Maple Pecan Pie
Diamond Nuts has this simple pecan pie recipe that calls for just maple syrup, pecans, eggs and vanilla. (And of course a crust, for which they do not include a recipe, so you’re on your own there, self-starters.)
I hate corn syrup. It’s not about farming practices or GMOs. Corn syrup is just gross. The sticky, slimy texture is awful, and the way it coats your teeth is just ugh, so unpleasant. So while I love pecan pie, I don’t make it with corn syrup. Just enough goo to hold together the pecans is what I like, because I’m here for the nuts.
Usually, I just turn the whole thing into a rectangular tart, but this is Pi Day, so do not do that. What you should do is top this pie with ice cream. Vanilla or chocolate would be yummiest, but I will not judge if you use mint chocolate chip. Ok, I’m lying; I will judge you a little bit.
If you find that pecans are too expensive or hard to find, combine with or substitute walnuts. It’s not exactly the same, but it will be perfectly delicious, unless you are Andrew Zimmern. He just really hates walnuts. Of all the things.
Recommended ice cream pairing: Like I already said, use real vanilla bean or chocolate. If you can find cinnamon ice cream, that would be delicious.