Despite its popularity during the holiday season, someone thought it would be a good idea to throw Pecan Pie Day into the middle of the summer. We’re not going to put up a fight — give us any excuse to eat pie, and we’re okay with it — so, naturally, we’re celebrating this prestigious occasion with a recipe. [photo via allrecipes]
Honestly, pecan pies have been an American dessert staple for so long that everyone probably has their own family-secret recipe hidden away somewhere. But, on the off-chance that you don’t, there’s no need to worry: We have a great recipe for you.
Unfortunately for everyone, the deliciousness of pecan pie comes with a price. Because the pie is made primarily with pecan nuts and corn syrup — or maple syrup, sugar syrup, or molasses — it’s highly caloric. You probably should have seen this coming — it’s a dessert. But the good news is that it’s definitely not necessary to use all the syrup in your recipe. In fact, you can make a pecan pie without any syrup at all and, in doing so, you’ll cut out a lot of those needless calories. And don’t think that you’ll be sacrificing taste. Whip up the following recipe, and you’ll have a delicious, lower-calorie version of pecan pie in no time.
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy, and stir in melted butter.
- Stir in the brown sugar, white sugar and the flour; mix well.
- Last, add the milk, vanilla and nuts.
- Pour into an unbaked 9-in pie shell.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until done.
If you’re really into going to extra mile to cut calories, you can prepare this pie using Splenda and other low-calorie ingredients. And if you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth a bit more, you can add different flavors to your pie, including chocolate. Yum. Get to baking! B