Pecan Pie

pecan-pieCrust:
1 ¼ cup flour
1 tbsp. cornmeal
½ cup butter, cut in cubes
½ tsp. salt
3-4 tbsp. water
4-5 tbsp. extra flour

Place flour, cornmeal, butter and salt in a food processor. Mix for about 1-2 minutes, until a sand-like mixture forms. Slowly add water until the mix forms a ball of dough. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for half an hour.

Preheat oven to 375°. Roll dough into an 11-inch round on a floured surface. Place dough into a 9-inch pie tin. Use your fingers to have the dough fit firmly into the pan. Use either a fork or your fingers to make a decorative edge. Prick dough with a fork and line the dough-filled pie pan with aluminum foil.

Fill the lined pan with dried bean or pie weights. Bake for 8-10 minutes, then remove foil and beans/pie weights and bake uncovered for another 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Filling:
1 ¼ cup of pecans
1 cup dark corn syrup
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3 eggs

Mix all of the above ingredients together with a whisk until well blended. Add 1 ¼ cups of pecans.

Place filling into baked pie crust. Place in the oven for 1 hour. Remove and cool completely before serving. Add a dollop of whipped cream is desired. Serves 6-8.

Courtesy: The Smith College Club of New York City’s More Cooking with Pecans