Classic Pecan Pie

by Kathy Strahs on November 12, 2009 · 8 comments

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I have to admit, whenever I hear the words “pecan pie” I immediately think of the line “But I would be proud to partake of your pecan piiiiiiiiie…” from that sweet museum scene in When Harry Met Sally, when Harry is gearing up to ask Sally out:

It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years since that movie first came out! It’s still one of my all-time favorites. Anyhow, I digress…back to the pie.

When I first started this blog, Lydia from The Perfect Pantry commented that she had just baked the pecan pie recipe from the KARO syrup bottle – right away I made a note to myself to give this one a try come holiday time (by the way, “pecan pie” makes Lydia think of When Harry Met Sally too!). It’s the one, all right – incredibly rich and sweet. It takes all of five minutes to combine the filling ingredients, pour them into a pie shell and pop the pie in the oven. After that, you get an hour of olfactory enjoyment as the pecans and sugar slowly but surely caramelize away.

On Thanksgiving, in my mind the pumpkin pie suddenly becomes “the healthy one” vis à vis the pecan pie. For the sake of balance, I make sure to enjoy a sliver of both.

Classic Pecan Pie

Classic Pecan Pie
From the side of the KARO Light Corn Syrup bottle

Serves 8


1 cup light corn syrup
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) pecans
1 unbaked 9-inch deep dish pie crust


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Stir the first 5 ingredients thoroughly using a spoon. Mix in pecans. Pour into pie crust. Bake on center rack of oven for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool for 2 hours.

Tips from KARO: Pie is done when center reaches 200°F. Tap center surface of pie lightly; it should spring back when done. For easy cleanup, spray pie pan with cooking spray. If pie crust is over-browning, cover edges with foil.

* The recipe doesn’t specify salted or unsalted butter, but since no other salt is called for I chose to use salted butter.

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Amy (Sing For Your Supper) November 13, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Great post!! And great looking pie! I love When Harry Met Sally!!! Did you know that entire scene was ad-libbed? Billy Crystal just starts going off into this character and the director tells Meg Ryan to just go with it! Love it!


Kathy November 13, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Yet one more reason I love that movie 🙂


Memoria November 13, 2009 at 12:11 PM

YUM!!!! I would much more prefer this pie over pumpkin any day! 😀 What a great photo.
.-= Memoria´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Meal/Recipe List =-.


Scorpio Woman November 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM

wow great photos 🙂 I love pecan pie. And your plate is beautiful 🙂
.-= Scorpio Woman´s last blog ..Friday, time for a drink? =-.


Sharlotte December 24, 2009 at 6:37 AM

All great recipes have the oven temp required in them, update to show oven temprature.


Kathy December 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

I couldn’t agree with you more and hadn’t realized the omission until now. The recipe is now updated – thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!


Jen May 25, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Perhaps this is a dumb question but do you use salted or unsalted pecans?


Kathy Strahs May 25, 2016 at 11:50 AM

I’ve never actually seen salted pecans! But I would use unsalted. 🙂 ~ Kathy


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