Click here to see the post featuring my Pecan and Date Pie with step-by-step photos.
I am doing the Apartment Therapy Home Cure and discovered the sister website the Kitchn just in time for the 2008 Best Pie Bake Off, a contest with an inspirational goal -- to "make some converts, discover new recipes, and find the truly best versions of classic pies." I know how many people are reluctant to make pie because they are intimidated by the crust in particular.
I was one of them. Even with a mother that could whip out flaky crusts for her famous fruit pies (her signature being lemon-lime meringue pie with five perfect peaks), it took me years and years to master pie crust. But I know the delicious payoff -- beautiful homemade pie like an edible hug-- is worth it. Had I started out with good recipes it would have taken a lot less time!
I figured this gave me the perfect opportunity to finally put down to paper MY perfect, favorite version of pecan pie which includes dates, whole wheat flour and cream cheese. I use the whole wheat version of Rose Levy Beranbaum's classic flaky cream cheese pie crust recipe as written in the Pie & Pastry Bible. The Bake Off rules allowed any recipe, original or adapted or not, as long as it was the best.
The new player up to bat was the Lyle's Golden Syrup I was searching for when I last made pecan pie. Well, Lyle hit a home run, making the flavor mellow and rich with none of the cloying sweetness or tacky texture that pies made with regular corn syrup can have. The lighter color allows more of the natural cognac sheen of the pecans to show through. I like pie made with corn syrup; I just like this version much better.
You will find my new favorite pecan pie recipe after the jump. Go on over to the Kitchn and check out the other submissions and find a new pie recipe to scent your kitchen!