Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Honey Pie and an Old Friend

My old friend Gabe was here from out of town this weekend. I haven't seen her for such a long time, but it was as if we hadn't skipped a beat. The conversation was as jam-packed as ever from correlations between blogging and Victorian letter-writing (Gabe is a historian) to whether we should add sour cream to the filling in this honey pecan pumpkin pie recipe (Gabe has a sweet tooth).

Gabe was the first person to tell me how to make pie pastry...I still have the same recipe she wrote down for me in college kept in my favorite recipe keeper, on the same yellow legal paper, in her handwriting. How nostalgic is that? We talked all day, watched a few episodes of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style (it was a stormy Saturday) and decided to bake this pumpkin pie in honor of Fall (adding some ground cardomom, more cinnamon and grated nutmeg (we forgot the sour cream) and topped it with these honeyed pecans (Gabe loves pecans).

Honey Caramel Pecans
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves (about 4 ounces)


Make pecans:
Place large piece of foil on work surface. Stir sugar, honey, butter and salt in heavy medium skillet over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves, butter melts and syrup comes to simmer. Add pecans. Cook until syrup turns deep caramel color and bubbles thickly, stirring nuts occasionally to coat, about 9 minutes. Scrape onto foil. Working quickly, separate nuts with spoon. Cool completely. Place in airtight container. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Store at room temperature.)

When the pecans cool and the pie is done assemble on can use these nuts with any pumpkin pie you like, especially the one in this recipe.


Elizabeth said...

This pie looks utterly divine!
I want to eat it all now, this minute.
I thought I was going up to the Green market at Union Square this morning and now it's RAINING.
Your blog is a visual delight.

Cindy said...

the pumpkin pie looks delicious - i love the addition of the pecans.

peachey said...

what a sweet little story & pie.

heidi said...

OMG... that looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

I am coming over!!! this looks delicious and to make a pie with a friend that is definitily sweeter then the sweetest pie!!

okay did i say i was coming over!!!:)

Bonbon Oiseau said... was a very yummy pie--and yes please, come over and we can bake together and watch make-over shows on a rainy day...

muralimanohar said...

Oh, my GOD I want some of that!! I really need to track down the American imports store here and get some canned pumpkin. Or else figure out how to cook winter squash into an appropriate substitute. :drool:

High Desert Diva said...

OMG this looks sooooo good!

Anonymous said...

Deb, I had such fun making the pie with you. You are a terrific host and a warm, funny and thoughtful friend.

Helene said...

This would be out of this world with maple crack instead of honey :)

Elizabeth said...

It looks sinfully delicious. I am swooning.