This recipe was submitted by Pam Blanchard of Plaquemine, Louisiana and serves 6-8 people.
* 1 (9 inch) pie shell, partially baked
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1-1/4 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup light corn syrup
* 3 eggs, slightly beaten
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1-1/2 cups pecans
* Prepare partially baked pie shell (bake for 3 or 4 minutes at 450°).
* Cook butter, sugar, and corn syrup over low heat until butter melts (do NOT let mixture boil). After cooking, allow the mixture to cool slightly.
* Stir in eggs and mix well.
* Add vanilla and pecans.
* Pour filling into pie crust.
* Bake at 375°F for 40-45 minutes (pie should still be soft in the center when removed from oven).
Basic Pie Crust (Yields 2 9" crusts)
* Basic Pie Crust Ingredients
o 2 cups flour
o 1 teaspoon salt
o 2/3 cup shortening
o 1/4 cup cold water
* Basic Pie Crust Cooking Instructions
o Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
o Cut shortening into flour until mixture is the consistency of a course meal.
o Add water, mixing until dough forms a ball.
o Roll between 2 sheets of was paper or on lightly floured pastry cloth or board.
o For baked shell, prick with a fork and cook 10-12 minutes at 450°F.
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