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indelibledotink Apr 14, 2013 12:06 AM

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?

  1. KaimukiMan Apr 15, 2013 12:20 AM

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

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    1. re: KaimukiMan
      indelibledotink Apr 16, 2013 11:38 PM

      i guess no one else likes pecan pie?

      1. re: indelibledotink
        KaimukiMan Apr 17, 2013 09:45 AM

        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
          KaimukiMan Apr 18, 2013 01:50 AM

          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
            honu2 Apr 18, 2013 11:56 AM

            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
              Bill Hunt Apr 19, 2013 08:33 PM


              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
                KaimukiMan Apr 19, 2013 09:59 PM

                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
                  Bill Hunt Apr 20, 2013 09:43 PM

                  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
                  Joebob Jun 1, 2013 02:01 PM

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

            2. re: indelibledotink
              honu2 Apr 17, 2013 11:16 AM

              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
                killersmile Apr 17, 2013 12:26 PM

                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
                  Bill Hunt Apr 17, 2013 07:41 PM

                  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
                    indelibledotink Apr 17, 2013 07:48 PM

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

                    1. re: indelibledotink
                      Bill Hunt Apr 19, 2013 08:34 PM

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


                      1. re: indelibledotink
                        UES Mayor Apr 30, 2013 06:08 AM

                        try this recipe! can't be bad

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                  hungryhungryme Apr 18, 2013 03:43 PM

                  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
                    indelibledotink Apr 19, 2013 12:39 AM

                    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
                      indelibledotink May 10, 2013 09:34 PM

                      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. indelibledotink Apr 30, 2013 02:16 AM

                      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?

                      1. indelibledotink Jun 2, 2013 01:01 AM

                        anyone been to another place that has pecan pie?

                        favorite recipes?

                        your thoughts on a chocolate pecan pie?

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