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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays….
In my family, it’s always been a big affair hosted at my parents’ house with lots of family and friends. The crew changes from year to year but there’s always a core group of us.
Anyway…. this is all to say that my mom wants new members at the table to feel at home, so she always asks their favorite dish.
Years ago, when I was in college, I had a friend visiting for Thanksgiving and all this person wanted was pecan pie.
Pecan pie wasn’t part of our repertoire of desserts at that point but my mom said sure (!) and set about finding the best pecan pie recipe she could.
This recipe came from my aunt who got it from the Wayside Inn in Virginia and it has been part of our Thanksgiving ever since.
It is one of the easiest pies I’ve ever made and it is really yummy!
It has a simple classic pie shell (we use ready-made gluten-free pie crusts these days as there are many delicious options) and the filling is just the right amount sweet, slightly gooey and packed with pecans!
The filling is just 6 ingredients: pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and a touch of butter.
And since I’m always asked what ready-made gluten-free pie crusts we like, here are two of our favorites: Whole Foods gluten-free pie crust and Wholly Gluten-Free pie crusts.
They are both readily available in stores near us, both have nice flavors and hold together well.
Are there any ready-made gluten-free pie crusts you love?
Back to the pecan pie… it comes together super quickly!
You first beat the eggs until they’re well combined, then add in the maple syrup and brown sugar and beat until the mix is a little frothy.
Add in the vanilla, butter and pecans and you are set!
Pour into the ready-made pie crust and top with a few whole or crushed pecans and bake!
Super yummy! And a perfect addition to Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert!
Hope you love it as much as we do!
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