Bake Sale Betty’s Pecan Pie

Today’s pie was courtesy of C&H sugar who sent an email with an offer I couldn’t refuse – “Try a recipe from our website and we’ll send a gift card to cover ingredients.” I was so happy I went straight to C&H Recipe Collection and picked the first recipe that sounded good — Bake Sale Betty’s Pecan Pie. How could a buy by “Bake Sale Betty” be anything less than spectacular?

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I bought the ingredients last night and made the pie today. It was good, maybe great as far as flavors go. It had a lot of depth from the combination of dark corn syrup, brown sugar and vanilla, and since the recipe has less sugar than others, it wasn’t cloying sweet.

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Thanks C&H and Bake Sale Betty for the recipe. Now I hope you won’t mind that I changed it some.

1. First off, the pecans needed toasting. Toast them for about 8 minutes at 400 before proceeding with the recipe. I’m scared to make pecan pie without toasting the nuts. I’ve been doing it since I was 14.

2. Whoops! Betty forgot to say how much vanilla to use. I used a full teaspoon. I like Betty more now that I know she’s not perfect.

3. Betty’s oven must be really slow because a bake time of 425 for 20 minutes plus 350 for another hour is ridiculous. I baked the pie at 425 for 10 minutes and at 325 for 35. It was shaky when I took it out of the oven and set up perfectly when cool.

Bake Sale Betty's Pecan Pie
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An old pie recipe from C&H sugar
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 1 pie shell, 9-inch, unbaked
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 cup corn syrup, dark
  • 1/2 cup C&H Pure Cane Golden Brown or Dark Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 oz. butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pecan halves, toasted
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle chopped pecans in pie shell and then add pecan halves. Pour pie filling over nuts.
  4. Bake pie at 425°F for 20 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350°F and bake until pie filling is firm, approximately one hour. Note: I baked this pie for 10 minutes at 425 then reduced the heat to 325 and baked for 35 minutes. the pie was slightly shakey in the center and set up perfectly.

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  1. says

    I fear this kind of pie. Because I love nuts and love pecan pie and no one else around here does, so I’d eat WAY too much of a whole pie! Way to catch those Betty boo-boos! 😉

  2. Karen says

    Bakesale Betty is just a couple of miles from here – I haven’t tried their pie, only the cookies and scones. The owner is a young woman from Australia (not even named Betty) and she wears a bright blue wig! She started out selling her wares at the farmers’ market and now has a very popular bakery which opened maybe 3 years ago. People line up out the door for her famous fried chicken sandwich. Next time you are in the Bay Area you should come over the East Bay and check it out!

  3. Gloria says

    My mouth is watering for this pie! I looked at the recipe. Did you add the pecan halves after you poured in the liquid over the chopped pecans?

  4. says

    So Bake Sale Betty is a store? I’ll have to look them up. Ha. Maybe their ovens work differently than home ovens. Who knows. The pie is good ,though!

    Gloria, I used half chopped nuts and half whole and poured the filling over the nuts. At the end, I made a ring with some reserved pecans. If you have a lot of time (and patience), you can make concentric circles over the top of the whole pie. I think it looks good with just one circle of pecans.

  5. says

    Beautiful pie! Really beautiful pie. I’d like a small piece. Pecan pie is a favorite of mine. I rarely make it because it’s not a favorite of anyone else’s in my family and like Katrina if I made it I’d have way too much pie for one. Sigh!

  6. CindyD says

    Looks beautiful and sounds fantastic. Katrina better not look at the pecan pie just posted on King Arthur’s Baking Banter.

  7. says

    Pecan pie is one of life’s guilty pleasures. I wonder if the original time was so long because Betty didn’t roast the nuts–roasting the nuts saves energy and gets the pie to the table more quickly!

  8. says

    Beautiful pie, masterfully done! For fun, I decided to look up vegan pecan pie, and they do exist. However, the first recipe that came up called for mostly water with some thickeners and sugar. Kind of a low fat type of thing. I totally agree about roasting the pecans — it makes all the difference.

  9. Louise says

    Very attractive pie. This is probably heresy for a dessert lover, but I only like pecans in goop to the extent of pecan tassies. Just a little bite is good for me. 😉

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