Traditions. It's what the holidays are all about. Regardless of exactly how you celebrate, chances are pretty good that you enjoy your own holiday traditions each and every year. Seeing family, exchanging gifts, decorating the home, holiday music...they're all great traditions. But one of my favorite traditions is the fabulous food!
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I won't lie, I like to eat good food. Who doesn't? And since I live in the South, the food is usually the star attraction of any get together. At Thanksgiving we always have the traditional turkey and dressing with all the fixins. And we ALWAYS have way too much food. Desserts are no exception. But nobody around here is complaining! Our traditional Thanksgiving desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies and usually a couple of other goodies to fatten us up for the winter months.
(The original version is from Southern Living, but I tweaked it by adding the Jack Daniels)
Prep time approximately 45 minutes
Bake time 50 to 55 minutes
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted (I always use salted butter)
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 unbaked 9-inch pasty shell
1 to 1 1/4 cups pecan halves *I highly recommend Georgia pecans. It's worth the extra expense*
3 tablespoons Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey *I used Gentleman Jack. I've also used rum in the past and it's very good too.*
Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves (about 25 minutes). Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Add eggs, whiskey, vanilla, and salt to mixture, mix well.
Pour filling into unbaked pasty shell and top with pecan halves.
Bake at 325 for 50 to 55 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Yield: one 9-inch pie.
*Note - Since this recipe takes a couple of hours and also because it's so popular with my family, I ALWAYS make 2 pies. I simply double the recipe.
Below is how the pie(s) should look before going into the oven. I suggest placing them on a baking sheet to catch anything that bubbles over the edge. It will keep your oven clean. Just be sure to leave a little space between the pies for better air circulation.
Here are the finished pies.
And here's how the yummy inside looks. Yes, of course I ate the piece that used to be in this spot and it was like a little slice of heaven.
Do you have any holiday traditions that you love? A favorite holiday dish? I'd love to hear about it!
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