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So I made a pecan pie, which turned out delicious. Pecan Pie However I was not a fan of the top of the pie.

How would I go about getting a top like that? How is this done in general? enter image description here

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Typically, you layer the pecans in the bottom of the pie shell, and then pour the custard/syrup over it. The pecans then float to the top, creating a two layer pie. You do want large enough pieces to float to the top--whole is traditional just for looking pretty.

Note also that you want to avoid beating air into the custardy/syrupy filling, which will rise to the top and help create the dryer layer above and around the nuts.

See for example, this recipe from Dear Martini, with an embedded video showing the method.

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What if it's not a custard or syrup but more like a thick sugary mixture? – ShivamD May 17 '14 at 16:37
Its an egg sugar syrup.... call it whatever you like. – SAJ14SAJ May 17 '14 at 16:38

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