Southern Pecan Pie & A Surprise For Amber

by Kate on August 19, 2013

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Today I have the pleasure of being a guest in celebrating my friend Amber of Bluebonnets & Brownies and the little boy that she has on the way. Surprise Amber!! I met Amber not really by chance but by my design. At first I followed Amber on Twitter and loved her recipes and her tweets. She just seemed like such a nice person. I remember she sent out a message to the Twitterverse one day saying she was gearing up to teach her very first cooking class and guess what?? Turns out this awesome Texan chick lived right near me here in New Jersey. So wouldn’t you know, I signed right up for her Tex-Mex Tasty course. I love Tex-Mex! And who better to learn from than someone who is so very passionate about Texan history, culture and of course, food?

Amber's Baby ShowerAnd boy, did I learn A LOT!! Her mother’s salsa recipe?? The best I’ve ever tasted! Getting that recipe alone was worth the class fee. But most importantly, I had the pleasure of meeting Amber who I now proudly call my friend. She’s such an incredibly giving, nurturing, talented person who can cook her pants off! So here we’re all gathered today to cook for her. Not all her blogger friends have the good fortune to live so close to her but we all wanted to come together and show Amber how much we love her with this virtual baby shower. What’s a baby shower without food?

I remember reading as Amber wrote about her Southern Pecan Milkshakes that pecans are a cash crop in Texas and that pecan pie is a Texan specialty. It also happens to be one of my very favorite pies, much like Amber’s father. How I’ve not posted a recipe for pecan pie here before now is beyond me but it’s high time I did it. And I can think of no better occasion than in celebration of my dear sweet friend Amber and her beautiful baby boy who I cannot wait to meet!

Pecan Pie -

Knowing how conscious Amber is of what goes into our food, she is definitely NOT a fan of high fructose corn syrup so here you’ll find I used cane sugar syrup. This pie is decadent, sticky sweet filled with crunchy, butter pecans just like a good pecan pie should be. It’s outstanding and will make you want to lick your plate. Yup, it’s that kind of pie. A scoop of vanilla ice cream takes it over the top.

Amber, my friend, I wish you nothing but a world of happiness and I can’t wait to meet the little miracle who has already brought you such joy.

There’s plenty of celebrating in honor of Amber and the new addition to their family today along with tons of wonderful recipes. So don’t forget to go see what everyone else brought to the virtual baby shower!

Sugarcrafter | Breakfast Tostadas
My Kitchen Addiction | Baby Texan Cookies
My Baking Addiction | Texas Sheet Cake
Simple Bites | Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa
Stetted | Queso Mac
Food for My Family | Texas Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Dessert For Two | Frito Chocolate Chip Cookies
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Coconut Tres Leches Layer Cake
TidyMom | Pizza Bread Sticks
Miss in the Kitchen | Blackberry Milkshakes
Art of Gluten Free Baking | Peach-Pecan Pie, Gluten-Free
Bon Appetit Hon | Cheddar Ranch Crackers
Food Babbles | Southern Pecan Pie
Jelly Toast | Peach Iced Tea
Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle | Decorated Elephant Cookies
i am baker | Texas Brownie Cake
The Kitchen Trials | Coca-Cola Cake
Cookies & Cups | Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies
A Farmgirl’s Dabbles | Peanut Butter Bonbons the Size of Texas



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Southern Pecan Pie

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Southern Pecan Pie

Classic pecan pie with crunchy, buttery pecans and a perfectly gooey filling that's even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup cane sugar syrup
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups halved pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a baking sheet on lower rack of the oven to catch any drips.
  2. Roll the dough to a 10-inch circle and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Crimp edges decoratively. Place the pie plate fitted with the crust into the freezer while you prepare the filling.
  3. Warm the cane sugar syrup slightly in the microwave at 50% power until it becomes a pourable consistency. Cool slightly if too hot, so as to not end up with scrambled eggs. In a medium bowl, whisk together can sugar syrup, dark brown sugar, eggs, salt, melted butter and vanilla extract until completely combined. Stir in the pecans until evenly coated.
  4. Remove crust from freezer and pour filling into the pie plate. Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.


Adapted from The Kitchn

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

shelly (cookies and cups) August 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

You know I have never made a Pecan Pie! I need to change that situation today 🙂 This looks fantastic!


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks Shelly!


Amanda August 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

This pie looks great and I am sure is beyond scrumptious! Love reading about how you know Amber and what an impact she has made. I am now in dire need of a group hug. 🙂


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Group hug!!! Count me in! I loved reading everyone’s posts and the love we all share for that wonderful woman.


Tracy August 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

This pie looks incredible, Kate – and even more so that it has no HFCS in it! Thank you so much for bringing it along to Amber’s shower!!


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Thanks Tracy! And thank you guys for doing such a wonderful job of organizing such a wonderful day for Amber. I’m so happy to have been a part of it.


steph@stephsbitebybite August 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

It doesn’t get much better than pecan pie!!


Emily August 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

Kate, this pie looks awesome! I LOVE pecan pie!! For some reason, I never make it for myself, though. I will need to change that and make yours!


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Thanks Emily! I’ve only made it a handful of times but it’s one of my favorites. I probably don’t make it more often for myself because I would surely eat it all 😉


Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies August 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

Kate, you are so kind to do double duty baby showers! That cooking class was so much fun, and I have to tell you, it was so amazingly special to have someone from Twitter attend. That we’ve become friends since then is just such a gift. You have nailed this pie – pecan pie is one of my favorites too, and I can’t believe we didn’t know that about each other before now. I can’t wait for you to meet EJ either, and I hope the girls like him too. 😉


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I know we will all love that little boy! I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed both your showers. I’ve just now finished reading everyone’s posts and the overwhelming love that we all have for you is so apparent in everyone’s words. You are so very special to all of us, Amber!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 19, 2013 at 11:24 am

Oh, yum! Pecan pie is perfect for the baby shower, and this one looks just perfect. Thanks so much for joining in on the baby shower fun!


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Thanks so much for inviting me! What a fun experience and I really enjoyed sharing that experience not only with Amber but all of you as well. It was a lovely event filled with so many delicious recipes.


Cookbook Queen August 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I neeeeeeed this pie. Like in the worst way ever.


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Ha! I love your enthusiasm for pecan pie 😉


Audra | The Baker Chick August 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

What a beautiful pie and a sweet shower for Amber! I love pecan pie and will be bookmarking this recipe for sure!!


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Thanks so much Audra! I adore pecan pie and it seems so very appropriate for a Texan baby shower. Hope you’re feeling well with your little bun!


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles August 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I love a good pecan pie, although I’ll admit to never making one myself (yet!). You did a beautiful job. So very happy to celebrate with Amber!!


Kate August 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Thanks so much Brenda! I loved being a part of the shower and sharing in our love of Amber, James and Evan.


Aimee Wimbush-Bourque August 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Any time is a good time for pecan pie and Amber’s shower is sweeter because of it!


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen August 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

This looks like such a decadent pecan pie! So perfect for Amber’s shower!


suzanne August 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Love pecan pie, your pie looks delicious and congratulations to Amber!


Kate August 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Thank you Suzanne!! It’s one of my favorite classic pies.


DessertForTwo August 20, 2013 at 8:20 am

Oh, it’s so beautiful! I love it!

It was fun celebrating Amber with you 🙂


TidyMom August 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I love your Amber story…..and the pie is to die for!


Kate August 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Thanks so much!


sweetsugarbelle August 21, 2013 at 2:07 am

There’s nothing better than pecan pie! I wish I were really sitting down to a slice right now!


Kate August 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I really wish I had some left to sit down to also 😉 Thanks!


Jeanne August 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Ooo, yum! This is one of my very favorite pies. And I love that you used cane syrup instead of corn syrup–perfect! I’m so glad that we all got to celebrate Amber in this fun way!


Kate August 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

It really was a fun way to celebrate Amber! I loved reading everyones Amber stories. And thank you! I’m so happy you like this pie.


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