Honey Pecan Pie Recipe

 Entries in Missouri State Beekeepers Association fall conference cakes and pies contest.

Entries in Missouri State Beekeepers Association fall conference cakes and pies contest.

Honey Pecan Pie Recipe

It's a tough job but somebody has to do it. At Missouri State Beekeepers Association annual fall conference in Springfield October 27-28, 2017, I was the self-designated cake and pie tester. Oh, they had an official judge for the contest, I just volunteered to myself that I should make sure the entries were as delicious as they looked!

There were several categories in the food contest, from breads and cookies to the one I took very seriously. Sitting at the end of the middle table, the four entries beckoned. There was a New York cheesecake; an Olive Oil and Honey cake (amazingly moist, will share that recipe, too); a third cake and the crowning glory of 4 most delicious entries, the pecan pie.

I almost passed on the pie, there was no utensil nearby and all forks were gone but a passing friend loaned me his new fork so I could take a sliver. Doesn't this look delicious?

 Winning 1st Place in the cakes and pies division, this delicious honey pecan pie recipe.

Winning 1st Place in the cakes and pies division, this delicious honey pecan pie recipe.

I like pecans, and I like pecan pie. So does one of my brothers so when I taste recipes, the discriminating criteria is would I want to add this recipe to the family recipe books I made years ago as Christmas presents. 

It wasn't easy to wrestle favorite recipes out of the hands of the cooks so I paid a visit and wrangled the recipes when I was there. The family loved the recipe books so much, I thought updating them would be nice if I had interesting recipes.

For example, I make pumpkin custard without the crust. Baked in glass baking dishes and cooled once cooked, it's delicious and cuts a few calories.

All in all, this pecan pie recipe is pretty simple. The only challenging ingredient is finding "mild honey," which suggests I may have to make a couple of pecan pies trying out different honeys. Fall honey tends to be darker, more flavorfully-complex and have more antioxidants, spring honeys are lighter with a clearer floral note.  The things we have to do for science...

 Here is the winning recipe for Honey Pecan Pie in the baker's handwriting.

Here is the winning recipe for Honey Pecan Pie in the baker's handwriting.

Oops, looks like someone forgot the main ingredient, pecans. I checked several recipes and they all call for this so please add:

1 cup pecans, mixed into the first 7 ingredients.

You can also add 1/2 cup chopped ingredients to the top.

All recipes are printed in the November 2017 Missouri State Beekeepers Association newsletter, cost $10/year.

Finding good honey recipes can be a challenge but when one has tasted them first, you know, to confirms the deliciousness, that makes it easier to say "THIS" is a good recipe using honey.

Charlotte