7/26/14

Mother's Pecan Pie

I can never remember any time my mother baked one single pie at a time. She only baked in multiples, and often when expecting company she baked more than one variety, lest someone not have their favorite. Countless apple, chocolate, and pecan pies have been pulled from her oven, and I have that Pecan Pie recipe to share today.

I have wanted to share this recipe for several weeks now, but I have hesitated each time I sat down to write about it. The Pecan Pie recipe is just one of many keepsakes that came into my possession when my sister and I had the sad task of going through Mother's belongings. Mother's heart gave out, and she passed away in June.

I think of her each day, and I know I'll remember how much she enjoyed baking every time I use this recipe to bake her Pecan Pie.



Her recipe is written on an index card, and it has no directions. Many of Mother's recipes were like this. She simply remembered the instructions. I suppose if I baked these as often as she did, I MIGHT remember the instructions, too, maybe. Or maybe not.


The pecans I used for my pie came from Mother's freezer. She had her freezers well stocked with fruit and vegetables from her garden, along with these pecans she had shelled. Most of the food in her two freezers will be donated, but two bags of her pecans went home with me for baking.




Mother's Pecan Pie
(instructions are mine)

3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans

1 unbaked pie crust for 9-inch pie plate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, butter, and brown sugar; mix well. Add corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt; stir until well mixed. Stir in pecans. Pour into unbaked pastry shell. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, or until center springs back when touched. Shield the edges of the pastry with aluminum foil for about the last 20 minutes of baking to prevent over-browning. Cool on a wire rack.



Mother's last birthday was her 89th in March. She enjoyed a party at church with family and friends. Three ministers spoke at her funeral, and all three of them referred to the abundance of food Mother always brought to the monthly potluck dinners. Someone asked me as I stood by her casket at the funeral home if anyone had her Yeast Roll recipe. I assured them that I did. Lots of people are going to miss my mother, especially me.

14 comments:

  1. My condolences on the loss of your Mum, she looks and sounds like a great lady.

    Thanks so much for sharing the pecan pie recipe, it is one of the things on my to bake list.

    Helenxx

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    1. Thank you, Helen, Mother would be so happy to know her recipe was being used. I hope you will enjoy it!

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  2. Anita, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I am glad you have a few treasured recipes as well as a life time of special memories. Please take care.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. One of my best memories is that of Mother letting me cook when I was a little girl.

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  3. Anita,
    My deepest sympathy to your and your family on the passing of your dear Mother. In reading about her, she reminded me somewhat of my own Mother. Those ladies were awesome cooks and like your Mother, wrote recipes with no directions, but what a legacy they left us.
    May God be with you as you continue this journey.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen. I'm so glad that I watched her cook as I grew up, or I might not know what to do with some of her recipes that are just lists of ingredients. Unlike me, Mother rarely looked at a recipe when she cooked.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. Its so wonderful when legacies can be passed on thru our loved ones recipes.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. I will treasure these hand written recipes that Mother left, and I also have her rolling pin as another special keepsake.

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  5. What a precious way to share your mom with us through her favorite recipes. I'm sure she was such a delightful person, and I know you miss her greatly! This recipe looks amazing! I love pecan pie, and so when I make this I'll fondly think of her:)
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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    1. Thank you, Leslie. I hope you enjoy her pecan pie as much as I do.

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  6. Your Mom reminds me of my Granny, my Grandma and my Mom. We were/are Blessed to have/had such ladies in our lives. That pie is similar to what I ate as a kid.

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    1. Thanks, Debra. Yes, I was indeed fortunate to have a mom like this, and two wonderful grandmothers as well.

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  7. This looks amazing! I never can get pecan pie right I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Mother's recipe is easy and very good, I hope you love it Ashley!

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