A pioneer pecan pie is a type of pecan pie that does not use corn syrup, which is a common ingredient in most pecan pie recipes. Instead, it uses brown sugar and white sugar to create a rich and caramelized filling.
Some people prefer this version because it has a more natural and less processed flavor. It is also called a pioneer pecan pie because it resembles the pies that the pioneers used to make with simple ingredients.
Excited to bake one? Let’s start.
Can I Store My Pecan Pie at Room Temperature?
It depends on how long you want to store your pecan pie.
According to the FDA, homemade or bakery pecan pie can be left at room temperature for up to two hours, after which it is in danger of growing harmful bacteria1. It is enough time for serving the pie either plated or from a buffet.
However, if you want to store your pecan pie for longer than two hours, you should refrigerate it or freeze it.
How to Properly Store It?
To properly store a pioneer pecan pie, you need to follow these steps:
Step 1: First, cool the pie. If you have baked the pie yourself, let it cool to room temperature before storing it. Doing so will help the filling set and prevent the crust from getting soggy.
Step 2: Next is to wrap the pie in plastic wrap. Cover the entire pie with plastic wrap, making sure there are no gaps or air pockets. It will keep the pie moist and protect it from odors and bacteria in the fridge.
Step 3: Once wrapped, you can now then refrigerate the pie for up to four days. Simply place the wrapped pie in the fridge on a sturdy shelf where it won’t get crushed or damaged.
You can enjoy the pie cold or warm it up in the oven before serving.
Step 4: This is optional, but if you want to store the pie for more than four days, you can freeze it for up to six months. To freeze the pie, wrap it in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Store it flat in the freezer and thaw it overnight in the fridge before serving.
Are there Other Alternative Ingredients I Can Use?
- If you don’t have yellow cake mix, you can use white cake mix or make your own cake batter from scratch.
- If you don’t have light corn syrup, you can use honey, maple syrup, molasses, or brown rice syrup. These sweeteners have different flavors and consistencies, so you may need to adjust the amount and the baking time accordingly.
- If you don’t have pecans, you can use walnuts, almonds, pistachios, or macadamia nuts. These nuts have different textures and tastes, so you may want to toast them before adding them to the cake.
- If you want to add some extra flavor or texture to your cake, you can also mix in some shredded coconut, chocolate chips, dried fruits, or spices. These ingredients can enhance the taste and appearance of your cake, but they are optional and depend on your personal preference.
Pioneer Pecan Pie
- 1 ½ Tbsp. Flour
- 1 Prepared pie crust
- 1 ½ C. Brown sugar
- ½ tsp. Salt
- ½ C. White sugar
- ½ tsp. Cinnamon
- ¾ C. Browned butter
- 1 ½ Tbsp.Heavy whipping cream
- 3 Large eggs
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 2 C. Pecans
- Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and layer the pie crust into a prepared and well-greased pie pan.
- Step 2: Chill the crust in the fridge.
- Step 3: Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until frothy.
- Step 4: Add in the browned butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well combined.
- Step 5: Mix in the salt, cinnamon, heavy whipping cream, flour, and vanilla.
- Step 6: Fold in the pecans.
- Step 7: Pour the mixture into the pie crust.
- Step 8: Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the center is solid.
- Step 9: Let the pie cool to room temperature before serving.
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.