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Thanksgiving

I discovered Thanksgiving when I spent my first year in Louisiana. There is nothing more reminiscent of Thanksgiving to me than a pecan pie. One bite into the buttery crust, the gooey custard, and the crunchy nuts, and I'm transported back in time, around a table filled with mashed sweet potatoes, sausage and oyster stuffing, and home-baked sourdough bread.







PASTRY DOUGH
2 cups all-purpose flour (250 grams)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil or butter, softened
1/3 cup  warm water

FILLING
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups pecan halves
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs

DIRECTIONS
Make the crust. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together and knead just long enough to combine them well. Shape dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and let rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork and set aside.
In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture. Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them (I set aside 25-30 pecan halves to place decoratively on top of the filling). Bake until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely. 


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