¼cupunsalted buttermelted and cooled for several minutes (shouldn't be hot when you add it to your ingredients!)
Prepare homemade pie crust according to recipe instructions. As per instructions, prepare, chill, roll out, and arrange into a 9 1/2" pie plate (do not bake). Return to refrigerator to chill while you prepare pecan pie filling.
Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
Once oven is preheated, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and scatter pecan halves evenly over the surface. Transfer to 350F (175C) preheated oven and toast for 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while you prepare the rest of your pecan pie filling.
In a large bowl, whisk your eggs until pale yellow and foamy (about 30 seconds).
Add your corn syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla extract, and salt, and whisk until combined.
Add melted, slightly cooled butter and stir well/whisk to combine.
Add cooled pecan halves into mixture and stir until until completely coated in syrup mixture.
Pour pecan mixture into your prepared pie plate and transfer to 350F (175C) oven.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until pie is set (the center should not be jiggly). Be sure to check your pie 25 minutes into baking and check periodically after that, if the crust is beginning to brown too quickly, cover your pie with foil to prevent over-browning.
Allow to cool completely (at least 2 hours) before cutting and serving.
Cover pecan pie and store leftovers for up to 3 days. I usually keep mine in the refrigerator just to be safe, but this pie tastes best when its warm so I recommend reheating it in your microwave!
*Pecan pie is rich! I usually cut my slices even smaller.