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Apr 14, 2013 12:06 AM

pecan pie

anyojne have a favorite place? i have only had anna miller's, which i really like.

i may have posted this before, but the thread is not showing up.

so, anyone?

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      1. i don't see a single reply here on your question about pecan pie

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          1. re: indelibledotink

            I love pecan pie. when i want some I make it myself. I don't know of anyplace locally that makes good pecan pie, at least not regularly. I find the one at Anna Millers overly sweet, but thats just me. During the holiday season they can be found at everyplace from Costco to Longs. The Costco one isn't bad.

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              i think the key to a really good pecan pie . . . are the pecans. Lots of them. Too many commercial pecan pies are all about the 'filling', with just a sprinkling of pecans on top. I'm not an expert, but to me a pecan pie should be like concrete, lots of stones (the pecans) and just enough cement paste (filling) to hold it all together.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                The freshness of the pecans to me makes a difference too. I've had difficulty finding a good source since Morrow's closed down. Last November, I used the ones from Whole Foods' bulk bin and the nuts wer ok but not great.

                1. re: KaimukiMan


                  You have nailed it.

                  My wife, who should sell her recipe, will ONLY use fresh pecans. Now, some have come from Texas, some from New Mexico, some from Louisiana, and some from Arizona. Still, they MUST be fresh.

                  Then, her "filling" is a mix of Karo Dark, and Light, plus flour (often Pecan Flour, if she can get it), and there is little room for the filling. It is basically between the pecans, and is not something that a diner would ever notice - they would assume that there was NO filling.

                  For the Holidays, she always has to do two per event - one for them, and one for us, as there are never any leftovers from them - they eat it all, and want more.


                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Your wife's pies sound fantastic. Finding fresh pecans in Honolulu is all but impossible. I usually buy from costco because with their high turnover they are likely to be fresher. Macadamias I can get fresh, but the texture isn't right for a substitution. Macadamias are better as pieces in a cream pie or in a thin tart with more of a mac-brittle matrix.

                    I've been lucky, I've only had two occasions where my matrix didn't set (I follow the Joy of Cooking recipe) it can get tricky in really high humidity (not that someone who grew up around New Orleans like you would understand humidity LOL)

                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      There have been a few "Costco" times, but she normally finds them locally (Arizona), since her New Orleans source has since died. Still, Costco has not been bad - maybe not perfect, but not bad either.


                    2. re: Bill Hunt

                      One can get pecan flour by processing pecans, can't one?

                2. re: indelibledotink

                  I too love pecan pie but all the pecan pies I've tried in Honolulu are overly sweet and don't have enough pecans, so I bake my own.. Have you thought about seeing if Kiss My Grits in Puck's Alley has it on its menu?

                  1. re: indelibledotink

                    I like pecan pie, but I find most versions too sweet. Growing up I loved pecan tartlets. Less sweet with a higher ratio of flaky crust.

                    1. re: indelibledotink

                      Well, being a "Son of the Old South," I love pecan pie. My wife (New Orleans native) does the ultimate. BUT, I cannot recall one pecan pie in all of Hawai`i, hence my lack of response in this thread.

                      I am not saying that there are not great examples, and just that we have never encountered one.

                      Good luck,


                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        is she willing to share the recipe? I am not fond of baking, but pecan pie is in my league.

                        1. re: indelibledotink

                          I will ask her. If so, then I will post it gladly, as I love to share joy.


                    2. Karai Crab has pecan pie. I haven't actually tried it yet, but i DID see it being offered on the menu.

                      Also, you might want to check Whole Foods. I know they carry mini pecan tarts in the case near the coffee counter!

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                      1. re: hungryhungryme

                        thanks for the crab tip.

                        we checked whole foods and the tarts looked a little dry, both the crust and the filling.

                        i caved and got some anna miller's. for me, it's the gooey goodness of corn syrup and sugar that appeals in their pie. the pecans are ok, but wow, they would be nice roasted with butter.

                        1. re: hungryhungryme

                          ok, so i caved and got the mini tarts from whole foods. i thought they would be dry, but the crust was light, buttery, and flaky. the little pastry cups had a large layer of sweet filling topped with chopped pecans. i assumed the whole tart would be the pecan bits, and thus, dry, but no. moist, but too much filling. too much for most of the posters here, even me, though it beats dry. the filling had a caramel/maple flavor which i did not like as much as the intense brown sugar taste of anna miller's. thanks for the tip, i enjoyed them.

                        2. ordered another pie. there is a good amount of thick, sweet filling, which i like, but i would love to try the pecan overload ones you describe.

                          bill, any luck with the recipe?