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This sweet and nutty walnut pie is the perfect dessert for all of your holiday parties. There are flavors of caramelized brown sugar and butter running throughout, making each bite a dream!
Brown Sugar Walnut Pie Recipe
Pie season is upon us! This is my favorite time of year because of that very reason. I’m one of those people that prefers pie over cake and so as you can imagine, Thanksgiving makes me very happy. Today’s post is about an incredible pie you are all going to love! Walnut pie! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since I made it. I love nutty pies, and trust me- I thought homemade pecan pie was as good as it gets, but boy, this walnut pie is some real competition.
It all starts with my grandma’s perfect pie crust, then all we do is fill it with a buttery brown sugar walnut mixture. From there, you just throw it in the oven for 40 minutes and let the magic happen! Believe me when I say this is one of the most amazing pies that I’ve had. And that’s a lot! You can find my pie master list here. Something about the golden flaky crust with a caramelized walnut filling is absolutely divine. Also, if you’ve found pecan pie to be too sweet for you, this is your recipe! Walnuts have a bit stronger, more bitter flavor than pecans, which when combined with a brown sugar filling, creates a truly nutty flavor that isn’t too sweet! You’re going to love it!
Ingredients for Walnut Pie
Walnut pie is the perfect dessert to make in a pinch! The list of ingredients is so short and sweet! And the best part? I bet you’ve got all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. If you’re looking for measurements, they can be found in the recipe card below.
- Pie Crust: You can use either homemade or store bought. I personally recommend using my grandma’s homemade recipe here! It’s super easy to make and will upgrade all of your pies!
- Eggs: Used to bind all of your filling ingredients together.
- Salt: Added to enhance and balance flavors.
- Brown Sugar: Brown sugar is a must! It gives your filling that perfect rich, caramelized flavor.
- Vanilla: Adding vanilla extract is a great way to give your pie extra flavor. I like using pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for best results!
- Light Corn Syrup: We add corn syrup to the filling mix for a sweet flavor and smooth texture.
- Unsalted Butter: Add melted, unsalted butter to your walnut pie filling for some rich goodness!
- Chopped Walnuts: Walnuts have the best rich, buttery flavor! It’s perfect for a pie. You can adjust the size of the pieces to your liking.
How to Make a Walnut Pie
Once you start making pies from scratch, you won’t go back! It’s a surefire way to impress your guests and tastes amazing, too! Your family will love this nutty dessert cooked to a golden brown.
- Preheat: To begin, preheat the oven to 400° and place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
- Prepare Crust: Place the rolled pie crust into a 9-inch pie pan and either flute the edges or make a decorative edge. Then, store in the fridge until you are ready to bake the pie.
- Walnut Filling: In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, brown sugar, salt, vanilla and corn syrup. Stir in the walnuts and add the filling to the chilled pie crust.
- Bake: Next, bake for 15 minutes at 400° Fahrenheit and then lower the heat to 350° and bake for another 35-40 minutes, until the center of the pie is slightly jiggly but set. If the top of the pie or the crust seems to be getting too dark too fast, place a sheet of foil gently over the whole pie to keep it from burning while the pie finishes baking.
- Enjoy: Cool the pie to room temperature and serve.
Tips for the Perfect Walnut Pie
Although this is one of the most foolproof pies you can make, here are a few extra tips and tricks to make your walnut pie shine! It’s sure to become one of your favorite holiday dessert recipes.
- For the Perfect Golden Crust: If you notice your crust is getting too dark while baking, tent it with foil while it cooks.
- Toast Walnuts: If you really want to enhance your walnuts, try toasting them before adding to your filling! Cook them over medium heat on the stove for a few minutes. This makes them perfectly browned and aromatic.
- Keep it Sweet: If you’re like me and love a sweet pie, try adding ½ cup of honey or maple syrup to your walnut filling mixture!
- Serve With: This pie is divine on its own, but also tastes amazing à la mode or with whipped cream on top. If you want a little extra indulgence, try drizzling fudge or caramel sauce on top!
Storing Leftover Walnut Pie
Too full after dinner to enjoy a slice of walnut pie? No worries! This tasty treat can be stored and enjoyed days later!
- At Room Temperature: Cover your pie lightly with plastic wrap. It will last for 3-4 days.
- Reheating: For that just-baked effect, reheat your pie by popping it in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
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- Preheat the oven to 400° and place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
- In a large bowl beat together the eggs, brown sugar, salt, vanilla, and corn syrup. Stir in the walnuts and add the filling to the chilled pie crust.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 400° and then lower the heat to 350° and bake for another 35-40 minutes, until the center of the pie is slightly jiggly but set. If the top of the pie or the crust seems to be getting too dark too fast, place a sheet of foil gently over the whole pie to keep it from burning while the pie finishes baking.
- Cool the pie to room temperature and serve.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.