Here we are, the final item on our menu.  And what an item it is!  It is decadent; it is indulgent; it is just downright mean of me to even show you this recipe.  If you find yourself sneaking into the kitchen just to make sure this pie doesn’t need a little piece cut off here and there, you know, just to even things up (certainly not to nibble!), don’t say I didn’t warn you.  I probably should admit that I am eating a slice as I write this.


Chocolate Pecan Pie with a Bourbon & Molasses Whipped Cream

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  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust (refrigerated, roll out dough)
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon, good-quality
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Put  pie crust in pie plate. (Yes, I cheated on the pie crust.  Sometimes, short cuts are necessary.) I am not good at fluting a crust, so I have come up with a method that works pretty well for me.  I use a straw to form the indention of the flutes and use a finger to push up an edge around the straw.  This little method gives nice and even fluting without over-touching the pastry, making it tough.  Ok. I know some of you pie experts out there are laughing, but this really works for a gal who has two left thumbs when it comes to crust!

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Cover bottom of pie crust with pecans.

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Chop the chocolate.  Resist the temptation to sample.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, sugar, bourbon and the chopped chocolate. Stir until all ingredients are combined.

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Pour mixture into the pie shell over the pecans and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet.

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Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350° and continue to bake for an additional 25-35 minutes or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

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Bourbon & Molasses Whipped Cream

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  • 1 1/4 C very cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped and reserved
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon

Preparation

Combine the cream, vanilla seeds, syrup and bourbon in a large chilled bowl and whip until soft peaks form.

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Garnish each piece of pie with a dollop of the whipped cream and mint leaves before serving.

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