This weekend I had the chance to sit down and watch a preview copy of the Blu-Ray/DVD of The Help which hits the stores today. I had wanted to see this in the theaters and just never had the chance. Rarely is a movie as good as a book but I enjoyed them both in separate ways. The food featured in the movie reminds of me of the things my grandmother would make.
This is a perfect ‘chick flick’. Grab your girlfriends and bake up this perfect Cheesecake Pecan Pie for a viewing party!
1 (15 oz.) pkg. refrigerated pie crusts
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
4 large eggs, divided
¾ cup sugar, divided
2 tsp. vanilla, divided
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup
- Unfold and stack 2 piecrust together. Gently roll or press together and fit into a 9 inch pie plate according to directions; fold edges under and crimp. Note: For a more homemade flavor, try Lee Ann’s Homemade Pie Crust recipe (below)
- Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, ½ cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla and salt at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
- Pour into piecrust and sprinkle with pecans.
- Stir together corn syrup, 3 eggs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla and pour mixture over pecans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes until set.
Homemade Pie Crust
1 ¼ cups plain flour
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 cup shortening (butter flavor shortening is great, too)
4-5 tbsp. cold ice water
- In a medium bowl, stir flour and salt together.
- Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size.
- Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork.
- Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat using 1 tbsp. of water at a time, until all the flour mixture is moistened.
- Form dough into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.
- To transfer pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin.
- Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it.
- Trim pastry to ½ inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edges as desired.
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