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Southern Pecan Pie Recipe without Corn Syrup

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: dessert
Servings: 8 people
Author: Amelia


For the Crust

  • 1 ½ cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, unsalted, cold
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4-5 tbsp cold water

For the Filing

  • 3 tbsp unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ c chopped pecans + whole pecans for decoration


  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a pie dish (9 inch) with butter.
  • Add flour, salt, and butter to the food processor and pulse the mixture to make the crumbs. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and add 2 tbsp of ice cold water. Mix until combined and add 1 tbsp of more water if need. Knead the dough for few minutes with your hands to form a smooth ball.
  • Roll the dough into a circular crust and arrange it into the pie dish. Place the dish in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes until solid.
  • Lightly grease a parchment paper with butter and place it on the crust. Now, you have to fill the parchment paper with dry rice or beans.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the edges of the crust are golden brown.

For the filling:

  • Beat eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until it becomes fluffy.
  • Add milk and melted butter and beat the mixture again at low speed. Add flour and salt and continue beating at low speed until smooth.

Assemble the crust and filling:

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350F.
  • When the crust is cooled down slightly, remove the pie weights and parchment paper.
  • Spread the chopped pecans evenly over the crust and pour the filling mixture over the pecans.
  • Decorate the pie top with pecan halves. Cover the pie dish loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Let the pie cool after removing it from the oven. Slice and serve.