Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blue Ribbon 100: The Pecan Pie Recipe

I have a new special day to 
add to my collection
of favorite days...

It happened just the other weekend.

I love when that happens...
you just never know when 
a beautiful, 

'makes you smile
just to think about it'

kind of a day 
is coming your way... 

and aren't we so happy these days find us...?

and then, 
they leave a piece of themselves a souvenir of happiness...
 —a sweet lasting memory.
Photo Credit: Hannah @Muddyoakenhouse via Instagram.  Thank you.

Some days just stay with me...
memories linger,
The wonderfulness and warmth of the day
is never too far out of reach.

Even though, those days are often the busiest...
as in, crazy busy  –hustling from one place to another...
working hard and trying to do waaaay
too many things at one time...

For me, so many of those really special days,
 —the ones that really stay with me, they often
revolve around big celebrations, and

My newest favorite day was this...

The 2017 Ohio Country Living Fair.
a brand new favorite-day memory...


Best time ever.

While this most recent day wasn't 
exactly a celebration... or a holiday...
(although, those of us who LOVE the County Living Fairs 
could argue that the
County Living events are both very 
much our own personal holiday and 
a celebration all rolled into one)

The day was composed of so many
 friends, neighbors, blog readers,
peers and fellow bakers... it was pretty special.

I LOVED having the opportunity to share
my recipes with you!!
answering all the great fun.
...and best of all... I got to
meet so many wonderful folks.

It was really a thrill.

This year was especially fun, because my
(usually, very busy, very booked on the weekends family)
was able to make the trip to Columbus on Saturday.
Backstage, giving credit where credit is due: My sweet husband
who details the food processor...and washes sink-loads of dishes...
He's a keeper. 
(We were laughing with friends... and appreciating the beautiful work he did)

If you were there, a smiling face in the crowd...
 thank you so much for
... and ...if your were there in spirit...
I have a souvenir for you too.

At the Fair, I shared my never before published
award winning pecan pie recipe... my favorite.

I'm sharing it here on the blog today...with you.

Pecan pie is my all-time favorite pie.
 I haven't tried every pie flavor 
known to human-kind,
but of the pies I've sampled,
 pecan is still my favorite.

This particular pecan pie also ended up 
becoming my 100th blue ribbon win this year...
Perhaps, and maybe
 it was simply meant
to be... 

(Sometimes when you love something sooo much,
other people can't help but to love it too...)

All the fuss this pie has had
 certainly helps keep pecan pie solidly in 
my heart and in my number one slot.

So...keep on scrolling down to the bottom
 of this post, that's where
you'll find the recipe.

Did you know that the
 amazing, super-fun
Country Living weekend
 would never
have been possible without these two

It's true.  

It takes a village to keep me in line,
 on task... get all my
baking gear where it needs to be (it's heavy) 
to arrive on time...and without any 
lipstick on my teeth...
(These women had everything under control)

These lovely ladies, 
Lesley and Rebecca handled 
our two-day adventure with style and grace,
...and with plenty of laughs.
We had fun... a busy time, but full
of laughter and fun memories.
I so appreciate their willingness to help and
 the time it took away from their own busy family schedules.
... thank you friends. xo

A GREAT BIG thank you to 
Country Living Magazine, for having me
on your Kitchen Stage!!
It was such fun...

Thank you to 
Stella Show Management Company, what a truly
wonderful group of amazing people to work with.

Betty Lyn, Daphne, and Peggy... 
you make it all look so effortless...
 and I know,
enormous amounts of hard work 
and dedication go into creating
such a wonderful event. 
 Your attention to detail 
does not go unnoticed... 
You lovely women, make this a
spectacular event to be involved with.

Special Thanks to audience member and
 photographer: Courtney Minton of Courtney Paige Photography for
capturing this photo and sharing it.  So sweet.  -thank you.

Blue Ribbon Kitchen: Prize-Winning Pecan Pie
2017 Ohio State Fair Single Crust Division 1st place pie
Karri Perry,

Baking temp: 350
Time: 50-55 minutes
Yields: 9-inch pie

Pie Dough
2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp good quality lard
2 Tbsp Crisco-either butter flavor or original is fine
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
¼cup- plus 2 Tbs ice cold water and vodka mixed 50/50

½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup light brown
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup dark corn syrup
6 TBS butter melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cup chopped toasted pecans
2/3 cup un-toasted whole-unblemished pecans for edging pie-decoration is optional

Step 1: Mix together flour, sugar and salt, set aside.  Make pie dough by cutting in (using a pastry cutter or food processor) butter, shortening and lard into the flour, sugar and salt.  Add liquid a little at a time…Once dough comes together, shape into 2 equal disks and let rest, covered tightly, at least one hour in the refrigerator. (only one disk of dough is used for this pie)

Step 2: Roll out 1 dough round to ¼ inch thick, fill pie plate.  Set aside in refrigerator.

Step 3: Whisk eggs, sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, extract, salt and vanilla together.  Fold in chopped toasted pecans.

Step 4: Fill pie with pecan mixture.  Top with whole pecans around edges.  Add dough cut-outs in decorative shapes if desired.

Step 5: Bake in preheated 350-degree oven, on the lowest rack for 55-60 minutes or until filling is set.  Allow to cool before serving.

In case you need this recipe too...

If you would like the award winning buttermilk biscuit recipe, please click below.

Thanks for stopping by...
I'll leave you with a little 
country wisdom about
friendship and biscuit making.  xo


  1. Indeed, it was a great day! My Mom and I enjoyed your presentation and recipe!

    1. Thank you Lori!! So happy you had a fun time... it's a weekend I always look forward to!!

  2. Hi, Karri. I'm enjoying your blog! Just thought I'd point out that you misspelled the word 'souvenir' twice in your post. I know, I know! Typing too fast, fat fingers, etc. just thought you should know because I think it hurts your credibility as a blogger if you don't at least use spell check.

  3. Hi Sharon, Thank you so much for pointing out my spelling error. You'll be happy to know I took care of it right away. I try my best to get everything perfect before publishing a post, but sometimes; with revisions and multiple reads... mistakes unfortunately sometimes get through. I certainly hope my loyal readers will be able to look past my misspelling(s) from today. Thank you again for looking out for me and bringing the error to my attention. Best, Karri