Healthy or classic pecan pie?

I’m back!! And, I’m feeling much better. Actually, I started feeling better just before Thanksgiving, but with the usual holiday festivities, I didn’t get a chance to blog until now. Thanks to everyone for their well wishes!

My sister (Codename: Chunklet’s mom) requested pecan pie, and I had enough to make two pies. So, I performed an experiment by making a “healthy” pie and a “classic” pie.

For the healthy pecan pie recipe, I followed Cooking Light’s maple-bourbon pecan pie and substituted in brandy for the bourbon. Chunklet’s mom found it quite tasty but said it had a slight soapy taste. Not sure what that means. My other sister (Codename: DSN Engineer) said it was really good, but then spit it out after hearing it was healthy. I think she was being unduly harsh towards the healthiness! Ha! I thought it was just sweet and gooey enough but was disconcerted by the fact that some of the egg whites ended up not incorporating enough.

As for the “classic” pecan pie, I went with the recipe found on the back of the Karo corn syrup bottles. My sisters greatly preferred this “full decadence version” because of the extremely gooey, sticky, and delicious flavor of the pie. They didn’t even mind the lack of bourbon or brandy.

So, when it comes to pecan pie, classic is better, as with most types of desserts. Although both pies were completely gone by the end of the meal, my sisters were happier with the classic recipe. However, my niece (Codename: Chunklet) had no problems eating either pie! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!


61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thekalechronicles
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 16:15:19

    This post made me check out the Cooking Light version (somewhere I would not normally go). I like to make pecan or walnut pie with maple syrup instead of Karo, but I use whole eggs. And I would never eat anything with low-fat ice cream (as CL suggested) — if I’m going to eat anything with pecan pie — it’s got to be lightly sweetened whipped cream.

  2. Eileen
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 16:17:36

    My brother always bakes the pecan pie from the Karo bottle, and it’s the best thing ever. I plan to make one for Christmas. Chunklet is ADORABLE.

  3. Three-Cookies
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 17:19:42

    Healthy pie is also good as long as you don’t mention its healthy:)

  4. Kathy
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 17:58:00

    That is a delicious looking pie! Sorry to say, we didn’t have a pecan pie this year. Just love the photo of Chunklet….she’s beautiful!

  5. Parsley Sage
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 18:00:28

    OHMIGOSH! What a cutie! And I think that pie looks outstanding šŸ™‚ The healthier the better as far as I’m concerned!

  6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 18:09:01

    Both look good, but the classic sounds better. I love how great the recipes on the back of bottles and cans can be.

  7. Andreea
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 20:26:21

    Thanks for your link to that healthy pecan pie, I think I’m going to try it.

  8. Ronda
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 22:18:13

    What a cutey! I am so glad you are feeling better. I was a bit worried about you!

  9. Life is Full
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 22:35:32

    Your niece is a cutie!! You baked two pies, wow! They both look great, not very different in terms of ingredients too! Try the one on Joy of Baking website, it uses golden syrup. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Yuri
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 22:38:06

    Both pies look great šŸ™‚ could Chunklet be any cuter? ā¤

  11. Anita Menon
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 00:42:29

    Your niece is so cute! XO

    I would have gobbled up your healthy pie any day. I am sucker for anything that says ‘healthy’

    Hope you had a great holiday and so glad to have you back.

  12. Cakelaw
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 04:49:59

    So glad that you are feeling better. Both pies look amazing!

  13. mary
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 07:49:52

    She is SO gorgeous! I suppose when it comes to dessert a little bit of the full blown thing is the way to go – your sisters are so lucky to have you to make these pies!
    mary x

  14. spicegirlfla
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 08:28:07

    I do like to tweak desserts to be healthier tho sometimes the classics just need to remain as so. It is the holidays after all! Your little Chunklet is so adorable!!

  15. sara
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 13:04:05

    Glad you are feeling better…both those pies do look amazing, and your niece is super cute! šŸ™‚

  16. Simply Life
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 13:12:06

    They are so lucky to be your taste testers for two pies!!!

  17. Beth
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 14:53:46

    What a little sweetheart! Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. Good idea to serve a healthy and a classic version, and let people choose!

  18. Cher
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 16:39:49

    Pictures of darling children always welcome…
    Glad to hear you are feeling better & had a great holiday.

  19. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 18:03:35

    I’d rather have a smaller piece of a full-fat dessert than a big piece of the “healthy” version šŸ™‚

  20. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 18:53:29

    You know I made my mother’s classic French Apple Pie for Thanksgiving this year (she was elsewhere), so I know what you mean by nothing like a classic (though my healthier apple crisp was also well-received). Then we went to friends’ for a 2nd Thanksgiving on Friday and had an amazing Pecan Pie. Yours looks so good, my mouth is watering again!

  21. Betty
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 20:43:11

    They both sound good to me! So glad you’re feeling better and that you had a good Thanksgiving. šŸ™‚

  22. Miriam Barton
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 21:50:34

    You can never really go wrong with pecan pie, healthy versions or not. :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  23. Mary
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 22:47:32

    I’m glad you are feeling better–it’s no fun to be sick during the holidays. I do love a good pecan pie, but I’d go for the unhealthy version too!

  24. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 00:15:59

    hi yummy chunklet, am so happy to know that you are better health wise.. take good care of yourself dear. hey, how many chunklets are there huh? great that you are close with your own siblings.
    oh i didnt know, thanks for sharing, now i will go for nothing less than “classic recipe” on pecan pie…but who is that cutie pie? šŸ™‚

    • yummychunklet
      Nov 28, 2011 @ 15:15:55

      That little baby is my niece, who I’ve nicknamed “Chunklet”. She’s also the namesake of the blog: Yummy for the food and Chunklet for my niece! =D

  25. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 01:10:56

    Chunklet is such a cutie!!! I love pecan pie, but my husband is not a fan, so I’ve never made it. I may need to try and convert him.

    One time I made some beautiful lemon meringue pies. Everyone was raving about them, until one person said they tasted like soap. I tried one–they did! One of my pans must have had soap in it! Everyone stopped pretending after that.

    Though I’m guessing yours didn’t actually taste like soap or it wouldn’t have gotten devoured. They both look delicious! šŸ™‚

  26. hotlyspiced
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 04:51:04

    I think you’re right – if you’re going to have a decadent dessert, just go with the typical calorie laden recipe but have a smaller slice. You really shouldn’t mess with the classics!

  27. Liz
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 06:21:35

    Oh, my gosh! Chunklet is getting so big! What a beauty! I love that Karo syrup recipe…that’s what I always use. Unfortunately, I’m the only pecan pie eater in the family (my parents and in-laws weren’t here), so I couldn’t justify baking one! Glad you’re feeling better!!

    PS…had to LOL at your sister’s critique…only family can get away with being so brutally honest!

  28. kitchenbelleicious
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 08:28:55

    Hey I say call it whatever you want as long as you share it with me! LOL! Pecan pie is the ultimate southern dessert. This year I did a twist on it and did a brownie pecan pie. Oh my it was great but I am drooling over your picture and wishing I had a piece right now!

    Oh and chunklet is too too too adorable and beautiful!

  29. saffronandhoney
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 09:44:24

    Chunklet is so so adorable!

    You know, I think when some people hear ‘healthy’ they immediately expect to like it less, but it’s not always the case šŸ™‚

  30. ceciliag
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 09:50:37 been gone for ages, i hope you are feeling better.. love the pecan pie! c

  31. erica @
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 13:07:47

    I have never had pecan pie before, but I have always wanted to try it! xo

  32. Caroline
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 14:35:44

    So, so glad you’re feeling better and that you’re back! Missed you! Love pecan pie, healthy or fattening, I’m all in. šŸ˜‰

  33. eatinglikeahorse
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 15:14:59

    Your niece is absolutely gorgeous! Love her – and I think I’d have had no problem with either of these pies; they both look delicious šŸ™‚

  34. chunklet's mom
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 15:19:47

    Classic pie was 100% better :-p

  35. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 15:26:56

    That chunklet is awfully cute! I love pecan pie, and nothing beats a classic

  36. bakingaddict
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 15:46:47

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. I love pecan pie and I love that you made 2 versions to suit everyone!

  37. brambleoak
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 17:05:34

    I’m a classic kind of girl but they both look amazing!

  38. rebecca
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 17:19:37

    aww look at her and classic everytime

  39. Traffic Diva
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 17:41:19

    I didn’t get to try it but I would vote for the classic peacan pie…my grandfather aka Pappa wouldn’t have it any other way!! And Chunklet is simply adorable..she’s grown so fast in such a short amount of time!! =)

  40. Jeannie
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 19:03:05

    So cute! And I am into pies right now so this recipe will be bookmarked:) Of course the classic one is preferable!

  41. Asmita
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 19:24:18

    I am sure both pies were yummy but I would go for the classic.

  42. peachkins
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 20:16:49

    chunklet is adorable!

  43. Thu
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 21:54:01

    Chunklet is adorable, I love her little hat! I am glad you are feeling better. I would go for the classic myself, I have never been much of a healthy eater. Hope you had a great long weekend.

  44. Holly
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 21:58:58

    Glad your feeling better! As for the pies. I’d take either one! šŸ™‚

  45. Elaine
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 23:10:53

    That is such an adorable photo of your niece! I am the only one in my family who loves pecan pie and so I think I am going to make me a mini-one, but I don’t think it will be very healthy, more like the gooey classic one. šŸ˜‰ So glad you are feeling better!

  46. JasmyneTea
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 23:47:13

    Chunklet is so cute; I love her hat!
    I’ve never had a pecan pie, I’ll have to give it a go šŸ™‚

  47. vianney
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 23:51:19

    glad your feeling better!! ohhh pecan pie is our fav!! two great versions … the last pic is too cute!!

  48. Von
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 01:13:14

    ngaww….so cute! love all your codenames šŸ˜›
    I think if there wasn’t a comparison between the healthy and the classic pecan pie, everyone would have still loved the healthy version šŸ™‚ It looks delicious!

  49. sally
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 08:44:47

    What a cute picture of Chunklet! I think I would have enjoyed both pies too!

  50. Betty Manousos
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 08:48:24

    glad you feel better!

    that is a very delicious looking pie! what i wouldn’t do for a bit of that pie right now.

    have a great day!

  51. Kelly
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:05:46

    Happy to hear that you’re feeling better! No fun being sick. How about a smaller slice of the divine? ;0

  52. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:53:40

    Don’t mess with the pecan pie. It’s just not right. šŸ˜‰ Glad you all got together and had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Chunklet is ADORABLE! Pecan pie is my fave, especially with bourbon inside. I ate a slice for breakfast the next day since I made it and took it home (the only slice left…I am such a selfish baker).

  53. Louise
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 13:35:37

    So glad you’re feeling better, Yummy. I just read your peanut butter and jelly shortbread wedges post too. Wow! The notion of shaving the shortbread is quite intriguing:)

    Would you believe, I’ve never had Pecan Pie? Once I think of Karo as an ingredient, I get turned off my the thought of such sweetness. Strange, I know.

    Thanks for sharing, though. I have a feeling I might like the healthy version. And yes, your niece is absolutely adorable!!!

  54. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 14:50:47

    I would definitely rather splurge on dessert!

  55. sanya
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 17:04:19

    What a gorgeous girl!
    And your pies look great!
    I’m a bit like your sister, if I know it’s healthy it loses it’s appeal!!!

  56. foodfashionandflow
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 18:10:11

    I am so glad you are feeling better. I never knew there was a such thing as a healthy pecan pie (LOL) It looks really delicious!

  57. Reem | Simply Reem
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 18:28:17

    I am glad you are feeling good…
    I love the idea of healthy pie, sounds good to me…
    B/W your niece is adorable.

  58. Christy
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 18:44:49

    Great to hear that you are getting well, and your healthy pie is just the recipe for it, I guess? šŸ˜›

  59. Renee
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 21:46:17

    Good to know classic is always in!!

  60. Trevor Sis Boom
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 23:18:20

    Cute!!! I think that pecan pie is the only real reason to ever have Karo syrup around. I don’t think I would have spit it out but I’m sure I would have favored non-healthy…considering the occasion.

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