Monday, December 14, 2009

Mama’s Pecan Pies

Pecan Pies

This is my grandmother’s recipe. It’s perfect. It’s special. And it makes three pecan pies. It will also make three recipients very happy. That’s why she made them every year at Christmas. To share them. But she wouldn’t just make three, she would make many. She was known to make as many as thirty in one day. My uncle now makes her pies. He makes them for the same reason. To share. To spend time with friends and family. To remember her with his brother and sister. To carry on his mama’s memory. And for the past several years, we’ve made them together.

You know, when my grandmother, my granny as I called her, was here with us, I don’t think I ever tasted one of her pies. Not once on all of the Christmases we spent together. I wouldn’t eat anything with nuts back then. It had to be chocolate. I was way too picky. And now, her pie is one of my favorites. How I wish I could go back and have a piece with her and talk to her… find out more about her life… from her. I know now that she was much more than a grandmother. Than a title. Than a job description.

Before she was ever my grandmother, she was a person with a life full of feelings and experiences to share. I wish I had asked her about them. I miss her.

Granny

I’d also ask her about this top. Wow… Granny!

Alrighty then… let the sharing begin. Mama’s pecan pies as demonstrated by my uncle.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

parkay

To get started, cut up two sticks of margarine and melt in the microwave. Set aside to cool.

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You’ll need a pound of pecans. Good pecans. My uncle likes these from Stone Mountain Pecan Company. Sort through them and make sure you don’t have any doohickies in the pecans.

preparing

And by doohickies, I mean the dark pieces that can get stuck in the crevice of the pecan. You will want to remove them because they can give off a bitter taste.

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In a large bowl, add a pound of light brown sugar and work out any lumps.

Add a heaping tablespoon of self-rising flour to the sugar and stir until the flour disappears.

Add a 16 oz. bottle of light corn syrup.

Vanilla

Then, add a tablespoon of imitation vanilla.

pie mixture

Stir that all together until blended and smooth.

Melted Butter

Add the melted margarine. By now it’s had time to cool. Fold it in very slowly or it will splatter. Keep folding until it is completely incorporated into the mixture.

Yolks

Crack open six eggs. But see those white things attached to the yolks. Yeah, those squiggly things. My granny called them roosters.

Roosters

Remove all the roosters. If you don’t, they will make shiny spots on the surface of the pie. When the roosters are removed, give a quick stir to the eggs and pour them in the pie mixture.

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Then, fold the eggs into the mixture until thoroughly combined and the egg disappears. Finally add all of the pecans and stir to make sure they all get coated.

Pie crusts

Now, right before baking, remove three frozen pie crusts from the freezer. Very important… use regular size, not deep-dish.

Preparing

Yes, frozen. They’ll be great. Especially when you are making dozens of pies. Make sure you don’t have any cracks in the shells or else the mixture will seep under the pie crust and you don’t want that to happen. But, if they do have cracks, let them thaw and knead the dough together and refreeze until ready to use.

Pouring

Pour the mixture into the pie crusts. Focus on getting the liquid amount right first.

Pecan pies

Then, try to make sure you have the same amount of pecans in each pie. See the bowl, you’ll probably have just a little bit of mixture left over. That’s ok. Gently test the the surface of the pies with your spoon and you’ll be able to tell if one has more than the other. If it does, transfer some of the pecans from one pie to the other.

Into the oven

CAREFULLY place the pies in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Baking

They’ll puff up a little towards the end right before they are finished baking. You can also leave them in a little longer for a darker color if you like. Watch them though. It won’t take long.

Pecan Pies

Then remove and let cool on a wire rack for a few hours to set up. Oh my.

Hot pecan pie

Or if you just can’t wait for them to cool and set up, enjoy a warm pie right out of the oven. Hey, you do have three.

You can also refrigerate them. Yes, I love my pecan pie cold. I like to cut a piece and hold it like a brownie… no forks. Yum!

Or … instead of three pies… you can make 33 little pies.

Mini Pies

Miniature Pies. Seriously, how could I resist.

Chopped pecans

Follow all the same instructions above, except chop your pecans up first.

Mini Pecan Pies

And use miniature pie shells with aluminum bottoms. These come eight to a box. Place them on a large baking sheet and fill the shells just to the top with your pecan pie mixture.

Baking

And bake at 350 for about 35 minutes. Actually, don’t bake them like this. We were in a hurry towards the end of the night and decided to bake them all at one time against our better judgment. They’ll do better and bake more evenly if you work in batches. Only unwrap about 12 crusts at at time from the freezer and bake for about 35 minutes. I’m guessing on the time here since we didn’t do it this way, so watch them and make sure they are done.

Mini Pies

Oh yeah!

Mini Pies

When they are cool, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and put a tiny tiny bow on top. That’s how my granny did it with her pies.

Simple and sweet.

Now, here’s the recipe, listed with the brands she liked to use if you want to make it exactly.

Mama’s Pecan Pies
Makes 3 pies or about 33 mini pies

16 oz. pecans (Stone Mountain Pecan Company)
2 sticks margarine (Parkay)
16 oz. package light brown sugar (Domino or Dixie Crystals)
1 heaping tablespoon (serving tablespoon, not measuring spoon) self-rising flour (White Lily)
16 oz. bottle light corn syrup (Karo)
1 tablespoon (serving tablespoon, not measuring spoon) imitation vanilla
6 eggs
3 regular size (not deep dish) frozen pie crusts (Pet-Ritz)

  • Melt margarine in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until melted and set aside.
  • Prepare your pecans. Remove any unwanted brown pieces from the pecan crevices and shake out pecan crumbs in a colander.
  • Place brown sugar in a large bowl. Work out any lumps with the back of a spoon. If the brown sugar is too hard, you can loosen it up in the microwave. Heat it for a few seconds and it will be fine.
  • Add a heaping serving tablespoon of self-rising flour and stir until the flour disappears into the brown sugar.
  • Add a bottle of light corn syrup. Then add 1 serving tablespoon of vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Add melted margarine. Fold carefully into the mixture so it doesn’t splatter. Fold until the margarine is thoroughly worked in and disappears.
  • In a separate bowl, crack open six eggs. Remove the “roosters” and loosely beat the eggs with your spoon.
  • Fold the eggs into the pie mixture until they disappear.
  • Add pecans and stir until completely coated.
  • Remove three pie shells from the freezer at this point and check for cracks. If you do have a crack, thaw and knead the crack together and refreeze.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the three shells. You’ll probably have a little bit leftover in the bowl. Tap tops with a spoon to check consistency and make sure there is the same amount in each pie. Redistribute pecans if necessary to make equal.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. Cook pies until they swell and then fall. At that point they are done.
  • Remove and cool for about three hours. Store on the counter or in the refrigerator depending on how you like your pie.

For mini pies: chop pecans, use mini frozen pie shells, removing them from the freezer as needed and bake in three batches on a baking sheet for about 35 minutes each. I’m guesstimating the time. Watch them and make sure they are done.

Enjoy!

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Emily said...

Wow, your grandmother was beautiful! I see the resemblance!

I have to give these a try…I’m still in my no-not phase of life but I might need to make an exception…

December 14, 2009 09:03 PM
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Suze said...

Wow! I really liked reading this. It’s so nice to have this tradition in your family. I think it’s sweet that you still make them for the same reason she did. :)

December 14, 2009 09:07 PM
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Caressa Sharp said...

She was beautiful. I know exactly how you feel–my mom passed almost 7 years ago when I was 20. She never read any of my articles, never knew I was going to be a writer, never met my husband, never met her grandkids. Worse, I never asked her all the questions I needed to after I became a woman and REALLY needed a mom. Your grandmother’s pies, my mom’s apple turnovers. Food holds such great memories.

December 14, 2009 09:08 PM
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lovey said...

I giggled when I saw that you take the little white thing out of eggs too. My Mom saw our neighbor do that one time and after that, she wouldn’t eat anything with eggs in it unless she knew it had been removed. I guess it didn’t help when I would tease her and call it “chicken belly buttons”. One year I filled a baby food jar with dryer lint and gave it to my Mom for Christmas with the label on it reading “Chicken Belly Button Lint”. I miss hearing how hard she laughed that Christmas. Thank you for sharing your memories and bringing back one special one for me. BTW: Your pies look amazing.

December 14, 2009 09:10 PM
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Cha Cha said...

Why is it we don’t know to take the time when we have it. Your pies are the perfect southern gift. My question is do you say PeeCan or PeeCon

December 14, 2009 09:13 PM
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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Perfect little presents! I love this idea!

December 14, 2009 09:20 PM
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Lufflee said...

aw shes so beautiful! Ive never tried pecan pie before or even pecans… (I always omitted them from recipes and replaced them with walnuts) but this pie looks really yummy. Especially in that slice picture <3

Ahhh now i know what those things do (the squiggly things in the eggs) lol. My mom always told me to take them out but when i asked her she always said 'i dunno, your grandma always does'. But sometimes i leave them in because i get lazy ^__^

December 14, 2009 09:22 PM
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Melissa said...

Totally adorable. Thanks for the idea Bakerella. I think my friends are going to love this.

December 14, 2009 09:26 PM
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Kristin said...

This is perfect. We are going to give goody bags to the homeless this weekend and I think these little pies would be perfect to add to the bag. I am sure they will feel very special. Thanks for the idea.

December 14, 2009 09:35 PM
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Glory said...

First off.. Love you, love this site.. long before Martha Stewart =)
So, if this seems critical, don’t take it that way. I’m just wondering about you saying to use “imitation Vanilla”, when in the photo I can see your uncle using Watkins brand, which is the best, most delicious and real vanilla around.

December 14, 2009 09:36 PM
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ValerieWitte said...

I can one up your mini ones…

We made Pecan Pie Bites:
http://thurslunchbunch.blogspot.com/2009/12/pecan-pie-bites-kj.html

these are delicious too!

December 14, 2009 09:38 PM
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Nancy J. said...

I used to make pecan pies with my Grandpa, thanks for reminding me of that wonderful memory. Isn’t it funny how our grandparents are usually gone by the time we’d truly appreciate them. I often ponder that, there must be some reason it works that way. Thanks for sharing this sweet post and memory!

December 14, 2009 09:38 PM
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Becky in Texas said...

Thanks for sharing such a great memory! I adore pecan pie, even though it’s like eating a plate of sugar with nuts added (what’s wrong with that, right?). Several years ago, I found a recipe for cranberry pecan pie. Use the same recipe for pecan pie, but add 1 cup of chopped fresh cranberries (for 2 regular pies). The tartness of the cranberries balances out the sweetness of the pie. I make it every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas…it’s a big hit in our family.

December 14, 2009 09:39 PM
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RhodeyGirl said...

A serious recipe with a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

December 14, 2009 09:41 PM
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bakerella said...

Glory – I think he says imitation because the bottle says artificially flavored at the bottom. I’m sure either is fine. I usually buy pure vanilla extract, but he likes the artifically flavored variety.

December 14, 2009 09:41 PM
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Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oh that a gorgeous post :) I am sure your granny would be so happy to know that her tradition has been carried on!
The mini pies look amazing!

December 14, 2009 09:43 PM
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Michelle said...

love it! My husbands fave pie is pecan :)

December 14, 2009 09:43 PM
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Anonymous said...

I know how you feel. I never met my (maternal) grandmother–at least, not that I can remember, since she died (of cancer) when I was only 9 months old (and she was only in her early 60s!). My mom makes me my favorite dinner–her veal schnitzel recipe–whenever veal goes on sale. :)

December 14, 2009 09:43 PM
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Lauren said...

I absolutely love pecan pie, and these look fabulous! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing your granny’s recipe! Tonight I actually made one of my grandmother’s recipes for Rice Custard and I’ll be posting it on my blog shortly. It’s so fun to make recipes that are handed down from family!

December 14, 2009 09:57 PM
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heather said...

I’ve never made pecan (I pronounce it pee-can) pie. After reading your wonderful post (and such a nice tribute to your Granny & uncle, too!), I’m going to make it using your Granny’s recipe.

December 14, 2009 09:59 PM
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Liz said...

i will make this for christmas… i’ve been looking for a good pecan pie to try! you never fail me!

December 14, 2009 09:59 PM
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Julie McRae said...

It must be a Grandma thing! My Gramma made these pies too, every year! Pecan Pie has become my all time favorite pie! So delicious!

December 14, 2009 10:14 PM
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Missie said...

I just have to say I am SO in awe of your art…very post you blow me away with your talent! Keep surprising me…it makes me smile! I hope one day to create goodies as beauitful as you did here!

December 14, 2009 10:21 PM
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Yan Bing said...

The pies look great!!
I would like to try it out someday..

December 14, 2009 10:24 PM
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Tina said...

ok, I don’t personally like pecan pies, but I’m so making these little baby pies! I’ve never seen the baby pie shells in the freezer (tho I’ll admit, I never looked). What store did you get these from?

Thanks!!!

December 14, 2009 10:26 PM
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casey said...

pecan pie is my FAVORITE!! because it was my poppa’s favorite… and i will never ever forget the Christmas that his sister decided to use honey instead of karo syrup in her pecan pie. poppa ate a slice just to please her… she no more got out the door than he had nanny throw the pie in the trash. “what was she thinking?! that pie was horrible!” haha! love and so miss that man!

and you used “watkins” vanilla! another family favorite and must have with baking…

i’ll have to make some mini pies to give away. poppa would like that.. :)

December 14, 2009 10:27 PM
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Laura Liscano said...

Being a Southern Girl living in the NW, I think I’ll pay tribute to my roots and make this for Xmas! I may be the only one eaing it, but that’s OK! Picking out the “doohickies” made me laugh because my grandma had a pecan tree and as kids, we would crack them with our teeth and would have to pick out the doohickies with our fingers.

December 14, 2009 10:31 PM
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Sara Conley said...

Your granny is so beautiful!

December 14, 2009 10:47 PM
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melanie said...

You are too cute, I have started the tradition of baking my Christmas presents and this year I was actually going to make sampler boxes of treats. I am sooo stealing the mini pie idea. But I may have to leave it out of my mom’s box, every since I was 3, during the holiday season we would spend an entire weekend baking hundreds of pecan pie tarts, maybe even thousands and those were what we delivered to all our neighbors, co-workers and friends.

December 14, 2009 11:00 PM
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nicke cutler said...

i cant wait to try this recipe. i can think of a few friends that would need a pie. thanks bakerella!

December 14, 2009 11:01 PM
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Mary Margeson said...

You’re granny is absolutely gorgeous, and I would probably wear that top, now! ;)
Those pies look absolutely delicious…love the minis! What great gifts they will make!

Thanks for sharing!!

December 14, 2009 11:02 PM
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Chaucee said...

I don’t even like pecan pies but this looks delicious!

December 14, 2009 11:08 PM
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Didi said...

Aww – you made me miss my granny. I’m so thankful she’s still around and I get to see her at least once a week. My granny didn’t bake pies though. She made me rice porridge and Japanese curry :)

I love vintage pics and your granny looks gorgeous! How do they always look so effortlessy chic?

The pies look adorable and uber tasty!

December 14, 2009 11:13 PM
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Meghann said...

Love love love it! What camera is that you’re using now.. eh?? :)

December 14, 2009 11:31 PM
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Cindy Craig said...

My eyes are wet…thanks for bringing back memories of baking with my own sweet Granny, whom I miss like crazy. Enjoy your pies and the memories they carry. Merry Christmas.

December 14, 2009 11:39 PM
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Lisa W. said...

thank you for sharing, such a very sweet memory!

December 14, 2009 11:43 PM
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Crystal keefer said...

Woww! I LOVE IT! and just when i went through my own trouble of making crust for minature pie pans to make some turkey pot pies from left over turkey………You find the ones already made!! AWESOME! I am definitely going to make some of these for the holidays along with your chocolate chip cookie pie and some others. Thanks for being so kind to share!

December 14, 2009 11:44 PM
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Marie M. said...

Love your Granny’s picture. She looks like “hot stuff”. The memories we have from cooking with our loved ones in the kitchen are the best.

I’m not a fan of margarine. Sorry. Would it be OK to use butter? Or is there some special reason for using margarine? I know I’d use the real deal vanilla, too. Thanks.

December 14, 2009 11:44 PM
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Chelle said...

Your Grandmother is gorgeous–I love the picture of her.

And I know she is looking down smiling that you love her pies so much…and are sharing them with us!

They look delicious. I cannot wait to make my husband this recipe!

December 14, 2009 11:50 PM
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ryan's grane said...

Your recipe sound really good, but I would use home made pie crust. It’s really easy with a good mixer. (3 c.flour to 1 c. shortning, dash of salt and ice water to make a ball)
I have three pecan trees in my front yard and have been picking pecans up for several weeks now. Not a very good year. Only have about 10 pounds in the freezer.
Love your site – keep up the good work!!

December 15, 2009 12:00 AM
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Dee Jordan said...

Oh Bakerella you must have been in my head today. I love Granny Stories. I wrote about my Grandmother this morning. It has been a day filled with all the aromas from my childhood. And tomorrow I go shoping for Cornish Game Hens for my dinner party on Friday. I was wanting to make her Pecan Pie but did not want “pie”. The MINI’s are just what I was looking for. I love that your Granny taught you to remove the roosters also. For the love of a Grandmother, hvae a happy day!

December 15, 2009 12:03 AM
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Lisa said...

Hi! I’m from Australia and we don’t get ‘sticks of margarine’. Could you please tell me how much is in a stick of margarine so I know how much to use? Thanks so much.

PS. I am about to make your reindeer cake pops tomorrow for our playgroup Xmas party. Wish me luck!

December 15, 2009 12:27 AM
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momgateway said...

Gorgeous mini pecan pies…what a great idea! Love your post on books and balls too.

December 15, 2009 12:45 AM
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Tina said...

Lisa- a stick of butter is a 1/2 Cup

Here’s a conversion chart I found:

Butter or Margarine

1/8 cup = 30 grams
1/4 cup = 55 grams
1/3 cup = 75 grams
3/8 cup = 85 grams
1/2 cup = 115 grams
5/8 cup = 140 grams
2/3 cup = 150 grams
3/4 cup = 170 grams
7/8 cup = 200 grams
1 cup = 225 grams

December 15, 2009 12:58 AM
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Kandi said...

Yikes. I just jumped on the cake ball train, now I have to make these little pies. You are creating a monster.

December 15, 2009 01:10 AM
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Carol said...

Mmm looks delicious. Could you post up a scaled down version? (For one pie, please?)

December 15, 2009 01:28 AM
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CS said...

Aww, what a sweet story! I always wanted to know my great grandmother because I’ve been told she was an excellent cook and baker. My mom was notorious for eating multiple dinners because she had to be home for dinner, but she also wanted to eat her grandmother’s cooking.

And, of course, like any good gobbling granddaughter, my mom didn’t learn any of the recipes. :( Double unfortunate because my great grandma immigrated from Yugoslavia and had her recipes committed to memory rather than writing them down. My great aunt tried to give me a written version she has for pavivitza, but she’s not entirely convinced it’s the correct one, either! It was my mom’s favorite and the only one I actually want to know how to make.

December 15, 2009 02:21 AM
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Julie said...

This looks so good! Im going to try to make it this weekend!

December 15, 2009 02:54 AM
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Elena said...

These look wonderful! There is a distinct lack of sweet pies in England, everyone wants meaty pies – yuck. However, I’m going to make some of these for our New Year party and see how people like them.
I think the best sort of recipes are family ones, especially the ones written on scrappy bits of paper or ones that have tiny little rushed annotations on them. They make the outcome all the more special.
Thankyou for sharing this!

December 15, 2009 02:55 AM
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Emily said...

Thanks for sharing the family memories! It certainly seems as though you are helping a lot of families start some new traditions. What a special gift both you and your grandmother seem to share. :-)

December 15, 2009 02:59 AM
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Anonymous said...

What a great idea and a great story! Btw, for folks wondering about regular vs imitation vanilla, Cooks Illustrated did an article a while back that showed that baking with imitation (artificial) was better for maintaining the vanilla flavor. The artificial has the same chemical compound that is in real vanilla that gives it it’s vanilla-y-ness, but apparently in higher concentration.

December 15, 2009 03:06 AM
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Gail Turner said...

Wow never mind your – delicious looking pies.

How stunning is your Grandmother and I know what you mean when you say she was a person full of life and experiences. We do forget to take time to listen to the people older and wiser than us and hear their amazing life stories. And it is always handy to ‘acquire’ their recipes lol.

Have a happy cookie christmas. x

December 15, 2009 03:16 AM
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Abby said...

Delicious!! What a rockin grandma you have!

December 15, 2009 04:21 AM
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Jim-49 said...

Well,Lady as time goes on,and we can expect,we got a winner in you!! Everyone here in the south,always love a pecan pie,and when you bring grandmothers into it,its like a double load of goodness!! Thanks for all your time,work,and computor tech.,which you do!! Its funny how all you ladies,are like a string around your finger,in these busy times,it says”hey,remember this”!! You help in many ways!! Have a nice Christmas!!

December 15, 2009 06:29 AM
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BethieofVA said...

They look beautiful, as does your grandmother. Why imitation vanilla though, not the real deal? Just a side note, Cooks Illustrated gave top ratings to CVS’ imitation vanilla and it is only 99 cents.

December 15, 2009 06:33 AM
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sheista said...

Bakerella, that is the exact same way I feel about my grandmother! I miss her everyday :)
You’re uncle looks cute!

Thanks for sharing!

December 15, 2009 06:44 AM
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Krystal said...

you look just like her!

December 15, 2009 07:02 AM
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June said...

Ohh… I love that pic of your grandmother. She’s so glamorous! I will give the pecan pie a try, ummmm yummy. Thanks for sharing this lovely story.

December 15, 2009 07:04 AM
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Nancy said...

Ohhh! They look scrumptious! I love pecan pies! What a very
touching and loving memory to your Granny.

December 15, 2009 07:04 AM
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Lori Martin said...

You gotta love traditions!!! As Judith Comfort would say, “When we prepare dihes handed down to us from our grandmothers, we become grandchildren again, reconnected to the people who have gone before us. When we prepare traditional food for our children, we give them memories they can turn to when they are grouwn and cut adrift. They will prepare these foods and once again be grounded with their families in time.” Love that quote.

Also, I was taught by an egg farmer friend that you remove the “rooster” with an egg shell and then it is easier to ‘cut’ it out and you don’t have to chase it!

Life is meant to be shared!

December 15, 2009 07:48 AM
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Anne said...

OH! That reminds me of my Grandpa’s famous Pecan Pie. Pecan pronounced Pee-Can :) I bet it taste’s just as yummy!!!

December 15, 2009 07:48 AM
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Joanna said...

Wow, those mini pies look adorable! And your Granny was so gorgeous!

December 15, 2009 07:54 AM
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Kimbely said...

Hey Bakerella these look great and Pecan Pie is my favorite pie to have. I’ve been looking all over for mini pastry shells … where did you find them?

December 15, 2009 07:57 AM
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chickyp said...

Thanks for sharing your special memories and your Granny’s wonderful recipe with us. It is sad that children (and some adults, come to that) don’t just sit and listen to their elder relatives. The things you learn! Mine passed on when I was 6 and she was the only grandparent I had. :(
Your Granny was beautiful.
On a completely different tack, I notice in your pics that you have a convection oven. Do you use that? I have one and never have quite got the hang of it.

December 15, 2009 08:43 AM
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peachkins said...

I love the looks of your pecan pie!

December 15, 2009 09:13 AM
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Bethany Belcher said...

O my those mini pies are so cute!

December 15, 2009 09:26 AM
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Anonymous said...

I love this post Bakerella. It made my think of my “Grandmommy” or “Granny” as I called her to “get her goat”. My Granny had what I thought was the best pecan pie ever and all of our friends and family begged her to make it for each holiday.
I was lucky enough to have Granny write down several recipes before she passed away. I was excited to try to make her pecan pie and assembled all of the ingredients. I happened to check out the recipe on the back of the Karo syrup bottle only to discover it was the SAME recipe! Oh well! Even though my Granny’s recipe is the same that is out there for the world to use, it will still be her recipe to me.
Thanks for sharing!

December 15, 2009 09:42 AM
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Melanie in Nebraska said...

I am so excited to see the Watkins Vanilla. I sell Watkins. Let me know if you don’t have a dealer.

December 15, 2009 09:50 AM
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cakegirl said...

Thanks for reminding us what this season is REALLY about; family, memories, and traditions. Pecan pie has always been my favorite pie. I grew up in Texas with a very southern granny and we had pecan pie every Christmas. Thank you for honoring your beautiful granny and sharing her with us.

December 15, 2009 09:52 AM
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Lori said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory, and delicious recipe!
I’m new to this website and absolutely love it! You’re a true artist!

December 15, 2009 10:02 AM
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Diana Baun said...

What an awesome idea to celebrate the Holidays….make multiple batches of pies and share them. I guess that’s similar to the assorted cookie idea too!! Isn’t it amazing (and kinda sad) how we don’t really appreciate things until it’s too late? I wish I had sat down with my grandma too and talked about her life, there are so many things that I’d LOVE to know now!!

December 15, 2009 10:06 AM
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Shannon said...

Great post. Pecan pie is my hubby’s favorite pie, but I never make it. I don’t like making pies, but mini pies, I think I could do those.

December 15, 2009 10:07 AM
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Alana D said...

My mom makes an amazing pecan pie (or three) every year at the holidays! It seems like it’s the one thing that EVERYONE agrees should be on our holiday table! Thanks for showcasing this amazing holiday dessert and bringing a smile to my face this morning!

December 15, 2009 10:08 AM
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Maggie said...

I’m a northwesterner living in the south (opposite from someone else that has already commented) and I’ve been thinking about taking cookies around to our new neighbors…but maybe I’ll have to do this! Looks great! Thank you for sharing!

December 15, 2009 10:14 AM
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Britney said...

Your granny was absolutely gorgeous! I’m so excited that you posted this recipe and included the info about the mini pies…that’s an awesome gift idea…I never thought of that before. I’m definitely making the minis this weekend. Merry Christmas!

December 15, 2009 10:26 AM
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Yolanda said...

My grandmother baked these exact pies! Seeing as we all had pecan trees around she baked them alot and always froze some. She always had pies in the freezer and she and we called them “Funeral Pies” because she said she kept them and if someone passed she could thaw it out and take it to the family (kinda sad in one way but we always got a big joke out of it). When we’d be at her house and want something sweet we’d all say “Mama do you have any funeral pies?” And she’d go to the chest freezer and pull something out (usually pecan). And if something sweet was sitting on the table (usually was) she’d always announce and laugh if it was one of her “funeral pies”.

(We ALL called my grandmother Mama)

December 15, 2009 10:35 AM
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Lisa Sturgill said...

Your Grandmother is gorgeous!!! I wish I had done the same, sit down and talk with my Grandma more. I do remember one Christmas when I was in my teens or a bit older, she was at the table making pecan tassies, which were like the little pies you made but even smaller. I remember being completely mesmerized watching her shape the dough then her putting the mixture in the tartlets. I loved to watch her prepare and bake goodies.

She always made mini things, even had little baking loaf pans for cinnamon bread. But then again, she was tiny too, 4′ 11″ and maybe 90lbs soaking wet!

Thank you for your post, it brought back such lovely memories, and the recipe looks simply Yummy!!!!

December 15, 2009 10:38 AM
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Carrie said...

mmmm……Pecan pie is a favorite of mine. I love seeing your Grandmother’s picture. She looks so fabulous. Thanks for sharing

December 15, 2009 10:44 AM
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Nadia said...

Your grandmother is so beautiful! The pies look so scrumptious…

December 15, 2009 10:49 AM
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Judith Beatty said...

Sharing your Granny’s story brought a little sadness to me but I know in my Heart that all departed ones keep watch over us and they are still with us in Spirit. Being a Southern gal, pecan pie has always been a part of our holiday meals – I will definitely be making your Granny’s pie recipes for Christmas sharing.

BTW, the little membrane attached to the egg yolks (ie Roosters) is actually how the yolk attaches itself to the egg shell (explained to me that way) – totally edible but some remove it because they find it unsightly.

Merry Christmas to all………

December 15, 2009 11:01 AM
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Gini said...

I’ve always wanted to make pecan pie! I’m going to try this recipe.

December 15, 2009 11:25 AM
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Jen said...

Mmmmm I love pecan pie!! I’ll have to try this sometime. Those mini ones are especially cute.

December 15, 2009 11:37 AM
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Ashley said...

Seeing your ingredient list makes me long for baking back home in SC. Dixie Crystals and White Lily. I know it can’t really be all that different in CA, but I swear my cookies would be better if I was baking with those brands. I even make my mama ship White Lily cornmeal to me because I can’t find anything as good. Your granny’s pies look amazing. Thank you for sharing them and her with us!

December 15, 2009 11:48 AM
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LizinGreece said...

Lovely post and your granny was so beautiful! Pecans are not readily available in Greece. Shame because these look delicious.

December 15, 2009 11:50 AM
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Katie said...

Oh they are adorable! I love it! Thanks for sharing your granny’s recipe! She was a beautiful lady!

December 15, 2009 11:57 AM
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Kim said...

That looks absolutely delicious! I absolutely love pecan pies and I’ve been looking for a trusted recipe so I was super excited to see this! Thank you so much for sharing =)

December 15, 2009 12:59 PM
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Candi said...

These look SO good! I absolutely love pecan (pee-can, not pec-on or pee-con, lol) pie. I’ve never made it though…something about all the corn syrup…I’m fine eating it, just not sure I could actually put it all in there myself, lol. I might have to give it a try though!

December 15, 2009 01:04 PM
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Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

One WHOLE bottle of corn syrup?? Wow!! As pretty as these look, I’m not going to make them, corn syrup is rather pricey here!!

December 15, 2009 01:11 PM
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Kathy S said...

doohickies!! LOL I haven’t heard that word in a very long time. Your recipe is close to the one my step mother used, but hers only made two pies which was never enough. So I think I will try your Granny’s recipe this Christmas. Thank so much for the memories. Have a Merry Christmas!!

December 15, 2009 01:14 PM
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Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

This is my great grandmother’s recipe too! We make these every Thanksgiving and Christmas – it wouldn’t be right without them!! Yours look beautiful!

December 15, 2009 01:16 PM
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Carrie Smart said...

When I read this entry today I decided to “bite the bullet” and make a pecan pie. So I ran to the store to get the ingredients before I changed my mind. I love to bake but has always been intimidated by the thought of making pecan pie for some reason. This was super easy to make and my husband loves it. I think this is where my fear came from in making them- my mother-in-law makes them and her son (my husband) loves them and I was afraid I would not live up to the standard but my husband thinks these are wonderful(he is honest and would tell me if he really didn’t-so I believe him).

So thanks Bakerella for sharing your grandma’s recipe.

December 15, 2009 01:22 PM
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++MIRA++ said...

i know i’m weird, but u know, i hate pie crust.no idea why.just hate it. but i LOVE pie filling. i’m a contradiction in myself.lol. btw, i had a question on my blog about who their fav food blog is and most of em said bakerella!yay!

December 15, 2009 01:24 PM
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Cheryl said...

Bakerella, I also Heart pecan pies, I make them every Christmas. Your post came just in time for me. I am going to make 3 or maybe 6 and give them as gifts to friends. Thank you for doubling/tripling the recipe, it makes it so much easier to follow. And, I am going to follow your recipe this year. I’m exicted, I hope you are too. Merry Christmas~Cheryl

December 15, 2009 01:28 PM
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Jennifer said...

You look like your granny! Me too! I used to get called Little Jeanne. Guess my daugther does too as she is the spittin image of me.

I tried a pecan pie one time just after I got married and it exploded all over the oven. I haven’t tried again and it has been 15 years! I think I am finally brave enough to try again!

On a seperate note, my mother in law couldn’t find Karo at the store so she used maple syrup (like Log Cabin) instead and everyone liked them better at Thanksgiving.
Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

December 15, 2009 01:36 PM
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Stacy said...

Thank you for the wonderful post! My grandma was also a pie baker in her earlier years. She made so many pies – everyone asked her for them. I wish I would have made them with her and I wish I could go back now and just sit at her little kitchen table and enjoy some pie with her. I miss my grandma too. Thank you again for your post.

December 15, 2009 01:45 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

Your grandmother was a stunner! I love the idea of minipies, though I think I will try it with a whack of pumpkin pies. Yummy!

December 15, 2009 01:45 PM
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Dawn said...

Thank you so much for sharing your Granny’s recipe! What a special thing for you and your uncle to do together. My best friend’s favorite thing in the world is pecan pie, and I needed one more present for him for Christmas, so I think this is it! What could be nicer than a pie, especially if it’s your favorite?

A quick tip for you for easily removing the “roosters”. For some reason, egg whites and shells are more attracted to the egg shell itself than a spoon. So, once you crack your eggs, take your a broken egg shell and use it capture your roosters. Should be a lot easier!

December 15, 2009 01:50 PM
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Hilary said...

You (and your grandmother) are FABULOUS!

December 15, 2009 01:51 PM
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Joanna said...

What a great idea?! The pies look absolutely delish!

December 15, 2009 01:52 PM
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Nicol said...

Pecan pie is my FAVORITE pie. I love it warm from the oven. Love the minis.

December 15, 2009 01:56 PM
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