I own a restaurant and recently started making all our desserts in house. This is one of my best sellers. Two changes I recommend – (1)skip melting the caramels, I use the Smuckers caramel ice cream topping, and (2)reduce sugar to 1/2 cup. I use a 4 cup measuring cup, put all ingredients in (except pecans), and mix. Once mixed, stir in pecans and pour into crust. I use a convection oven, and my bake time is about 45 minutes. Once the entire pie jiggles as one I remove and cool. Absolutely delicious!
I made two of these pies, with a few changes–one using the regular recipe (and substituting brown sugar for white) and one using 40 unwrapped Rolo candies in place of 36 caramels. I also put in more pecans than were called for (about 1.5 cups). Both were DELICIOUS! I also took 6 caramels, a dash of milk and a pat of butter, microwaved about 30 seconds, stirred until smooth, and drizzled over the tops of the baked pies for a caramel topping. The results were amazing!
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