Renee Conoulty: How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie by Gina Henning


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie by Gina Henning

A warm pie. A tasty guy. Happy Thanksgiving indeed.
Lauren Hauser is home for the holidays, and she’s been given a challenge: preparing her grandmother’s pecan pie. The problem? Lauren’s not famed for her baking skills. In fact, while her sister would win Star Baker every week, and her mom at least knows a sieve from a spatula, Lauren’s bakes have always been more dangerous than delicious!
Still, no Thanksgiving would be complete without dessert…which is why Lauren finds herself searching for pecans on Thanksgiving Eve. Stumbling into a gorgeous stranger laden down with bags of pecans seems like a holiday miracle…but despite Jack’s kissable lips he’s frostier than a snow cone…and out of sight before she can say ‘Macy’s Parade’!
As the clock counts down to Thanksgiving dinner, Lauren is running out of time. And without her grandmother’s perfect pecan pie it won’t be a very Happy Thanksgiving! What Lauren needs is a knight in shining armour. And it might just be that the magic of Thanksgiving will find her one after all…

Hey! Here's my review.

This is the first book in the Home for the Holidays series. I read this series out of order, starting at book two, then book three. Now I have come back to the beginning to see how it all started. I have noticed the author's writing improve over the series and I'm really looking forward to book four coming out soon.

It was strange meet Jack and not like him after being totally in love with him in the following books. It took me quite a while to warm up to him in this book.

This is a fun, light chick lit read. Perfect to enjoy with a cuppa and a slice of pie. Mmmm pecan pie. Now I'm hungry again. 

I listened to the audiobook edition, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator spoke clearly and at a good pace.


  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: audiobook
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And if you came here looking for an actual recipe, here's the one from the book.

Grandma’s Award Winning Pie Recipe 
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 ounces chopped pecans 
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2    In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy, and stir in melted butter. Stir in the brown sugar, white sugar, and the flour; mix well. Last add the milk, vanilla, molasses, salt….
3    Pour into an unbaked 9-inch pie shell. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until done.
 Flaky Pastry Pie Crust Recipe
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water
1    Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
2    Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3    Stir in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, until the crust mixture forms a ball.
4    Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
5    Sprinkle flour onto rolling surface. Roll dough out.
6    Place crust in pie plate, pressing evenly into the bottom and sides.

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