As part of my bridal shower, we had guests give me recipes with their cards. I’m embarrassed to say it’s been two years, and this is the first of those recipes I’ve made! Sorry everyone. We call this one “Poor Man’s Pecan Pie”. Because while pecan pie is delicious and easy, pecans can be expensive. If the price of a bag of pecans gives you sticker shock or maybe you just want to try something new…this recipe is for you.
The pies themselves are almost identical, you’re just substituting walnuts for pecans, so you still have that rich sticky sweet goodness from the brown sugar and corn syrup. I love walnuts and find them to have a more mellow flavor than pecans. This means the pie is still plenty sweet, but not quite as cavity inducing as a traditional pecan pie.
Something I still don’t understand is how many people buy pies for Thanksgiving. I get it, there’s a lot going on that day. But…pies are so easy. And taste so so SO much better than a store bought (or *gasp*…frozen…) pie. The pie dough can be made in advance, way in advance if you want, and it takes no time at all. I made a batch of my easy pie dough last weekend in about 30 minutes (maybe less, I didn’t time it) and it makes four crusts! That’s enough for the walnut, pumpkin, and a double crust apple I’ll be making for Thanksgiving.
The filling for this walnut pie only takes as long as it takes you to mix all the ingredients together. The hardest part about this pie is washing the pie plate when it’s gone (seriously…so sticky). Have I convinced you to make this pie yet? Just go for it! My favorite part about pies is crimping the edges and finding new creative ways to decorate them. I know that can be daunting, but this tutorial will walk you through 15 super cute ways to finish your pie crust, so really there is no excuse.
Walnut Pie (recipe from Karen Groom, adapted from Karo Syrup)
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanila
- 1 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl except walnuts. Stir until incorporated.
- Mix in walnuts.
- Pour into an unbaked pie shell, or homemade dough in a 9″ pie plate.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350. Pie will be done when tooth pick inserted in center comes out cleanly or when center is solidified and jiggles just slightly. If crust is browning too quickly, cover with a pie crust shield or foil.