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My Favorite Walnut Pie

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This is a lovely, easy, fool-proof recipe that is delicious. It is best eaten warm with lashings of whipped cream or ice cream or perhaps a drizzle of chocolate.

Try to cook with beautiful, tasty walnuts, the kind you would like to eat on their own. Some varieties used for baking can be slightly bitter so be sure to taste test before you start.

This recipe is similar to a pecan pie recipe, rich and luscious, but I like the fresher and lighter taste of walnuts… and I love, love the addition of chocolate, yum 💕

I love seeing your creations, so if you bake this please tag @life.with.janet on Instagram so I am notified 💕

Watch my video here

Walnut Pie Recipe


  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 60g melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g chocolate (optional)
  • 1 heaped cup of walnuts
  • sweet pie case- recipe here


Preheat oven to 200°C

Pour into a prepared and partially cooked sweet pastry case, ensuring that the walnuts are well spread over the pie case.

Place on a baking tray.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 10 minutes, then reduce to 180°C and bake for a further 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set and golden brown.

Remove and allow to cool for at least 1 hour before serving. If needed, store at room temperature until ready to serve.


Use a lovely, dark cooking chocolate for a rich, mellow flavor.

If you like a pie jam packed with filling try doubling the mixture- this works well, just be sure to slowly pour the filling into the pie case and follow my tip in the video which is to pour the last of the filling into the pie case when it is actually in the oven. Slide the rack back into the oven very slowly to avoid any sloshing all over the show. Adjust baking time as needed.

It is such an easy recipe I have not needed to bake it in advance but it should work okay, not sure. I would keep the pie in the fridge overnight and then when it is time to serve heat it in the oven at a very low temperature.

🥧 Sweet Pie Case Recipe

This is a beautiful, buttery, shortcake recipe. It is very old fashioned and is the type of pastry my mother would make on many, many occasions. She loved to make apple pies with this pastry and they were a favorite dessert for the family when we were growing up.

So, you can see it is versatile and can be adapted to use with any sweet pie filling, just perfect for my walnut pie.

Watch my video here

🥧 Ingredients

  • 125g butter softened to room temperature
  • 1-2 TBsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 & 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

🥧 Method

Pre heat oven to 200°C

Mix the butter and sugar together until roughly combined, then add the egg and mix lightly.

Add the flour and baking powder and mix until crumbs are formed. It should form small moist balls of dough that will hold together when squeezed in your hand.

Turn the mixture out and press it all together into a ball and stand for a few minutes.

Roll out the dough and line the base and sides of a loose bottomed flan tin. I like to press the mixture into the flan tin instead of rolling out but this is just personal preference… an old fashioned method.

Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C if you are going to be continuing to bake with a filling. Or bake for 15-20 minutes to fully bake if you are using a filling that does not require further cooking in the pie case, for example lemon curd.

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