Every year, Aba Rosi, (my mother-in-law) makes her famous Pecan Pies for Thanksgiving. Each year, the week she’s baking, her house smells of warm vanilla and sweet pecans roasting. If you are visiting, the feeling that the holiday season is near fills the air the moment you walk in the door and instantly transports you to a happy place.
She makes dozens of these pies and she hands them out to her family and friends as a sign of affection and gratitude you are in her life. It’s a tradition she carries on from her Mother (using her recipe from many years ago) and when asked “What makes them so good?” she will answer, “I just make them with a lot of love.”
We look forward to those pies every Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season with our loved ones every year — even if this year may look a little different for many of us. With the Coronavirus pandemic still looming, many of us are considering skipping family gatherings or having much more intimate celebrations in order to keep everyone safe. And while it’s with the best intentions, there’s no denying that it weighs heavy on our hearts to stay away from family after such a hard year.
But there are still ways to make those near to us feel loved and special — especially maybe those grandparents or older family members that are unable to participate in order to keep them safe. Small gestures, like dropping off a pie or their favorite dish can go the distance to brighten up someone’s day this time of year.
So, whether you are skipping out on Thanksgiving or just wanting to make someone near you like a co-worker, teacher, or a friend feel special this year, l’m sharing Aba Pou’s Easy Pecan Pie Recipe with you below, in case you want to bake some of that yummy goodness that I’m talking about for yourself.
I also designed these “Piedemic” Pie Tags to attach to those pies, which I’ve included on here for a free download — and don’t worry, those still work even if you decide to just buy a pie and skip out on the baking. LOL. Click Here to Download
I recommend printing the tags on cardstock for tags to hang on twine or on printable sticker paper for sticker tags. If you have a Cricut, you can save the page as a jpeg once you download and the machine will do the cutting for you. Happy Crafting!
Aba’s Pecan Pie Recipe
- Pillsbury Pie Crust (Premade)
- 3 Whole Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Flour
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 Cup Light Karo Corn Syrup
- 1 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat the eggs in a large bowl.
- Add flour, syrup, salt and sugar to the bowl and mix together with the eggs.
- Add the butter and pecans and mix coating all of the pecans in the filling mixture.
- Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake at 350 degrees for about 45-50 mins or until the top is golden and brown.
- Enjoy. Each pie yields about 12 servings.
And let me know, are you doing anything different due to the situation for Thanksgiving this year? Or have you found new ways to make those around you feel like they are together but staying safe apart?
Comment below, I would love to hear about them.