A Southern Grace: two become one

November 26, 2013

two become one


It's a sad truth that marriages don't always work out, but this particular union is a happy one.

Hands down, the two most popular pies during Thanksgiving are pumpkin and pecan, at least in my experience. Wouldn't it be marvelous if we could somehow combine the two? Well, as it turns out, we most definitely can, and we can do it well.

With this pie, you get the aromatic spices and wonderful creaminess of a pumpkin pie and the sweet and sticky crunch of a pecan pie. If you pay attention to my preferences (and why wouldn't you?!), it should come as no surprise that I liked the top of the pie much more than the bottom. However, when eaten at the same time, the pecan portion makes the pumpkin part infinitely more palatable to me.

It's a very nice balance of flavors and textures, a match made in Thanksgiving heaven! Here are some more ideas in case you missed it, and not one but two pretty solid giveaways!

Pleasantly Paired Pumpkin and Pecan Pie
Adapted slightly from this recipe
Makes 6-8 servings
Pumpkin layer:
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie shell
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Pecan layer:
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the pumpkin layer, combine the pumpkin, sugar, egg, and spices in medium bowl; stir well and spread over the bottom of your pie shell.
To make the pecan layer, combine the corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract in same bowl; stir in the pecans and spoon evenly over the pumpkin layer.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until only slightly jiggly and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving (with whipped or ice cream, obviously).


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmhhh, that is an awesome creation! Your pie looks really luscious.



Angie's Recipes said...

Definitely a heavenly combo of flavours. The pie looks fabulous, Grace.

Joanne said...

These two were almost certainly meant to be. A match made in foodie heaven!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Saying it makes it so Grace. Pumpkin and pecan soon like a formidable combination.

In and Around Town said...

Wow! I love this idea! I definitely have to try this soon :)

Gloria Baker said...

OMY Im sure is a happy combo LOL
look amazing Grace!!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Mmmm two pies in one. Great idea!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This is the stuff dreams are made of! This looks irresistible

Blond Duck said...

I think that looks awesome! I'm going to try it!

Caroline Taylor said...

This looks amazing, great combination. You've made me hungry!

Von said...

I've still yet to try pecan pie (I don't think pecans are very common here- I don't see them around much) but the combination of pecans and pumpkin sounds amazingly delicious. As do your photos of course!!

I Wilkerson said...

This looks delicious Grace! BTW, I made your vanilla bean cream pie and it was wonderful. This will be an exciting new (with the traditional apple, pumpkin and pecan) variety for tomorrow! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Erica said...

What a great idea, Grace! I am not a huge pumpkin pie fan, but I loveeee pecan pie! I would love to try this recipe!Happy Thanksgiving!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Love the pumpkin=pecan crossover, the best of two delicious desserts in one :D


Amy (Savory Moments) said...

Oh wow! Two of my favorite pies (I just made both today for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow) combined into one?! Amazing!

Lyndas recipe box said...

Your pie looks lip-smacking delicious Grace......I love pumpkin, but the crunchy, gooey goodness of pecan pie is hard to beat.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Katerina said...

I think this is the juiciest pie I have ever seen! I guess this marriage has the "they lived happily ever after" ending!

Beth said...

It would be hard for me to choose between pumpkin and pecan pies. What a great idea to devise a pie that prevents me from having to do that!

Rosita Vargas said...

Se ve increƬble muy bien hecho una idea genial,abrazos.

CQUEK said...

Delihgtfull looking dish..

Barbara said...

Oh my, that looks awesome, Grace. Love both those pies anyway and combining them is such a great idea.

Lisa-Marie said...

SO, this is how I will use up the pumpkins I bought for decoration that we now have to eat (I don't waste food).

I might crumble toasted pecans on some pumpkin soup too.

Hope your Thanksgiving was splendid Grace!

Lucy @ Lucyeats said...

That is such a great combination of flavours, Grace. Genius!

Carolyn Jung said...

You make having two desserts in one so easy! After all, why have just one when you can go to town and enjoy two faves at once?