February 26, 2012

Good Eatin' Texas Pecan Pie!

A small cafe on the side of the road between Alto and Nacogdoches serves up the best old fashioned country cooking in the state of Texas! Just expect a wait any time of the day. Outside it looks like a farm stand packed with farm trucks. However, once you make your way inside, you will find lots of farm and ranch type folks taking in home cooked aromas, while watching their food being cooked up in the open kitchen. There is no need for a menu....... you just get what is being cooked that day.

This is perhaps the most delicious Southern food you will taste, outside the state of Mississippi of course.  Pork chops, chicken and dressing, heavenly cornbread and homemade scratch pies that will make you want to slap your mama and kiss the dog!

Recipe from Garden of (Good) Eatin’ Country Cafe, Nacogdoches
The recipe comes from owner Dian Avriett’s grandmother.

Pecan Pie from Texas
1 uncooked deep dish 9-inch pie shell
1 1/2 cups pecans, pieces or whole
1/4 cup melted butter
4 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces light corn syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Be sure there are no holes in the bottom or sides of the pie shell and put the pecans in it. Beat melted butter, eggs, sugar, salt, and flour until well blended. Add vanilla and corn syrup. Beat until this is well mixed. Pour the batter evenly over the pecans.

Put pie in the preheated oven, reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake for approximately one hour. About half-way through the baking time, rotate pie.

The pie is done when the entire top of the pie is puffed. The edges will begin to puff first and there will be a sunken area in the middle. When the center is totally puffed up, the pie is ready. It will fall when cool. Cook slowly and don’t overcook!

1 comment:

  1. We never fail to stop when we are in Texas! The good thing/ bad thing about Texas is there are TOO many great places to eat! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!


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