Pecan Cream Pie is a delightful twist on the classic pecan pie, loved for its creamy filling. While traditional pecan pies feature a rich, syrup-based filling loaded with pecans, this creamier version incorporates a smooth, custard-like consistency that pairs beautifully with the crunchy nuts. Despite its name, the origin of pecan pie is a little murky, but it is widely associated with Southern United States cuisine, particularly with the Thanksgiving holiday. Pecan Cream Pie takes this American favorite into new, creamy heights, making it an alluring dessert for any gathering or special occasion.
When it comes to serving Pecan Cream Pie, simplicity is key to let its rich flavors shine through. This dessert is a standout on its own but can be accompanied by a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for those who enjoy extra indulgence. To balance out the sweetness, serve alongside a hot, unsweetened beverage, such as black coffee or tea. The bitterness of the beverage will complement the sweetness of the pie perfectly. For a fancier presentation, a sprig of fresh mint or a dusting of powdered sugar can add a touch of elegance.
Pecan Cream Pie
1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked
2 packages (8 oz each) of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup of powered sugar
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Thawed whipped topping (Cool Whip, optional)
1. Bake the pie crust based on package directions.
2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
3. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
4. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
5. Stir in brown sugar, 1 cup of chopped pecans, maple syrup, and salt.
6. Pour the filling into a cooled pie crust, spreading it out evenly. If desired, top with thawed whipped topping. Top with remaining pecans.
7. Refrigerate the pie for at least 2 hours to set and ideally overnight.
Serve and enjoy the delightful Pecan Cream Pie!