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Apple Pecan Pie

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I decided to marry two of my favorite pies! Apple pie meets pecan pie in this delicious pie mash-up: Apple Pecan Pie!

This easy pie recipe has all the flavors of both apple and pecan pie!

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Apple Pecan Pie - an apple pie and a pecan pie all in one!

I think it’s funny how something I hated as a kid (Pecan Pie) makes me drool so much right now. Like, I’d give an arm and a kidney for a slice of this pie right now.

And, funny story, I actually could go get myself a slice but I won’t because I’m saving it for Thanksgiving. After I took the photos and video for this pie recipe I froze the rest for November. That’s right: I said froze. Did you know you can freeze desserts?

My crumb apple pie is my absolute favorite pie recipe. My mom’s pecan pie is a holiday classic. I decided to marry the two together in this easy apple pecan pie recipe!

An Apple Pecan Pie has a buttery crust, a layer of soft cinnamon apples, and a layer of pecan pie. It’s the perfect holiday classic!

Apple Pecan Pie is the best of both worlds: Apple Pie and Pecan Pie!

This pie is the ultimate dessert mash-up for fall. It’s got a split personality…in a good way.

How do you make and Apple Pecan Pie?

Apple Pecan Pie

  • Start with a pie crust. You can use my all butter pie crust or one from the store.
  • My secret to the perfect apple pie is par-cooking the apples before adding them to the pie. I can’t stand a firm apple or a almost-firm-but-not-quite apple in a pie.  I just cook the apples for a few minutes in the microwave before I add them to the crust.
  • The other secret to my perfect apples? Get one of these. Your sanity will be saved and your kids can core and peel the apples for you.
  • I add the pecans on top of the apples before I pour the pecan pie mixture over the top. You want the pecans to naturally rise to the surface, because then they’re coated in the corn syrup mixture. This not only makes them taste good, but it helps keep them from burning.

Another tip to make sure the pecans don’t burn: make sure they’re in a single layer and not standing up at all. The surface of the pie should be flat with natural bumps, like cobblestones on a walkway.

I talked about my tinfoil tip in the pie crust post, and it’s mentioned in the recipe, but it’s worth mentioning again because this pie cooks a long time. I like light pie crust, not burned beyond recognition no one wants to eat it pie crust. To keep your pie crust light and edible, use a pie shield or rip pieces of tinfoil and wrap them around your crust. Then I remove the foil about halfway through baking to let the crust brown.

And well, all that makes a really good Apple Pecan Pie. The perfect fall mash-up.

Apple Pecan Pie - Apple Pie and Pecan Pie all in one dessert recipe!

Tips for making this easy Apple Pecan Pie recipe:

  • Make sure to drain your cooked apples very well. Wet apples = mushy pie.
  • I add cornstarch to my apples. This helps thicken the center with all the liquid from the pecan pie mixture.
  • Cool it completely before cutting. Don’t even try to cut it while it’s still warm; even better, chill it first.
  • Bake it for 15 minutes at 425°F and then lower the oven temperature for the rest of baking. This helps brown the bottom crust, but also means you really do need to use the pie shield or foil strips. Otherwise your crust will get too done.

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Servings: 12 servings

Apple Pecan Pie

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
This pie is the combination of two favorites: Apple and pecan! And apple base is covered with a pecan pie filling. Perfect for any holiday!

Ingredients

For the apples:

  • 2 medium apples — Granny Smith or Fuji/Gala, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the pecan pie:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Place your pie crust in your pie plate (recipe is written for a 9” pie plate) and crimp edges as desired. Chill until filling is ready and oven is preheated.
  3. Place diced apples in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a few tablespoons of water and then heat for 2-3 minutes, or until apples just start to soften. Drain very well.

  4. Whisk eggs, corn syrup, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and melted butter together.

  5. Remove pie shell from refrigerator. Drain apples very well (this is VERY important so your pie is not wet). Toss them with the sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch, then place them in the bottom of the pie crust and press to compact.

  6. Sprinkle the pecans over the top of the apples, making sure they are laying flat in a single layer. Carefully and slowly pour the corn syrup mixture over the pecans. The pecans should float to the top.
  7. Place pie on a cookie sheet. Cover the edges with a pie crust shield or strips of foil to prevent over-browning.

  8. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is puffed and slightly cracked and the crust is golden brown. Cool completely before attempting to slice.

  9. Store pie in refrigerator or freeze for up to one month.

Recipe Video

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pie

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 slice) — Calories: 317, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 166mg, Potassium: 124mg, Carbohydrates: 40g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 30g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 200%, Vitamin C: 1.6%, Calcium: 26%, Iron: 1%

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67 comments

  1. Looks like you had a great turn out for your party! Congrats on your book! I love this mash up. The perfect combo!

  2. Oh I LOVE pecan pie – but I’m loving this apple twist. Looks absolutely fantastic Dorothy! 

  3. I’ve always had an obsession for Pecan Pie, although I rarely have it. Given there’s apples in this, there’s no better reason to make it!

  4. This pie will be baked soon, because i have a great love for pecan pie. But to put a twist on it use your basic pie recipe but add one cup coconut. I call this my peaconut pie.

  5. First, I love the fork. I’d try to fight you for it if it said cake or cupcake. :p
    Second, I make a chocolate bourbon pecan pie each year at the holidays. I just found out I can make a faux pecan pie using pretzels (I don’t like nuts in my food and this pie is about the only thing I make with nuts). Could I use the pretzel idea in your apple pecan pie (making it an apple pretzel pie or faux apple pecan pie)? I normally mix the pecans into the batter so that some of them stay in the mix after baking. I’m assuming the pretzels in this case would go on top like the pecans?

    • And third (it posted instead of letting me continue – I might be long winded lol), I *love* Bud’s idea of adding coconut! 🙂

  6. Such a perfect mashup! This looks amazing, Dorothy!

  7. Oh my gosh Dorothy — your party was the highlight of my entire month!! And yes, it was only on Day 5, but I guarantee it’s going to be the best thing that happened this entire month. Those truffle brownies… I should’ve stolen the whole try because I already ate the 4 that I took home with me. Oops? 😉 Love this pie too — that secret apple layer is the best!!

  8. Love this! We always have a hard time narrowing down the pie flavors to make for holidays…(we all love pie but more than 3 means too many leftovers) this two-in one concept frees us up for another one! 🙂

  9. Hope you had a wonderful time at your book launch party 🙂 Love this mash-up! Apple pie and pecan pie sound perfect together and that is one wedding I would totally want to be at – gorgeous photos too! Pinned!

  10. I love apple pie, while the family prefers pecan. Maybe we can find a middle ground with this!! Looks so yummy. Pinned!

    Hope you had a wonderful people filled book launch party too!

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