Bourbon and chocolate heighten the flavor intensity and give it a deep richness. When both are added, some refer to this as “Derby Pie”. Whatever you call it, on Thanksgiving (or anytime) your guests will surely call it delicious.
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter, well chilled, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 3 tablespoons ice water
• 1 cup light corn syrup
• 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
• 1/4 cup butter, melted
• 3 tablespoons bourbon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 large eggs
• 2 cups whole pecans, divided
• 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
• Whipped cream
• In food processor bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and chilled butter pieces. Pulse the mixture several times JUST until the butter is processed into pea-sized pieces. Do not over-process.
• Adding 1 tablespoon at a time, sprinkle ice water through food chute and process JUST until dough begins to come together. Add additional ice water if necessary. Small butter pieces should still be visible in dough.
• Remove dough from bowl. Form dough into a disc about one inch thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
• Sprinkle pastry cloth or parchment paper and rolling pin lightly with flour. Roll dough from center outward into a 13-inch diameter.
• Grease pie pan lightly with butter to hold pastry in place and help with browning.
• Transfer pastry to pie plate without stretching dough. Press pastry to bottom and sides of pan. Trim pastry to about 1 inch beyond edge of pan. Turn edge of pastry under and press with thumb and pointer finger to crimp around the edge forming a pattern.
• Preheat oven to 350°F.
• Chop 1 1/2 cups pecans; set aside. Place corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, bourbon, vanilla extract, salt and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
• With electric mixer, beat on medium for about 3 minutes. Stir in chopped pecans and chocolate. Pour into prepared crust. Gently arrange remaining 1/2 cup whole pecans around top of pie.
• Bake on middle rack of oven for 50 to 55 minutes. Center will not be set. Cool several hours. Serve with whipped cream