This southern all-American favorite is a great classic. My American friend, chef Art Smith, taught me how to make this recipe and my friends are addicted to it.–Eric Lanlard
LC Aw Nuts Note
Can’t think of much else we’d like with this pie that’s filled to the brim with sweet, sweet pecans other than some chocolate and maybe a jigger of bourbon. Whipped cream and a few more chopped pecans optional. (Although we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t considered adding a splash of bourbon to the cream while we whipped it.)
Chocolate Pecan PIe Recipe
Hands-On Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 55 minutes | Serves 8
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
- 1 single-crust pie pastry
- All-purpose flour, for the work surface
- 1 2/3 cups chopped pecans
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 2 1/2 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, chopped
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
- 2/3 cup maple syrup (the real deal)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons bourbon (optional)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Butter a 9-inch shallow pie plate or tart pan.
- 2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface just slightly larger than your pie plate. Carefully drape the pie crust over the rolling pin and transfer it to the pie plate. Place in the refrigerator.
- 3. Place the chopped pecans and pecan halves on separate baking sheets and toast them in the oven until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. (Keep an eye on them at all times and don’t leave them unattended. They can—and will—burn quickly.)
- 4. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the surface of the water, stirring occasionally. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat. Let cool slightly.
- 5. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and bourbon, if using. Beat in the melted chocolate and butter mixture.
- 6. Place the chopped pecans in the lined pie plate and pour the chocolate mixture over the top. Arrange the pecan halves on top.
- 7. Bake the pie for about 50 minutes, until golden and set. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Chocolate Pecan PIe Recipe © 2012 Eric Lanlard. Photo © 2012 Kate Whitaker. All rights reserved.