Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is easy to make and is as American and holiday as a bunch of sugar high kids screaming about Santa Clause and tearing ass into presents while parents get drunk on Egg Nog.

In the past I have given a dough recipe for savory pies, but this is the standard dough recipe I use for sweet pies. Its a little different in the fact that I use only butter, and add some sugar. The premiss is still the same and its easy to make. Pie dough can also be made ahead of time or frozen for later use. No reason to not keep some on hand.

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A standard and easy to make pie dough for sweet pies such as pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato pies.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 1-1/4 cup of All Purpose Flower
  • ⅓ cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 pinch of Table Salt
  • 8 tablespoons of cold Unsalted Butter (cubed)
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice cold Water
  1. Place Flour, Sugar and Salt into a bowl and whisk to combine
  2. Cut cold butter into Flour mixture with hands or pastry cutter until resembles course meal
  3. Slowly add cold water tablespoon at a time and mix to combine
  4. Form into round disk
  5. Wrap in plastic saran type wrap.
  6. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes
After a 30 minuted rest in refrigerator roll dough out on floured surface. Makes one 9inch bottom pie crust. Double recipe for a top pie crust.

Once you have made your pie dough and allowed it to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes, you can take it out and roll the dough out on a floured surface to about the size of your pie pan. This pie dough recipe makes enough dough for a single bottom crust for a 9 inch pie. If you’re going to use this dough for say an apple, cherry, or peach pie you will need to double the recipe for the additional top crust.
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A great pecan pie for the holidays or any time of year. Who said pie isn't good all year? No one! Ever!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 4 room temperature Eggs
  • 1 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup of melted regular Butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/4 cup of white corn syrup (Karo)
  • 2 cups of Pecan halves
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare one basic sweet Pie Dough recipe
  3. In a bowl whisk together Eggs, Sugar, Flour, Butter, Vanilla, and Corn Syrup until well combined
  4. Add Pecan halves to Egg and Sugar mixture and stir gently to combine
  5. Pour Pecan mixture into prepared unbaked pie dough
  6. Cook for an 1 hour and 20 minuted until center is set
  7. Completely cool to room temp and refrigerate

If you like pie, and you like pecans, then you should try making this pie. If you don’t like pie, well then throw yourself in front of a moving bus. The world has no use for you.


Its so safe floating in the glass

While above all your troubles pass.

Worked from home today on some programming issues for some clients, so I figured what better then to make a cake. Well sort of. Let me explain.

In my family anything and everything dessert pretty much revolves around the Italian pastry Baba rum cakes. Over the years “Baba” has pretty much become an adjective for any dessert of any kind. Often my father would reply in regards to someone asking about what was for dinner,  “To hell with dinner do we even have any Baba?” Roughly translated to who cares about dinner do we have dessert?

What does this have to do with what I am about to show and tell today? Nothing, other then I found myself in the kitchen this morning wondering about what I was going to eat for dinner. I caught myself thinking to hell with dinner, what do I have for dessert or more accurately “shit I have no Baba!”

I have become my father.

Now some people may not want to admit to becoming one of their parents. I think we all start out this way. Maybe some people have bad parents and truly never want to become what they are or were, but I think some genetic material is going to flow through and good or bad you’re going to display some of the same traits as your parents.

I am not too worried about it. My father was tough on me and my brothers growing up, and certainly not perfect. He showed us it was ok to make mistakes or wrong decisions, but you stand up and take it like a man and move on. So becoming like my father isn’t so bad, I could do a hell of a lot worse.

Folks, I made some “Baba” as it were. Oreo Cake.

I found this recipe on Serious Eats by a rather neat woman named Yvonne Ruperti. I had everything on hand and it was easy. You need a couple hours start to finish between cooking, cooling, and then chilling it down but I am convinced if you can follow the simplest instructions or say crop dust the sales department in the cube farm without ruining your shorts you can make this cake.

I stayed true to the recipe (provided in the recipe section) as published and what you see here is the end result. This is nothing more then a simple chocolate cake, crushed up Oreo cookies, and whipped cream.

Now I have some Baba for tonight. What I am eating for dinner is still a damn mystery. As I think about it, screw it. This is dinner. Diabetic shock and comma here I come.