The best ingredients make all the difference.Recipes for pecan pie are equally divided between those which call for chopped pecans and those which call for whole pecans. Whole pecans make the pie look incredibly inviting but cutting neat wedges is a challenge. One solution is to freeze the baked pie, cut it into wedges with a serrated knife and allow it to warm to serving temperature. Really good pecan pie is rare. Often, the nuts are small and indifferent, the filling is too sweet or too skimpy. How do you make a better pecan pie? Go back to the roots: pure cane syrup and fresh Georgia pecans. Someone once said that good baking is "a series of little things done right." This is so true of pecan pie.