Individual Skillet Pecan Pie

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Dessert, Nourish | October 31, 2015 | By

“America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving.”
Pie:A Global History by Janet Clarkson

I have got to honestly say, that as far as I’m concerned, I lived a pretty charmed childhood. Not only was I blessed with two very loving parents and spent my childhood traveling the world as a Navy Junior, but also because I had a grandmother who lived with us for 13 of my first 16 years. Grandma loved to bake (I never had store-bought bread until her death when I was 16) so we always had bread, cookies, pies and other pastries on hand.  She loved to sew, so we laid our heads upon embroidered pillowcases each night.  And she he loved to garden, so we ate vegetables from our garden as often as possible. Not that my mom was remotely close slack, together the two of them were a fierce team.  As a result, both my brother and I grew up appreciating good food and we both love to cook.  

Christmas 1965_20151031_0001Grandma continues to have a warm presence our lives even 37 years after her death.  I still have some of her embroidered pillowcases and some of her favorite recipes are still some of our favorite recipes. Baking for Christmas is not complete until I make her chocolate cookies, Mom always makes Grandma’s mincemeat pie for Christmas Dinner, and Thanksgiving Dinner isn’t Thanksgiving Dinner without her pecan  and pumpkin pie. I’m not really a pumpkin pie gal, much preferring apple and pecan.  As such, even if it’s just 6 of us, we typically have 3 pies for Thanksgiving (Pumpkin, Pecan and Apple) and 3 for Christmas (Pecan, Apple and Mincemeat).recipe cardAnd while I really like having access to the world’s cookbooks via the world wide web, there really is something special about making a recipe that was written on a 3X5 card some 40-50+ years ago and kept in that original form in a cookbook with other equally aged, spotted and yellowed 3X5 cards. You know if those 3X5 cards have been kept and treasured all these years, then the recipes inscribed on them must be some kind of delicious. Handwritten recipe cards are another lost treasure, like handwritten notes and thank-you notes.  Mom doesn’t quite remember Marilyn, who authored this recipe; but believes she or Grandma were gifted this recipe while we were stationed in Hawaii 40+ years ago.

To put my new spin on this old recipe, I decided to make mini-pies in my much favored Lodge Cast Iron 5″ Skillets.    These pies follow on the heels of these Skillet Brownie Sundaes and these Individual Apple Crumbles.butter1

My go-to pie crust recipe is the Pâte Brisée from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook .  I made one recipe which was enough for 6 mini pies.cutting pie crust

pie crust in skillet

Individual Skillet Pecan Pie
Yields 6
A recipe for pecan pie made in 5" cast iron skillets
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For Pate Brisee
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  4. 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed
For Pecan Filling
  1. 3 eggs, beaten well
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup dark corn syrup
  4. 1 stick of butter (melted)
  5. 2 cups pecans, I used 1 cup chopped and 1 cup whole
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour and salt; pulse to combine. Add the butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some larger pieces remaining, about 10 seconds. (To mix by hand, combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then cut in butter with a pastry blender.)
  2. With the machine running, add the ice water through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream, just until the dough holds together without being wet or sticky. Do not process more than 30 seconds. Test by squeezing a small amount of the dough together; if it is still too crumbly, add a bit more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a clean work surface. Divide in half and place each half on a piece of plastic wrap.. Shape into flattened disks. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. The dough can be frozen for up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
For Pie Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 300'
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients and divide equally among 6 unbaked pie shells which have been placed on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes
  4. Remove and top pies with equal amounts of the pecans. I put the chopped in first then even sprinkle the whole pecans over the top.
  5. At this point, I also top each pie with a leaf or other decoration cut from pie crust remnants.
  6. Increase heat to 350' and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  1. I only have 4 small skillets so I save the rest of the pie crust and filling in the refrigerator to make another time.
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook and Marilyn
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook and Marilyn
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 4 pies1With a flaky crust and a chewy, pecan-laden filling, this simple pie recipe is outstanding.   ‘How outstanding?’ you ask?  Suffice it to say that 1 year later my kids are holding a grudge against their cousin who woke up in the middle of the night after last year’s Thanksgiving dinner and put a hurting on the remnants of the pecan pie.  My kiddos went to Grandma and Pop Pop’s house the next night for dinner, certain in the belief that there would be leftover pecan pie for dessert.  The look on their faces when my niece informed the table that there was no more pie was sheer devastation.

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Mini Pecan PieSo, am I the hero for making these individual portion pies?  You bet!  Now I just need to label each skillet so that everyone gets their allocated amount of deliciousness.

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  1. Leave a Reply
    October 31, 2015

    Lynn, these Mini Pies look delicious and I`m sure they don`t only look like it…i`m sure they are! I`ve never tasted Peacan Pie before, I must give it a try! I can relate to what you write about your grandma, as mine was a great baker and cook herself. We had like a little grocery store downstairs in the cellar, filled with homemade jam and goodies. I love your photography as well Lynn, it`s beautiful! recently posted…Tween Girls BedroomMy Profile

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    November 1, 2015

    I love the idea of individual pies and pecan is my fave. Pinning to make these soon! Thanks for sharing.

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      November 4, 2015

      Good Morning Mary, thanks for stopping by.
      The original recipe, which calls for a 9-10″ pie pan, instructs you to bake the pie at 300′ for 40-45 minutes, take it out, add the nuts and then bake at 350′ for 10-15 minutes.
      I would imagine that if you have a smaller pan, about the same 5″ diameter as my skillets, that the cooking times in the recipe should apply.
      BTW…read through your blog, especially your posts about NC. My daughter is a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill so we have been coming up quite frequently. I really appreciate your restaurants reviews!! Going to take advantage of them next time we’re up there.
      Have a great day, Lynn

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    Yvonne, The Dahlia Scene
    November 4, 2015

    Beautiful. I grew up next door to my grandparents, and I still have so many fond memories of times at their house. I think it’s wonderful that you’re able to duplicate her recipes so well. My nana never wrote any down so it’s very hit or miss on getting it right. Those pecan pies look almost too good to eat though!
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      November 4, 2015

      Hi Yvonne, first of all, you live in one of my all time favorite places…Asheville, NC. We’re in NC, but on the coast in Wilmington. I don’t think it’s out of the question that we may end up in Asheville someday.

      Thanks for visiting today and don’t you consider it a real blessing that you grew up ‘with’ your grandparents…I sure do. And my kids are blessed that Grammie and PopPop are a mere 1 mile from our home. Maybe these pecan pies will be similar to the ones your Nana made…give them a try.

      Hope your day is great!


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    Carol Lander
    November 5, 2015

    What a great story. I also love passed down recipes. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party. I love the mini-pecan pie idea.

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      November 5, 2015

      Thanks Carol and thanks for hosting the party. And aren’t those mini-pecan pies just the cutest thing!? Looking forward to next week.

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    November 5, 2015

    These look so good, Lynn! I can’t wait to make some of my own. I just wanted to let you know these will be one of the features at Monday’s Something to Talk About link party. Hope your weekend is awesome, CoCo

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      November 6, 2015

      Good Morning CoCo. Oooh, I hope you enjoy these and thanks so much for featuring me at STTA!! I’m giddy!

      BTW, I lived my life moving around as the child of the Navy so completely get your life…it’s a good one. I cherish my memories of all the different places I lived and experiences I had. No doubt it made the resilient woman I am.

      Hope your weekend is fantastic!


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      November 6, 2015

      Thanks Leigh! Hope you give them a try. And what I wouldn’t give to be planning a trip to Disney this year! Our babies are 19 and 16 and still love our trips to Disney every few years. Maybe one on the calendar for next year! Fingers crossed.

      Thanks again for visiting

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      November 11, 2015

      Erica, by all means get yourself a piece of pecan pie! You so deserve it! And don’t you just love a handwritten recipe card!?

      Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for stopping by!


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      November 12, 2015

      Hi Susan, thanks for visiting and your kind comments. I was just visiting your site and you and I really think very similarly…we’ve done several projects that are similar…fringed linen napkins, mitred napkins (in fact, I’m in the midst of making some more napkins right now!). And if that’s not enough…I’m in NC too!

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        November 12, 2015

        Hi Lynn, I’m so glad you visited me and it’s wonderful that we have so much in common. I just liked you on Facebook and am following you on Instagram so I can keep up with all your creations. It’s such a small world that we both live in NC. I hope our paths cross in person some day.
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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    November 14, 2015

    The best recipes are the one’s that are passed down from one generation to the next. I love seeing the handwriting of my gran, just like you. It brings them back for a bit. And pecan pie is my favorite!!!

    Those little skillets are the bomb! I can’t wait to see what you use them on next!
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      November 14, 2015

      Thanks Nikki, since I love both pecan pie AND those little skillets, the combination can’t be beat. Thanks for visiting, Lynn

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