It isn't the holidays without pecan pie on the table—but you don't need to load up on fat or calories to get a lot of taste. These nutty pies and tarts offer clever and lighter twists on this classic dessert.
November 05, 2018
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11 Nearly Perfect Pecan Pie Recipes
These nutty pies and tarts offer clever and lighter twists on this classic dessert.
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Easy as Pie
Very little says "holiday dessert" like pecan pie. In this collection you'll find all sorts of unique pecan pies and tarts that will have your family begging for the recipe.
Honey's sweet-tangy touch is countered by bittersweet chocolate in this twist on traditional pecan pie. If you'd like a more casual pie, you can make this in a 9-inch pie plate; you'll probably need to bake the filling an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
Our 100% whole-grain pie shaves more than one-third of the sugar and calories off the classic, and it cuts saturated fat in half. Toasting the pecans intensifies their flavor and adds notes of caramel.
Brown rice syrup is a sweetener with a soft, delicate flavor. It is sold in jars in the baking section of large supermarkets or health-food stores. You can substitute dark corn syrup in its place. You can make and freeze the unbaked crust up to a week ahead; bake the pie up to a day in advance, and refrigerate. Remove it from the refrigerator about an hour before you plan to serve it.
Make the tart a day ahead, and store it in the refrigerator. You can use a 9-inch pie plate instead: simply roll the dough to a 13-inch circle, fold the edges under, and flute.
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Pecan and Date Pie
The unexpected addition of dates to this classic pie gives the filling more body and a smooth sweetness. Don't use packaged chopped dates, which are rolled in sugar. Instead, use moist and sticky whole dates. Coat your knife with cooking spray for easy chopping.