What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? The Color of Food: Impromptu Pretzel Crust Pecan Pie! Sometimes a crunchy pie crust satisfies primal needs. After all, it’s second nature to crave foods that sound good when you bite into them. Admit it, we like different tastes. The desire for crispy and crunchy foods never seems to grow old. Because we associate tastes and aromas with feelings, our brain is already satisfied before the first bite. Combine sweet and salty for the ultimate dessert experience. Crunch away.
IMPROMPTU PRETZEL CRUST PECAN PIE
Ingredients for Crust:
1 1/4 cups pretzel crumbs
2 tablespoons corn starch
3 tablespoons sugar
7 tablespoons butter, melted
Ingredients for Filling:
6 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon sea salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine pretzel crumbs, corn starch, sugar, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Stir well. Press evenly into a 9” pie plate, making sure the sides and bottom are covered. Put pie plate on a baking sheet and bake 10 minutes until crust is firm. To prepare filling, take a medium saucepan. Combine butter chunks, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sea salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool. Whisk in beaten eggs. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour mixture into pretzel crust. Bake 50 minutes. Cool completely before serving.