It’s time to try out a new dessert on my hubby since my youngest is in college. Hubby has let it be known that he enjoys Pecan Pie. That was news to me because he usually raves about my mom’s apple pie and sometimes carrot cake. I learned through some prodding that hubby was first introduced to pecan pie at a restaurant he worked at as a teenager. It was a buffet style restaurant and pies that were not sold were often given to the employees to take home. Sweet Deal! Pun intended.
Personally, I was never a big fan of pecan pie until now. I usually go for fruity pies like cherry, blueberry or my mom’s sweet potato pie. The one time I tried pecan pie as a kid I thought it was way too sweet. I blamed it on the pie but maybe it was just what the baker liked. Skillet Pecan Pie is not too sweet. Granted it is sweet but your lips will not pucker and your eyes won’t twitch from taking a bite of the pie.
My Skillet Pecan Pie is similar to how I made my Skillet Apple Pie. The filling is of course different along with part of the process. After baking the pie, I leave it in the oven for an hour to help it set. I would never have known that part of the process if I had not read several pecan pie recipes to figure out exactly how to pull it all together.
I was pretty pleased with the end result after a few tweaks here and there. Like any other recipe I share it is up to the chef to prepare the dish based on his or her likes and dislikes. I was just glad hubby gave me a thumbs up. Once he settled down with a slice of pie, his cup of Starbucks coffee and a big smile on his face I knew my Skillet Pecan Pie was blog worthy.
Skillet Pecan Pie
1 Pillsbury Pie Crust
1 ½ cups chopped pecan halves
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup melted butter
¼ cup pecan halves
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk eggs until foamy then whisk in brown sugar, butter, flour, milk and vanilla until well blended. Stir in chopped pecans and set aside.
Spray a medium sized cast iron skillet with cooking spray. Mold pie crust into skillet leaving a little over hang. Sprinkle crust with powdered sugar. Pour filling into pie crust. Top with pecan halves then gently fold the extra crust towards the center of the pie. Place on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes then reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake 30 minutes more. Crust will be golden brown. Turn oven off and leave the pie in the oven for 1 hour. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
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The skillet apple pie recipe I am sharing was adapted from Trisha Yearwood’s skillet apple pie recipe. I was watching her show one day and she made an amazing looking pie in just a few minutes. I figured if she could whip together such an amazing dessert in no time flat I should be able to do the same. I just transformed a few of the ingredients she used and cut out others. Trisha’s recipe called for a cinnamon and sugar mixture but I used each one separately plus added a little nutmeg. I am also not big on sugar coated pies so I did not sprinkle the top with the same cinnamon sugar combination she used inside the pie. Of course if you like a lot of sugar feel free to sprinkle the crust with cinnamon and sugar.
I have to admit when I first saw the recipe for a skillet pie I thought peaches would be better than apples. I imagined using fresh peaches cooked down just a little bit with cinnamon and sugar. Unfortunately, peaches are not in season yet so I stuck to the recipe and used apple pie filling. Give me a few months and I will definitely try the recipe using fresh peaches.
The results of the pie were absolutely wonderful if I do say so myself. Flaky and delicious this is as close as you can get to an apple pie made from scratch. Quick and easy is my recipe mantra and Skillet Apple Pie hits the mark on both counts. Even on those days you are too tired or cranky to spend a lot of time in the kitchen you can pull this dessert together in less than 15 minutes. Okay, so you do have to wait for it to bake but it is truly worth the wait.
Skillet Apple Pie (Adapted from Trisha Yearwood’s Recipe)
1 box Pillsbury Pie Crusts (2 crusts per box)
½ cup light brown sugar
½ stick of butter
½ tbsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 21 oz can apple filling
1 tbsp butter melted
9” iron skillet
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll each pie crust.
Spray cooking spray around iron skillet. Melt ½ stick of butter in skillet over medium low heat. Add brown sugar and let melt into butter stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from the heat and add one pie crust to the skillet. Gently push the pie crust down into brown sugar and butter. Add pie filling and sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg. Place second pie crust over the filling and turn crust edges inward. Brush top with 1 tbsp of melted butter and then place small slits in the top of the pie to allow the steam to vent. Bake 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
Try this recipe with a peach or cherry pie filling. Adjust using cinnamon and nutmeg if using cherry pie filling.
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