To get started with this awesome pie, you will start with the caramel sauce first as it takes a long time. There are other ways to make caramel but since you’re in the kitchen anyhow preparing & baking this pie, this is a great time to try this recipe. It does not need a lot of babysitting like most caramel recipes.
To make the caramel topping, place one can of sweetened condensed milk into a double boiler. I just used a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water in it & then put a smaller saucepan on top of it and added the sweetened condensed milk into the top saucepan. I have a double boiler but son, age 15, puts away my dishes. ‘Nuf said.
Cover and place on medium low heat. Just call me the queen of make-shift. For now you are done. Just keep a spoon handy to stir once & awhile. This will simmer for a total of about 1 1/2 hours.
Yeah, I know. Did I mention that the blade to my food processor is missing too?
For the pie, smear a little butter inside a 9 inch pie plate then line with crust. I used store-bought this time. 😀
Place these ingredients into a medium bowl:
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
Time to check on caramel & give it a stir! Yay! It’s browning nicely!
Back to the pie filling… stir ingredients.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the star of the show – pecans – to filling.
Pour pie filling into pie crust & bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Bake another 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
After pie is in oven, check on caramel & give it another stirsies for good measure.
After about 45 minutes, you will have your own lovely like this one. Notice the sugary filling that boiled up over the crust giving it a shiny glazed sheen. I added some more pecans after baking for that extra touch right after I took the pie out of the oven.
I finish up the caramel sauce with about 3 tablespoons of creme de cacao. Just stir it in when caramel is finished browning.
I went a little nuts over this pie. It became dinner. That’s what happens when foodie bloggers get so excited about what they’re blogging. They forget about lunch, finish their work at 5pm and eat dessert for dinner. I’m feeling pretty lucky after this pretty pie. Maybe I’ll find my double boiler and food processor blade.