipe that instead of corn syrup used ingredients that I could find – namely sugar, sugar and ..sugar! I found the recipe here and, after reading all the comments, decided to make it. With some tiny little tweaks that were for the best, it seems!

Here are the ingredients


the ingredients

And a pie pastry shell, of course. This time I was lazy and bought one from the store.

The oven must be at 160C.

What I then decided to do was, as someone had commented, melt the butter with the sugar and stir, stir, stir.


The batter

As soon as the butter was melted (not HOT, just barely melted on a low fire) I added the sugar and, off the fire, stirred. For a while. When it became a bit cooler I added the vanilla, the salt, the flour and the milk. As soon as it was cool enough for Boyfriend to keep his finger in it and not feel uncomfortable 🙂 I added the two eggs, quickly poured the batter in the pie and as quickly popped the pie in the oven ..


.. et voilà! 55mins later, more or less, out came the perfectly crunchy on top and gooey inside pecan pie!

The pie is done when it’s gooey only in the middle and starting to harden around the edges. 55 mins was about right both times I made it.



This is my second pecan pie, and since the pecans were leftover from the first one I didn’t really have any pretty ones to do the nice decoration with halves on top. However the first one had come out fine: unlike some comments on the original recipe that say that the halves sink, I didn’t find that this happened to me.

It’s easy, good and makes a great impression on guests or hosts!


About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

One comment

  1. Welcome to life as an american expat. We spend so much time looking for replacements for things like corn syrup (be glad it didn’t call for both light and dark corn syrup), graham crackers, etc.


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