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White Chocolate Pecan Pie

Yield one 9" pie
Chunks of white chocolate in the filling glamorize this Southern pie.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 (1-ounce) premium white chocolate baking squares, chopped*
  • 1 cup pecan halves

How to Make It

  1. Unfold piecrust, and press out fold lines; sprinkle with flour, spreading over surface. Place crust, floured side down, in a 9" pieplate; fold edges under, and flute. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes.

  2. Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Let cool slightly. Add chopped pecans and next 3 ingredients; stir well. Pour filling into prebaked piecrust; sprinkle with two-thirds of chopped white chocolate. Top with pecan halves.

  3. Bake at 325° for 50 to 55 minutes or until set. Cover with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Let cool on a wire rack.

  4. Place remaining chopped white chocolate in a small heavy-duty, zip-top plastic bag; seal bag. Submerge bag in hot water until chocolate melts. Remove bag from water. Snip a tiny hole in one corner of bag, using scissors; drizzle chocolate over pie.

  5. *For white chocolate, we used Baker's.

Christmas with Southern Living 1997