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Pinterest Inspired Pie
updated: Jan 18, 2014, 12:00 PM

By Lauren Bray

I'm continually taunted by the photos of beautiful homemade crafts and perfectly baked goods on Pinterest. If you're not familiar with Pinterest, it's an online bulletin board where users can pin photos of anything their little heart desires. Although most commonly there are photos of elaborate mansions, do-it-yourself crafts that put Martha Stewart to shame, and recipes that are nearly impossible to replicate. Or are they?

Over the holidays I decided to test my limited baking skills when I saw this mouthwatering pin.

It was described as "Vanilla Pecan Pie - Cheesecake meets pecan pie in this smooth and decadent seasonal dessert." Since I was already filling up on cookies and peanut brittle, why not try a new dessert to incorporate into the family feast? I gathered up my ingredients and began my battle against Pinterest. Ready, set, go.

Round 1: Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (from 15-ounce package)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pecan pieces, toasted

    Round 2: Crust

    Ingredients, check. Although it took me a while to figure out what eggs and sugar divided meant. (Google says it's when the ingredients are used for different parts of the recipe, not all at once.) To all of you "made-from-scratch" people, I applaud your dedication to the craft, but I used a pre-made crust to dip my toes into the scary baking world.

    Round 3: Cream Cheese Layer

    Next I mixed the cream cheese, eggs and sugar (divided), and vanilla with egg beaters until smooth. Then I poured this into the piecrust and baked at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Smooth sailing Pinterest, bring it on.

    Round 4: Fix Crust & Add Pecans

    Then I took it out of the oven and noticed that my store bought pie crust and cinching technique was below par. The crust fell into the mix so I pieced it together and hoped for the best.

    I covered the cheese bottom with a layer of pecans. I then mixed the remaining eggs and sugar and additionally added butter, syrup, vanilla, salt and poured it over the pecans. Bake for 40 minutes and hope for the best.

    Round 5: Bake

    While it baked, I hovered by the oven watching its every bubble and spill. The alarm rang and I pulled it out of the oven. It wasn't the prettiest pie I had ever seen, but maybe it tastes great?

    Round 6: Serve & Taste

    Just like on Pinterest, I cut out a slice and topped it with whipped cream. This way, it doesn't look half bad. I took a bite and, well… it's good, really good. Click here to view the full recipe.

    Share your Pinterest trials with us! Email me at Lauren@edhat.com.

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    Lauren is a member of the Dedicated Staff and will be anxiously awaiting the pie deliveries from edhat subscribers testing this recipe.


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