Pecan Pie

The Best Pecan Pie EVER from My Dad

Don May 1924-2007
My Dad – Awesome Baker , Awesome Dad!

Okay…admittedly it’s not a great quality photo but the smile is! In his later years my Dad honed his baking skills and produced pies and breads that we would all clamor for. The textures and flavors were out of this world. He really had the touch.

Dad's Cookbook
Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

Among my most treasured possession are Dad’s cookbooks. One in particular is pure gold! He has written notes and added leaflets from companies such as Roger’s Flour (which he swore by).
Collected Recipes
Collected Recipes

Dad’s Pecan pie was the best I ever tasted! HANDS DOWN! (My Son and I were found in the kitchen eating frozen slices because we just couldn’t wait LOL!) Why was it so good? He had two secrets:

1) Don’t over handle your pastry. Just combine it, roll it and piece it together if you have to. When you handle it too much you slowly start to incorporate the little bits of lard with the flour. When the lard is left to do it’s job your finished crust is so flaky! Dad always used the recipe from Tenderflake Lard.

2) Toast the pecans. This brings out their flavor! Well worth the effort.

How to Toast Pecans:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

Spread pecans evenly over a cookie sheet and place in oven for 10 minutes. Remove the pecans from the oven and stir them, turning them over as you go. Put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes. WATCH THEM! If they start to turn too dark pull them out. Let them cool and add to your recipe.

Pecan Pie
Dad's Best Ever Pecan Pie
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This pie is an improved version from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. Of course Dad experimented until it was just right.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Pecan Pie
Dad's Best Ever Pecan Pie
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
This pie is an improved version from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. Of course Dad experimented until it was just right.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For filling, in a mixing bowl beat eggs lightly with a rotary beater or fork until combined. Stir in corn syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla. Stir well. Stir in pecan halves.
  2. Place a pastry-lined 9-inch pie plate on the oven rack. Pour the filling into the pastry-lined pie plate. Cover edge of pie with foil. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove foil; bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or till a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool pie on a wire rack. Cover and chill to store.
Recipe Notes

A very Canadian and tasty variation of this recipe is Maple Pecan Pie. Simply substitute maple syrup or maple flavored syrup for the corn syrup. Delish!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Wide Economy Lace Edging

Wide Economy Lace Edgin
Wide Economy Lace Edging project and tutorial

Sometimes you just need to do something different. I’ve been cutting (….and cutting and cutting) denim for a king-sized quilt (more on this another day). My hands needed a break so I decided to start some edging for the pillow cases and sheets. Honestly, I was a little excited to start a free pattern called “Wide Economy Edging”at MyPicot.com

The picture above doesn’t do it justice. As it’s a work in progress it’s not blocked. So pretty! The widest part measures about five inches. I’ve never owned or made lace edged sheets and pillow cases. OH the luxury! Hopefully the large lace will accent the denim and create a cozy vintage feel.

Learn to Read a Crochet Diagram on my Pinterest Board: Lace, Doilies and Edgings.

I have no idea who made the crochet cotton or even what size it is. Sorry… it’s a few balls from my Mom’s old stash. Whatever you use, just play around with crochet hooks until you have the gauge you want. I highly recommend following the link to the .pdf file for the diagram. The written instructions are very hard to follow if you are a newbie crocheter. I have crocheted for years and had to frog and redo many sections until it looked right. I emailed the site for permission to reproduce the pattern to share with you. Once I hear back I will post it with my changes.

Free Sewing Tutorial: Re-purpose Old Jeans

The Man Purse
The Man Purse – Murse

It seemed like my husband was constantly “misplacing” his glasses, keys, tech toys, etc. One day out of sheer desperation I decided he needed a bag of some sort. So, from an old pair of raggy jeans and some left over blue cotton, the Murse was born. Enjoy this free sewing tutorial.

This project was a lot of fun! I took the basic idea from re-cycle, re-create, re-love…. You’ll notice that I pieced it a little differently.

Interior of the Murse
Interior of the Murse

I added more pockets to help my DH organize his things.
Fun pockets
Fun pockets.

And of course I had to add some of his personality to his Murse. He’s truly and happily a geek. LOL!
Embroidered patch
Embroidered patch – Talk Nerdy to Me

What I would change:
- use a nice stiff piece of interfacing in the front body of the bag. It’s just too wobbly.
– put a zipper or some type of closure on any pocket you add to the flap. LOL!

Got an shabby old pair of jeans that have been mended once to often? Don’t throw them away! Re-purpose them. Have fun! Add your personal touches and you have a rugged project that will last years.

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