Dessert is an important part of a holiday dinner. It should be a climatic finish to a meal that entices those whom have already eaten too much to partake in one last sweet bite. I thought that a pecan pie would finish off my Thanksgiving dinner perfectly.
After a bit of research I found that pecan pies are pretty much a sugar/syrup custard with pecans in a pie shell. The filling is generally made with sugar, corn syrup and it is thickened with eggs like a custard. While I was searching for recipes I came across the concept of a maple pecan pie and I was immediately sold on the idea. In a maple pecan pie the corn syrup is replaced with yummy maple syrup. I used the recipe for the pecan pie filling that I found on Joy of Baking as a start and replaced the corn syrup with maple syrup.
The maple pecan pie turned out great!! It was nice and sweet and I really enjoyed the maple flavour and the custardy texture. Toasting the pecans before hand is a must as it brings out their full flavour which really finishes off this pie nicely. I am still working on my pie crust technique and this one was by far my best one yet. The crust had a nice texture and it was light and flaky and golden brown. The only problem was that the edge caved in a bit but it was caught by the filling which held it up. The pecan pie was great all by itself but to make it even more decadent I served it with some maple whipped cream and drizzled it with some maple syrup and it was amazing. Just drizzling the maple syrup was not quite what I was going for so I tried reducing some maple syrup in a sauce pan for a while. The reduced maple syrup turned into a sticky, gooey maple caramel sauce which was so good! I enjoyed eating the left over pecan pie both cool from the fridge and warmed. I will savour the few slices that I have remaining but I know that I will be making this again soon!
Maple Pecan Pie
A pecan pie with a maple bourbon filling!
- 1 1/2 cups pecans
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup maple syrup (or golden syrup)
- 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pie crust, chilling in the fridge until used
- Bake the pecans in a preheated 350F/180C until nicely toasted, about 8-12 minutes.
- Heat the sugar, syrup, bourbon and butter in a large saucepan until it boils, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Beat in the eggs, cream, vanilla and salt.
- Spread the pecans over the bottom of the pie crust.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the pie crust.
- Bake in a preheated 350F/180C until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes.
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I once saw a maple pecan recipe and have always been intrigued. Yours looks delicious and has totally convinced me to sub in the maple syrup next time. I don’t know enough about simmering down liquids, but I wonder if you could make a drizzle with something like Sortilege Maple Whisky Liqueur..thoughts?
You DID save a slice of that pie for me, right??? ;0)
i never had this growing up, but when I did try it, woo! nuts and sugar… yum 🙂
Wow! That’s all I can say. Wow!
Dana McCauley says
Nice looking pie dude!
Chocolate Shavings says
Those pictures are mouth-watering Kevin! The pie looks absolutely fabulous!
I’ll bet the maple syrup is just wonderful in this pie. What a great idea! It looks insane!
Culinary Cory says
You have got to be kidding. I love pecan pie. In fact the other day I almost bought an entire pie for myself. But just before that faithful purchase, I figured why buy when I can make. Yours looks great.
Are you reading my mind from Canada! A good friend of mine gave me a Maple Pecan Pie recipe on Monday which I am going to make this year!
Talk about kicking up the maple flavor!
In Quebec we use Maple Syrup a lot. I even make a sugar pie with maple syrup. Your pie looks awesome.
My son really love pecan pie, he always expecting this pie for thanksgiving!
I think substitute the corn syrup with maple syrup will make the pie taste better. Well done Kevin.
love pecan pie but never bake one myself..what a lovely sliced you have there!
There is nothing like pecan pie! I don’t think I’ll get around to making it this year, but some day…
Pecan pie is one of my all time favorites. I made the JOB recipe earlier this year and LOVED it.
Mrs Ergül says
It is a nice change by using maple syrup instead of corn syrup. It looks very good Kevin!
I can’t believe they’re not made with maple syrup as a default! That’s just better than corn syrup in every way 🙂 Looks absolutely delicious, a true classic!
Pecan pie is my favorite!!!! It is not thanksgiving without it!!! yummy! 🙂
This looks BEAUTIFUL!!! And I am picky with the “Pea-CAN” pie because I’m used to my Texan grandmother’s trillion-year-old recipe.
ooh, that looks wonderful. you should compile a list from you recipe pile. that people can try out for the US thanksgiving.
Dang it, Kevin, that looks so good. You’re really making me want Thanksgiving to come like tomorrow! It looks divine!
Mmm…this has Thanksgiving written all over it.
PS I like the plate with the leaves on it.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
OMG, I’m a big fan of Pecan Pie and maple! That sweet treat looks soooo good! Really beautiful!
Cheers and have a great weekend,
That’s a pretty perfect slice of pie!
The only pecan pie I have every had was a nasty megastore version. I had one bite and that was enough. This recipe entices me to try pecan pie again- but the right way this time. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed! I am excited to give your recipe a try.
Lovely looking pecan pie Kevin!
Great pictures too.
wow! that looks so delicious! i have never had pecan pie but my hubby LOVES it!
Love the use of maple! YUM!
This looks like 1,000 calories per bite!
Happy cook says
I have only had this pie once and that was when i was visiting my sis in US. And i loved it that time.
This looks so delicious. I will check out the link you gave
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
My Canadian husband, who is seriously addicted to maple syrup, will be licking his lips when he sees this recipe.
How did you know I have been craving pecan pie?!! This looks so great!
Nina Timm says
That second picture is making me drool. This pie looks perfect to me!!!
Bellini Valli says
This turned out perfectly Kevin:D
hot garlic says
I love pecan pie! I’ve never made it myself, but always secretly have dreamed of going for it. The maple seems like it would be a welcome and happy addition and blend well with the other flavors for sure!
Kevin, seriously that is one good looking slice of pie.
With so many sweets around I don’t think I will be able to keep my weight off! Great looking pie 🙂
mmmm… looks so yum… 🙂
If my son Justin saw this he’d be begging me to make it. This is his favorite kind of pie. Looks really delicious!
The Roberts' says
YUM!! my husband would love this!!
I second the thought that pecan pie should always be made with maple syrup!
Peter M says
Pecan pie is one of my favourites…nice touch with the maple syrup.
My husband is allergic to nuts…I guess I will have to make this pie and eat it all by myself, darn:) Looks great!
I just found your blog looking for a Caprese sandwich recipe. You have me drooling with every post. Do you have a book yet? Your instructions and pictures are fabulous!
this looks so yummy kevin. i love the maple caramel drizzle.
this looks like the perfect dessert to finish off your Thanksgiving feast!
Leonor de Sousa Bastos says
your maple pecan pie it´s a sin!…what a great looking slice on that picture!!!
really nice pie…joy of baking has a good site, always makes me hungry, as does yours.
Your photography is getting better all of the time. Fantastic recipe Kevin. Great idea to use maple syrup.
Lori Lynn says
Your pie is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert. I love your idea of maple whipped cream. I’m stealing that. Glad you had such a nice holiday meal Kevin!
Darius T. Williams says
Oh – a man after my own heart – lol. This is heaven!
Clumbsy Cookie says
I really want to have that slice!
This is my absolute favorite pie! I can never get enough, but only eat it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. You did a great job, it looks perfect!
Astra Libris says
Your pecan pie is absolutely beautiful… How wonderful for us in the states that Canada’s thanksgiving day is before Thanksgiving day in the states, because now we have the wonderful gift of perusing your holiday recipes for inspiration! Thank you for going first and guiding us!
I add maple syrup to my pecan pie too. It must be the Canadian is us! I’ve never added Bourbon though and that is going to change 😉
Oh, that looks gooey-great Kevin!
noble pig says
Anything with sticky maple is right up my alley.
I’ve never had this but it looks pretty darn good!
Wow, you really went all the way with the Holiday Theme….even baked your own pie! It looks good……
Jin Hooi says
This looks divine !!!I love maple syrup ..hmmm.. must give this recipe a try
pecan pie alone is sensational, and i love that you’ve added maple syrup (also known as god’s gift to mankind). awesome. 🙂
Your entire dinner looks just phenomenal, and this slice of pie would just about send me over the edge. Delicious.
mmm….that gooey deliciousness looks almost sinful! I can’t wait to try this.
Looks great! I have been craving this lately.
That is one fantastic looking piece of pie! Wow! I bet it was delicious! Looks like you had a fantastic Thanksgiving, Kevin!
Cooking and the City says
I’ve never had any kind of pecan pie but after seeing this I want some! Kevin it looks devine 🙂
This is a most wonderful pecan pie Kevin!
I think I am going to have to copy down this recipe. I dont make maple pecan pie that often.. cant even remember when was the last time I made it, but yours looks fantastic so I’m sure the recipe must do wonders!
Heh, heh! It’s a good job you can’t see me slobbering over the screen right now!
Stop, stop! You’re driving me wild!! Pecan pie has always been one of my favourites and I was amazed to learn how easy it is to make. I did a riff on pecan pie earlier this year, using pistachios d of pecans – also highly recommended!
Melissa Kowalski says
I made this pie since my husband is not a pumpkin pie fan. The only thing I changed was to make a graham cracker crust from scratch (crushed grahams, butter, brown sugar – instead of white, in keeping with the spirit. He said it was the best pie he had ever had in his life! I love it, too! A great alternative to those over-sugary pecan pies that made me think I didn’t like “that kind of pie.”
I’ve been making a maple syrup pecan pie for years – and it’s excellent.
There is something unkosher about mixing the US Southern tradition of Pecan Pie with that decidedly Northern product maple syrup (we are, of course, talking only about real, pure maple syrup, not the colored corn syrup sometimes called “pancake syrup.”).
Of course, cheeseburgers are unkosher, too, but damned tasty.
I just stumbled across your blog a few days ago while searching for a pecan pie recipe without the icky corn syrup goo. I baked it today to take to Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws house, and everyone including my picky husband LOVED it. Nicely done 🙂
This looks absolutely amazing…I will be pitching this and your Sweet Potato Pecan Pie to my family this Thanksgiving. I don't think either of your recipes will be a hard sell!
Melanie, KC says
Wow… the flavor of this pie is really quite excellent. The butter and maple shine through. Sooo much better than the traditional maple syrup. If you're looking for a no-corn-syrup recipe, I highly recommend this. Be sure to cook it long enough, and if you can, make it a day early and let it set up fully. Thank you for a great recipe. (A recipe that saved my Thanksgiving bacon.)
Gourmet cupcake recipe says
Hey, what a beautiful post. This dessert looks absolutely amazing. This looks delicious!
I haven't made a pie in 30 years and I made this (sans bourbon) for Christmas and it turned out perfectly and OH SO YUMMY!!! Thank you for the recipe. Will definitely do it again!
You have succeeded, my husband isn't a sweets person but devoured almost half of this pie within a day.
I used muscovado sugar and it turned out amazing.
I'm tasked this year with making a pecan pie for Thanksgiving. While I'm happy with the end result I've made for year, that's the things, it's been the same pie for years. I'm looking forward to trying your pie this year – doesn't look to be too drastically different that will throw my family for a loop but a pleasant surprise! Thank you for sharing!!
I made this for Thanksgiving and it was the favorite dessert. I made it as directed including the Bourbon. Everyone raved about it. Thanks!!!
Janet Russell, Realtor; David Lyng Real Estate says
Wow! Cut the sugar & maple syrup in half. Used Half & Half instead of cream and Caribbean rum, not bourbon. Made a homemade crust wth coconut oil & butter(no transfat). PERFECT and plenty of sweetness. Gave four pies to clients and they loved them. Thank you for a terrific recipe!