- 3 cups chopped or whole pecans
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup dark corn syrup
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup bourbon (add only if you’re feeling extra Southern)
- Deep-dish pie shell
Preheat oven to 350°.
Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes, or until toasted and fragrant. Stir together sugar and corn syrup in a medium bowl. Stir in pecans, eggs, butter, vanilla and salt. (If you have elected to use bourbon, add it now.)
Pour pecan mixture into pie shell and place in oven. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until set.
Remove from oven onto wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Store in an airtight container up to 3 days.