Can you substitute molasses for dark corn syrup for the Mississippi pecan pie recipe?
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Hi there, P!
It won't be a 1:1 swap with dark corn syrup and molasses. I'd probably try 3 parts light corn syrup to 1 part molasses; or you could try brown rice syrup, golden syrup (like Lyle's); or cane syrup. I might be wary that the sugar will crystallize differently and could make your pie grainier, however—so it could be a risk.
Thanks for the info - i think i better just brave the grocery store and get some dark corn syrup.
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The molasses is going to give it a very different flavor - seriously not a good idea for a true Southern pecan pie -- wholly apart from the chemical structure.
Yes, brave the grocery store.
BUT, if you have light corn syrup, you can use that, but make sure that at least 2-3 tablespoons of the sugar in the recipe is brown sugar. I've done that many times. (I married a nice fellow from the deep south a long, long time ago and have made dozens of pecan pies for him over the years since, tweaking on occasion along the way . . . . ) Have fun, and Happy Thanksgiving! ;o)
Southern born Virginia Willis is a French-trained chef, food writer, and content creator. Her latest cookbook, Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome received a James Beard Award of Excellence in 2016.
P -- are you trying to simply to avoid using corn syrup?
I've seen maple syrup given as a substitute, though I don't suppose it has a large tradition in Mississippi. Couldn't swear to the balance of sugars, either, but I think pretty close.
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