The Best Pecan Pie

by Sarah

in Dairy-Free, Desserts, Pies

I am convinced this is the best pecan pie I have eaten, or made. It’s chewy inside, with crunchy pecans on top. The flavor is mildly sweet to bring out the taste of the nuts, and to keep you coming back for seconds. Sarah's Pecan Pie - best pecan pie recipe

I made this pecan pie for a Christmas dinner with family friends, and the response from the mommies was astoundingly pleasant (rare! These ladies aren’t usually into desserts because they’re not healthy). I had brought a blueberry cake and this pecan pie, and at the end of the night, this pie was definitely the winner.

Initially, I had made pecan pie earlier in the week (chocolate bottomed!). But it was so sweet, my mother banned me from making pecan pies the rest of winter break. Luckily I had already made two pie crusts, so under the argument that I had to use the second crust, this pie was born. In response to her complaint about the sugar overload in pies, I made this pie without adding sugar.

Doesn’t that just sound gross? I thought so at first. Except it tastes even better without the 1 cup of sugar I almost dumped into the filling. The maple syrup is naturally sweet and gives this pie a delicious sweet taste that isn’t too overwhelming and keeps people coming back for seconds.

Sarah's Pecan Pie - best pecan pie recipe

The three eggs in the pie also give the filling a spongy texture, the perfect contrast to the crispy top. To keep the pie edges from overbaking, I first baked with foil on the pie edges. I’d read about this in cookbooks – and it worked wonders keeping this crust from being over cooked.

Sarah’s Pecan Pie

Sarah’s Pecan Pie


  • 1 pie crust recipe
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans for top design
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Make crust
  2. Preheat oven to 350F and butter and flour pie pan. Thaw crust and roll out into a circle slightly larger than the top of your pie pan.
  3. Lay crust into pie pan, and fold edges under themselves. Crimp edges and pierce bottom and sides of crust with a fork.
  4. Chop 1 cup pecans, and mix with 1 cup maple syrup, 3 beaten eggs, vanilla. Pour filling into pie crust.
  5. Add remaining pecans on the top of the filling, in a circular fashion.
  6. Cover crust edges with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10-20 minutes until the center is not jiggly and edges are golden brown.

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1 Gay March 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

This looks great and so easy will let you know how it turns out!


2 Sarah March 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Yay! hope it turns out well, let me know how it goes!


3 Thalia @ butter and brioche November 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

This pecan pie looks so perfect and delicious.. you definitely can cut me a slice right now!!


4 Sarah November 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Thanks Thalia! If you’re ever over in California, I’ll save a slice for you!


5 Nagi@RecipeTinEats May 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm

I was looking for a pecan pie recipe (I have never made one before!) and came across this!! THIS Is the one I am going to use!! N x


6 Sarah May 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I’m glad you like it! Let me know how it goes! :) This is the pie I make for Thanksgiving.


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