Decadent Pecan Pie
I don't remember where I had pecan pie for the first time, but I do remember it was served piping hot with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the side and it was divine! Since pecan pie with vanilla ice cream has been a favorite dessert of mine. I make it often when I have friends over for dinner and it is a favorite of my friend V. In fact whenever we have a potluck and I ask what I should bring, my friend V pipes up with "Pecan Pie". For her baby shower I asked what do you feel like eating and pat came the reply "Pecan Pie"! It makes me very happy because it is a VERY easy dessert to prepare if you have ingredients at hand - more so since I use a store bought pie crust. In fact I am having second thoughts about posting this because now all my friends who are impressed with the pie will come to know how easy it really is :-)
1 9-inch pie crust (unbaked)
1 cup Karo Corn syrup (I use the dark variety but the light one would be just fine)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar (original recipe calls for 1 cup, but I find it gets too sweet)
1 cup chopped pecans + about 3/4 cup whole pecans for decoration on top.
Mix all ingredients except the whole pecans well by hand.
Pour into the pie crust.
Arrange the whole pecans in concentric circles on top (or in any manner you like).
Bake at 350° F for about 50 min or till the center is firm. You could insert a toothpick in the center to check if it done.
I didn’t have any ice cream at home when I made this and tried it with some whipped cream. That tasted really good too.