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Try this warm way to convey your gratitude


A small token or gift is the perfect way to show your appreciation to any generous host or hostess this holiday season.

Small plants or floral arrangements always are welcome, as are chocolates or a jar of homemade jam. Other thoughtful gift ideas include seasonal serving pieces and table linens. Homemade baked goodies, such as this recipe, are a warm way to convey your gratitude.

Pecan-Pumpkin Pie

1 unbaked pie shell

3 eggs

1 cup packed light brown sugar

cup canned pumpkin

cup corn syrup

2 tablespoons

unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

11/3 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Sweetened whipped cream

12 pecan halves for topping

Preheat oven to 425F.

Place pie shell in a nine-inch pie pan and trim and crimp the edges of the dough.

Line crust with foil and place pie weights or dry beans over surface of crust to weigh it down during baking. Bake crust for eight minutes. Remove crust from oven, remove weights and foil from crust and reduce oven temperature to 350F.

Beat eggs, sugar and pumpkin in a medium bowl until creamy. Beat in corn syrup, butter and vanilla until smooth. Stir in chopped pecans until distributed throughout mixture. Pour pumpkin mixture into baked crust. Cover edges of pie crust with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes or until a knife inserted off center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

Place dollops of sweetened whipped cream on pie and top each dollop with a pecan half. Cut and serve.

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