Star Trek Pecan Pie

Star Trek Pecan Pie

Soon after Dr. McCoy came aboard the Enterprise, he served Pecan Pie to his associates In the medical division. Word soon spread over the ship about his fancy Southern cooking, and the recipe was added to the synthesizer’s memory banks. Surprisingly, the most ardent fans of Pecan Pie, currently, are a couple of Minnesota Swedes from the Engineering section.

One pie serves 6 people.

What you need:

Piecrust for 1 (9-inch) pie (see page 27)
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons soft butter or margarine (warm enough
to be soft)
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dark corn syrup
I 1/2 cups pecan halves, or 1 cup broken pecans and 1/2 cup halves

Mixing bowl (3-quart size is ample)
9-inch pie pan
Electric beater (optional)

Roll out the piecrust and line the pan with it. Trim off excess around the
edges and make a decorative edge (by pinching between the fingers, or
pressing with the tines of a fork). Set it aside.

If you are planning to use an electric mixer, you can put all the
ingredients for the filling, except the pecans, into the mixing bowl and let
the mixer go to work on them. When you have a smooth mixture, add the pecan halves and pour into the pie shell. The nuts will float to the top.

If you are not going to use an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar
together, add the eggs, 1 at a time and beat into the sugar-butter mixture.
Then add the salt, vanilla and corn syrup. Mix well, add the pecans and pour
into the pie shell.

If you have chosen to use 1 cup broken pecans and 1/2 cup pecan halves, add
the broken nuts to the filling mixture. Reserve the halves to make a
decorative ring of nuts near the edge of the pie after you have poured in
the filling.

Bake at 375°F. for 20 minutes and then for 30 minutes more at 300°F.

The center of the pie may still appear, to quiver a bit when moved, though
not much. It will firm up in cooling.

Pecan pie may be served with very slightly sweetened whipped cream.

Star Trek Official Cooking Manual