It took me a week to put my finger on why I don’t like this pie. I mean honestly I should, because it has all the ingredients I love. Then it dawned on me…this pie is masquerading around like a pecan pie. It’s like someone decided to make a pecan pie and took a nip or two too much bourbon and the creation of Frankenstein began.
(in your best sinister voice, rubbing your hands together) Yes, let’s add some chocolate chips (I LOVE them). I also hate whole pecans on a pie because they are notoriously difficult to chew or cut. Not to mention, I like them over roasted it adds to their hardness and burnt flavor. While we’re at it, let’s splash a little bourbon in the mix to provide it with flavor and whoop things up!
Not only that, it is an unattractive pie (wouldn’t take it to impress the in-laws). The mixture of flavors was too much. Not enough of the actual pie filling and too many pecans. This pie is an imposter and a fraud and will not see the light of day in my kitchen without severe tweaking.
INGREDIENTS Temp: 375°
CRUST Time: 55 mins
~ 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
~ 2 teaspoons sugar
~ 1/4 teaspoon salt
~ 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
~ 1/4 cup ice water
~ 2 cups (about 7 ounces) pecans
~ 3 large eggs
~ 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
~ 2/3 cup light corn syrup
~ 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
~ 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
~ 3 tablespoons bourbon
~ 1/2 teaspoon salt
~ 3/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
~ Mix flour, sugar and salt
~ Add butter and cut with dry mixture until the butter is pea size.
~ Add ice water. Knead until the dough sticks together. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
~ Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface.
~ Fit the dough into a 9-inch glass pie plate.
~ Trim the overhang to 1/2 inch, fold the edge under itself and crimp decoratively. refrigerate until firm.
~ Preheat the oven to 375°
~ Toast the pecans for about 8 minutes, or until fragrant; coarsely chop.
~ While that cooks….
~ Whisk eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, melted butter, bourbon and salt.
~ Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips.
~ Pour the filling into the pie shell.