Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pecan Pie and an Award

Marigolds and roses, Bees and flies
Oh, Isn't it a wonderful path ?
Butterflies and caterpillars, rainbows and lightning
Makes an extraordinary path together
As the Earth spins
We'll forever remember the path of Nature

   No, it's not mine. It's my 8 year old's :-) When she was wondering what to do for the talent show in her class, she was confused and couldn't decide and I was no help either. After a lot of pondering, she made up her mind and told me she wants to write a poem and recite it. She doesn't write poems that often although she writes stories and gives her own illustrations. As such, I was flabbergasted to say the least to see this poem, titled "Nature's Path". I cannot figure out for my life where she comes up with these ideas.  I knew then I had to do something to show her how proud I am of her efforts. 

  After deliberating about how to congratulate her I decided to make some goodies of her choice. There was this long awaited request from her to make Pecan Pie and being the official arbitrator on these matters made my decision.  Pecan Pie, it shall be!  I was supposed to make this for Thanksgiving but never got around to it for some reason.  Either ways, my daughter won me over and I made her her pie.  I think in all respects this was a good decision.  Enjoy!

Pecan Pie

We tasted this pie in one of the Thanksgiving parties, soon after reaching US. It tasted divine and and my husband and daughter requested me to make it at home. Then I started searching the net and collected info from friends for making Pecan pie. Once you taste this, I am sure you will never like store brought pecan pie :-)

Ingredients:

Pie Crust:

It is the same as in Apple pie. Only thing I want to point out is that the crust becomes flaky only when you use butter and shortening together.

For Filling:

Roasted Pecans- 1 cup
Light Corn syrup - Little less than 1 cup
Brown Sugar -1/2 cup
Salt - A pinch
Melted Butter - 5 1/2 Tbsp
Pure Vanilla Extract - 1tsp
Eggs - 2

Pecan Pie

Method:
1. Prepare the dough for the crust and follow the method here.
2. Roast the Pecans in a microwave oven. This may take 2-3 minutes, turn the pecans after every minute and stop when you think it is roasted well. It took me 2 minutes in my microwave .
3.Cut the pecan halves into 2 when it is cool enough to handle.Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
4.Mix together everything except eggs listed under filling, using a spatula.
5.Whisk the eggs together in another bowl, very lightly.
6.Mix the egg also in the above mixture and see that the eggs are mixed well.
7.Roll out the dough to get a 1/8 inch thick disk.
8.Transfer this into the pie pan and cut off the extra edges.
9.Pinch the sides to get a wavy look for the sides. [Mine is not perfect, since I was in a hurry :( ]
10.Pour in the prepared mixture and sprinkle the pecan slices.
11.Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. It took me 60 minutes.
12.Take out from the oven and let the pie cool well before you cut it.Serve with whipped cream or ice cream of your choice.

Pecan Pie

Notes:

1.This pie recipe will give you a moderately sweet one, not too sweet like you get from the shops.
2.Roll out the dough on a rolling pin for transferring into the pan, since it is really brittle.
3.Please do not skip the roasting step, since it makes a huge difference.
4.Be careful when you add water to the dough. Use icecold water and pour only a spoon at a time. I had to add only 1 1/2 Tbsp. When I made it for the first time I added a lil more water and I had a hard time in rolling out the crust !

Award

Malar Gandhi of Kitchen tantra- tease your palate has shared a beautiful award with us. Thanks a bunch Malar, we really appreciate it


We would like to share it with all our blogger friends. Pl accept it and post it in your blog :-) Happy blogging and a happy Holiday season to all !!!!

Contributor: Namitha

45 comments:

  1. Pie looks so delicious...i am drooling here!!...tempting pics!

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  2. Pie looks very tempting with those pecans...I loved the poem, excited to see a budding writer and poet in your home!!!

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  3. Wow, that pie looks gorgeous and I am sure the budding poet must have been very happy and proud of her Mom.

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  4. At first sight it looked to me like pizza :) Pie looks inviting

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  5. wonderful looking pie and congratulations on the award

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  6. Yummm.... the looks so delicious and tempting...never tasted one though....the recipe looks easy.Will give it a try soon. I am sure your talented daughter was very happy to see her fav pie:) and congrats for the award,dear.

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  7. I think this is the easiest pie and yummy too....Merry X'mas dear...enjoy.....

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  8. yummy pie and lovely clicks dear...

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  9. Lovely pie...looks really divine wid loads of nuts.....congrats on d award too...

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  10. Your little one is truly talented! Hats off :) I too was planning on making a pecan pie...I can try out yours now...looks so yummy with the ice cream :)

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  11. A beautiful poem and an delectable apt award.

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  12. Yummy pie....looks delicious.

    Lovely poem :).

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  13. I never had any pie's before but this looks really colourful and delicious.

    No way to imagine the taste as I never ate it before.

    Might give a try some day.

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  14. This pecan pie would make any nut lover really happy.

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  15. Give your lil girl a big hug from me. What a lovely way to enjoy nature. The pie is befitting present!
    Congratulations on your award too.

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  16. Hey this pie seems very yummy...more tempting with cream...nice recipe...thnx for sharing it.
    The poem is very nicely composed by ur daughther...m sure she has a very good future in litrature.

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  17. I absolutely love pecan pie,I am craving for some..very tempting pics..

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  18. wooooooooooo ...what a poem and what a recipe, looks like its piercing out of the screen :) too good and yummy..:)Pinee meenuinu oru kochu kavi annuallo...:)

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  19. Lovely pi dear...a very new idea.

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  20. looks like u girls r all geared up to welcome xmas in a big way. the pie is absolutely stunning and with that ice cream, it is just perfect

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  21. Beautiful poem and lovely pie to celebrate!

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  22. Looks very good Namitha !. Photos are excellent. I would love to eat if something is left !!.

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  23. Wow thats really awesome.. Wish to have slice with icecream....

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  24. Thats one drol worthy pie, yummm......... And thats one very talented little girl you have there :)

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  25. omg.. the pecan pie looks heavenly! Perfect for the season too :)

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  26. Droolworthy pie and a beautiful poem :)

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  27. Beautiful poem & lovely recipe.

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  28. Awesome pie and a beautiful poem, good combination. It was a welcome treat. Loved the detailed procedure.

    Chitchat

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  29. wow that looks really nice,merry xmas all of you..enjoy ..

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  30. I haven't tried Pecan pie ever. Nor got a chance to make it. But from your pics, it looks delicious. Will have to try making it sometime.

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  31. This pie look really nice, good shots. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

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  32. looks soo good...congrates on ur awards..

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  33. Dear Namitha
    Very nice, but I dont think Pecan is available here :-(
    Have a nice holiday ahead

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  34. Its a eye catching shot.... nd a finger licking pie.... YUmmmmmmm But pecans rnt available here :(...but for sure if i find them ne where il try this for sure :)

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  35. First time here...u hv a great blog.Pecan pie looks wonderful.

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  36. Pie looks wonderful and great picture... hmmm I dont like pecan, suppose if I replace it with walnut I wonder how would it taste..may be I'll try and let u know dear...

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  37. Thanks everyone !!!
    SE, Pari,Faiza, Gita,A2Z, Latha,Lata, Sidhi,Sangeetha, Cham,Peanutts, Nandini,Chitchat : My daughter says A big THANK YOU to all !! She is so proud :D
    @Ushnish Da, Aps, Swarna : I haven't tried any other nuts.Pl let me know if you ever try :-)Walnuts should work fine, Swarna :-)

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  38. U daughter is very talented yaar..Give a hug for her from me :)
    Nice picture !!
    Wish u a happy xmas and a grt nw yr.congrats on the award too :)

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  39. your daughter seems like a budding poet in the making :) All the best to your kid.
    Pie looks very delicious.

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  40. Nice poem & very well baked pie....

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  41. Tempting pecan pie,loves it,Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  42. Looking at those yummy crispy peacans itself makes me want to try this pie :-)

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