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Mom’s Maple Pecan Pie

My Mom’s Maple Pecan Pie has a sweet, rich custard base with a nutty, chewy top. The filling is easy to make and it has no corn syrup. I dig how the nuts start on the bottom of the pie shell but float up during baking. To me, pecans are like the underdog of baking – they rise to the top in the end.


1 ½ cups flour

½ cup butter, cold and cubed

a dash of salt if you use unsalted butter

3-4 tablespoons water, cold


4 eggs, slightly beaten

2/3 cup sugar

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon salt (or, ½ teaspoon if you use unsalted butter)

1 cup maple syrup

1-1 ½ cups unsalted pecan halves


  • Prepare pie dough for one 9" pie pan.

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and butter with your finger tips or a dough cutter until the mixture looks like soft bread crumbs.

  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of cold water at a time. Combine. Repeat until you can grab a fist full of the mixture and it keeps its shape. You may not need all of the water.

  • Form the dough into a flat disc then wrap in plastic.

  • Chill the dough in the fridge for at least a half hour.

  • Roll out the dough into one shell for a 9" pie pan.

  • Place prepared pie shell in the fridge until needed.

  • Optional. If you end up with extra dough, grab some cookie cutters to decorate the pie (or, just eat as a snack!). Place the cut shapes on a lined cookie sheet and bake at the same time as the pie. Remove from the oven when they turn golden brown; around 10 minutes before the pie is ready.


  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Beat well for several minutes until the mixture turns a pale color and the sugar dissolves.

  • Add maple syrup and salt. Mix well.

  • Slowly add eggs. Mix well.

  • Place pecan halves in the bottom of the chilled 9" pie shell.

  • Carefully pour maple mixture over nuts.

  • Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

  • Turn down oven to 350° Fahrenheit then bake for another 25-30 minutes.

  • You know the pie is done when the sides are set but center is soft.

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