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Pecan and Praline Pie Recipes

Southern pies are made with love and have an unmistakable sweetness that comes from brown sugar.

I hope you will enjoy these two recipes.

Many people choose to make these pies as a nice addition to their Thanksgiving meal, but they are also excellent served any time of the year.

Southern Pecan Pie

Gather these ingredients:

• ¼ cup butter, softened
• 1 cup brown sugar
• ¼ tsp salt
• 1 cup dark Karo syrup
• 3 eggs, beaten
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 ½ cups pecan halves
• 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell

Follow these easy steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
2. Use a tall bowl to cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy
3. Add the salt, Karo syrup, eggs and vanilla
4. Sprinkle the pecans to distribute them evenly on the bottom of the pie shell.
5. Pour the filling over the pecans
6. Bake the pie for 10 minutes
7. Now reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake it for another 35 minutes
8. When you are checking to see if the time is right to remove it from the oven you will notice that the outer edges of the filling are set but the center is still slightly soft
9. And you will know when it is done when a knife inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean

Let it cool and serve the pie with a dollop of whipping cream. Don’t even consider the calorie count on this delectable pie.

Praline Pie

This pie will tempt your taste buds and you will find it difficult to have just one piece.

Gather these ingredients:

• 1/3 cup butter
• 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
• ½ cup chopped pecans
• 1 (8-inch)pie crust, lightly baked (but do not let it brown)
• 1 small box butterscotch pudding (not instant)
• Whipped topping
• Nuts for garnish

Follow these simple steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
2. In a saucepan on low heat cook and stir the butter and sugar until the sugar melts
3. Raise the heat under the pan until it boils vigorously
4. Take the pan off the stove
5. Stir in the chopped nuts
6. Pour this mixture into the crust
7. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes (it will be bubbly)
8. While it is baking prepare the pudding according to the package directions
9. While the pudding is cooling stir it twice
10. Spoon the cooled pudding into the crust
11. Chill for at least one hour
12. Serve with whipping on the top
13. Garnish the top of the whipping cream with a few chopped pecans

Sit back and wait for the compliments… they will think you slaved all day in the kitchen.

Don’t tell them how quick and easy it was.

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