The unexpected addition of dates to this classic pie gives the filling more body and a smooth sweetness. Don't use packaged chopped dates, which are rolled in sugar. Instead, use moist and sticky whole dates. Coat your knife with cooking spray for easy chopping
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
3 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup whole pitted dates, chopped
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°.
To prepare crust, lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1/4 cup flour, water, and juice, stirring with a whisk until well blended to form a slurry.
Combine 3/4 cup flour, powdered sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add slurry; toss with a fork until mixture is moist. Gently press mixture into a 4-inch circle on 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap that overlap; cover with two additional sheets of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into a 12-inch circle; freeze 10 minutes.
Remove top 2 sheets of plastic wrap; let dough stand 1 minute or until pliable. Fit dough, plastic-wrap side up, into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Press dough into bottom and up sides of pan. Fold edges under; flute.
To prepare filling, sprinkle dates and pecans evenly over bottom of crust. Combine corn syrup and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Wonderfully sticky dense interior from the combination of the dates and pecans. Next time I would definitely increase the pecans though! The pie filling is also very sweet, between 1 cup corn syrup and 1/2 cup brown sugar - perhaps a touch less brown sugar next time and this would be perfect.
Looks mouth watering!!! I hope to try this recipe real soon!
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This was the best pecan pie I've ever had!!! I am generally a big fan of pecan pie, so I was a little wary of Cooking Light's take on this infamous dessert. The addition of dates added a perfect complexity to the sweetness of the pie. Next time, I might add more pecans to the filling. The crust recipe provided was also pretty foolproof. I froze the crust overnight and thawed it for about 10 minutes. It was not the flakiest crust I have ever made, but it was fun to press the dough into the pie plate like that. All in all, the pie was a perfect way to end our Christmas meal.
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