Thanksgiving Dinner really wouldn't be the same without pie. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, I am really not that picky. Any pie will do. This year I thought I would try a new recipe for pecan pie, and found the one below on Allrecipe.com. It does not call for any corn syrup, the turned out lovely because of it - just the right amount of sweetness without making your teeth hurt. I did use far more nuts than the recipe called for, and it was a hit.
On a related but totally different note, the boys and I have become part of a local social justice and volunteering co-op within our home school group. Basically, it is a group of families who are all interested in helping our kids to become more active in our communities (locally and globally) and taking on projects that can help to make our world a better place. We are called The Change-Makers - can I tell you how much I love the name?!?! Anyway, here is the connection: another mom who is part of the Change Makers posted about a community Thanksgiving Dinner for people in need where she and her kids were volunteering as servers. They asked if any of us were interested in helping with the cooking.......gee, a community dinner, a new pecan pie recipe, kids who love to get their hands on the rolling pin......
The end result was an evening spent in a house full of kids (mine the the neighbours), lots of fun, a delicious smelling home, and six proudly made pecan pies ready to go to others who will enjoy them. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 cups pecans
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl beat the eggs until foamy. Beat in melted butter, sugars, and flour. Lastly, add milk, vanilla, and chopped pecans (saving some pecans to garnish the top).
Pour into an unbaked 9-inch pie shell and top with remaining pecans.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn oven down to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30 - 40 minutes until centre of the pie is set.
Serve warm or cool, with fresh whipped cream, ice cream, or just a big glass of milk.