Monday, November 29, 2010

The one where I woke up on the wrong side of the brain…

There was more than just a perfect turkey when we visited Dawn’s Dad last week. There was a perfect pecan pie. Per-fect! So perfect, I had to make one once we got home, because the 3/4 of the pie at Dawn’s Dad’s house was not enough for CGMan.

CGMan loves many a food. I can’t really remember him saying “No thanks” to anything. And pecan pie is his absolute favorite. Those people who do silly things for a Klondike bar, have nothing on what CGMan will do for a pecan pie.

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I have made pecan pies for this man every year since we’ve been married. I use the secret recipe on the back of the Karo syrup bottle. Well, that just doesn’t compare to a secret family recipe. And hello?? I have been family for 45 years, why am I just now being allowed this recipe?

In my excitement to make a perfect pecan pie, I did not take pictures along the way to share with you. No worries, though. I have already been asked a gazillion times when I am going to make another one. Stay tuned.

One of the things that makes a pecan pie perfect, is it’s presentation. I watched my dad place pecan halves all over the top of the pie. I just knew this was the secret to perfect pie and I set about making mine the same way.

As I was putting on the pecans, I was thinking to myself that it was kinda hard. I kept dropping the pecans and having to dig them out of the pie to reset them on top, side by side. Daddy made it look so easy! I really wanted this to be as perfect a pie as his, so I plodded along.

It wasn’t until I was about half way around, that I realized why I was having such difficulty putting on these stupid pecans. I was doing it just like Daddy did!

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Dawn’s Dad is LEFT HANDED.

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Once I figured that out, it was so much easier to handle those pecans with my right hand.

And yes, I made a perfect pecan pie!

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Take that, peanut brittle!

13 comments:

  1. That IS a beautiful presentation. Can I confess here to you that I've never, not even one time, had pecan pie? Does that make you want to bake one for me????

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  2. All those pecans clearly made CGMan a little nutty!

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  3. My favorite pie. I have one on the counter now.

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  4. Uh Oh 3/4 pecan pie sounds like to me he will need a LOT more hikes. (loooong ones)

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  5. Wow, that looks wonderful. I remember eating pecan pie years ago and not really like it but that picture makes me willing to try again!

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  6. The secret recipe on the back of the Karo syrup bottle is the one we use too. It is a MUST have for any holiday meal around our house. Cute pics and awesome looking pie!

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  7. We had a crisp, an apple pie, pumpkin pie and a pecan pie for Thanksgiving. Guess which one went first? The pecan of course!

    Your husband has great taste.

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  8. Pecan Pie is my absolute favorite. And that, Dawn, is a thing of beauty. I've never seen such a work of art in a pecan pie.

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  9. I guess I didn't realize I had developed the secret family recipe for pecan pie. I would have shared it long before now. You did do me proud though, even if you did have to do it right handed.

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  10. That looks glorious! I love pecans but good pecan pies aren't really available in my neck of the woods. So, I too have never tasted the pie.

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  11. Outstanding job! Your food photos always rock it, Dawn! As do your recipes!

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  12. I made one for the first time last week. I used dark karo syrup and it didn't seem right to me. We still ate it.

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  13. This is where I must peel off, pecan is my least favorite pie.

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