Butter Pecan Pie

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Butter Pecan Pie

Butter Pecan Pie This pecan pie is buttery, rich and delicious. Cooking the filling gives it a more complex flavor, as well as a smoother texture.

Ingredients of Butter Pecan Pie
The Crust
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (plus additional for rolling)
1 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup ice water

The Filling
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups pecans (halves and pieces)
1 cup golden brown sugar
1 scant cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Vanilla ice cream or lightly whipped cream

Method of Butter Pecan Pie
To prepare the crust:

Combine the 1 1/2 cups flour and the salt in a food processor and mix briefly. Gradually add the butter to the flour mixture while pulsing the processor on and off, until the butter is cut into pieces the size of small peas. With the processor running, gradually add the ice water and process until large clumps form. Remove the dough from the processor, shape into a ball, and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour.

Let the dough soften slightly at room temperature. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 13-inch round. Carefully transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie pan. Trim any dough hanging over the edge. Crimp the edges decoratively. Freeze for 10 minutes.
To prepare the filling:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the pecans, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, flour and salt in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Cool 15 minutes.
Whisk the eggs and vanilla into the filling. Pour the filling into the pie shell.

Bake 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until the custard has set and the nuts rise to the surface, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool for at least 45 minutes. Serve with ice cream or lightly whipped cream.