Thanksgiving is coming up and it is time to start getting ready for this very special meal. This year, let’s try and bake a traditional Thanksgiving dessert: Pecan Pie. Which is a traditional Thanksgiving dish in the US, along with turkey, mashed sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie.

According to some stories, the first pecan pies were baked in Alabama, in the early 19th century. Other stories say pecan pie was invented by the French after they settled in New Orleans and discovered pecan nuts. Either way, it is a very popular Thanksgiving tradition in the US.
There is a whole range of recipes to choose from, depending on which type of sugar you like best: honey, maple syrup, molasses or glucose syrup. This time, we have picked a maple syrup-based recipe from Jeanne’s blog.

Ingredients

For the pie crust:

  • 250 g flour
  • 150 g butter, slightly melted
  • 80 g powdered sugar
  • 1 egg

For the pecan-maple syrup filling

  • 300 g shelled pecan nuts
  • 200 ml maple syrup
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 50 g butter, slightly melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

– Pie crust

1. In a bowl, combine the flour and powdered sugar. Stir in the butter and egg. Shape the dough into a ball and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees, flatten the dough and transfer it to the pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes, until the edges are slightly brown. Let cool.

– Filling

1. Chop the shelled pecans. Keep a few for decoration.

2. Preheat the oven to 360 °. Whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla extract, whisk in the butter and maple syrup and stir in the pecans.

3. Pour into the pie crust and bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream.

Translated by Céline