Salted caramel pecan pie

An almost perfect pecan pie that features a homemade salted caramel for maximum ooey gooey-ness! This pairs well with a scoop of ice cream!

Salted caramel pecan pie

A few weeks ago, I was at the library and browsed the new releases stacks. I came across this book called Pie is Messy and it piqued my interest. After flipping through the book, I decided to borrow it.

When I got home, I saw several promising recipes (maple custard, anyone?). After my husband got a hold of the cookbook, he immediately fell in love with the idea of a salted caramel pecan pie recipe that he found. And so his mission to influence me was on. He went to the pantry to see how many pecans we had in there and checked to see what other ingredients I needed. Surprisingly, the only thing I needed to buy were pecans.

Salted caramel pecan pie

So the next trip to the grocery store, I made sure to buy pecans. And the following day, I made this pie while he was golfing. When he returned, he could smell the aroma from the pie and asked what I had been baking. Much to his delight and surprise, the pie was ready for him to devour.

Salted caramel pecan pie

The salted caramel pecan pie wasn’t difficult to make, but there were a few things that were a bit off-putting for me. First, the caramel was made with corn syrup, which I typically don’t like to use a lot of. I prefer some good old homemade caramel that’s made from sugar and heavy cream. However, since this is a pie and needed a different type of caramel for the dessert, I went with it. Second, the caramel was way too sweet – even with the salt included. I would cut down on the sugar and/or double up on the salt because it gave me a bit of a toothy headache.

Even with the small issues in the pie, it was still good, and we still ate the whole thing.

Husband’s rating: 4.5 out of 5
Addie’s rating: 4 out of 5
My rating: 4 out of 5

Salted caramel pecan pie

An ooey gooey salted caramel pecan pie that's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! This pie goes very well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Chilling time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pies
Servings: 8
Author: Eva Bakes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening cold
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup ice cold water plus more if needed

Filling

  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans

Instructions

Make the crust

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and the salt. Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut the shortening in until you achieve pea-sized crumbs.
  • Slowly stream in the ice water a little bit at a time and mix with your hands until a shaggy dough forms. You may not need all of the water (or you might need more - it will depend on the humidity in your house).
  • Knead the dough until it is soft and pliable. Flatten to a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Place the dough in a 9" or 10" pie pan and trim the edges. Flute the edges with your thumb and forefinger. Place the pie pan back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.

Make the filling

  • While the crust is chilling in the pie pan in the refrigerator, make the filling and preheat your oven to 350℉.
  • In a medium sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the corn syrup and mix well.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat (turn off the stove), and add in the brown sugar until it is lump-free. Add the eggs, vanilla, and the salt and whisk vigorously so the eggs don't scramble and that everything is thoroughly blended.
  • Add the pecans on top of your pie crust. Try to arrange them in a single layer if you can.
  • Pour the filling mixture on top of the pecans and bake in your preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until the filling rises to the top near the edge of the crust. The top may appear to start cracking, and that just means it's done baking.
  • Cool the pie before slicing and serving.

Notes

Leftover pie should be stored, covered, at room temperature and will last for several days. It can also be frozen and thawed.
Source: Pie is Messy by Rebecca Grasley

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