Bourbon Pecan Pie

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  That is not new information.  Going over to a guy’s house for the first time is super stressful.  What makes it more stressful is when that guy is living with his dad.  Dad has serious (and I do mean serious) health issues and can’t live on his own.  But that means when I go over there, I’m not just going to see him, no, I’ll meet Dad too.

Going to anyone’s house for the first time usually involves bringing some sort of something as a gesture of gratitude for hosting.  So, if you are going to a literal bachelor pad of two grown men, what on earth can you provide?  Yes, a bottle of wine is nice, but it’s the middle of the day. A 6-pack of beer sounds good, but again, middle of the day and do they both like the same beer?  So…yeah, food is a good option.

I personally think that pecan pie is one of the best fall foods ever. It is sweet, buttery perfection in a flaky crust. There is nothing better. So pecan pie it is.  I mean who turn down a pecan pie??  Now, want to up the ante a little?  I happen to know for a fact, these two bachelors enjoy a particular drink…bourbon.  That’s right, bourbon pecan pie!  Now we’ve got something that is truly special.

When trying to find the perfect recipe for a dish that is 100% Southern, there is only one source to try. Garden & Gun magazine.  And this time, I definitely was not disappointed.  This recipe sounds perfect!

Modern Belle Life Bourbon Pecan Pie

Bourbon Pecan Pie Filling
Yield: fills one 9-inch crust
Ingredients
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ cups dark corn syrup
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 ½ tsp. all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. bourbon
1 ½ tbsp. melted sweet butter
1 ¾ cups pecans
Preparation
Using a hand mixer, combine sugar, syrup, salt, flour, and eggs, mixing well. Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes (a toothpick inserted in center should come out relatively clean). Remove from oven and place on cooling rack, allowing pie to rest for 2 to 3 hours to set.

Modern Belle Life Pie Crust Fail Bourbon Pecan PieNow, I will admit I’m not great at pie crusts yet.  The thing is they shrink as they cook and that means you have to be very careful when you are rolling, crimping the edges and pre-baking it.  I tried making my own  crust from Martha Stewart’s recipe.  As you can tell, I failed…miserably at making my own crust.  So the pre-made version came out of the freezer and to the rescue. (By the way, I found that an easy way to avoid this is letting the crust rest before and after rolling it and using a ceramic pan…you know in case you wondered.)

The follow up to this is, I never went over.  Monday went to shit real quick. I put the pie in the oven and got a text that JM was on his way to the ER with his dad.  So Tuesday night, he came over for a little while and took home the pie.  Come Wednesday evening, I get a text that says, “So….dad and I agree.  This is the absolute BEST pecan pie we’ve ever had. No shit….”  Score one for Ashley!

Modern Belle Life Bourbon Pecan Pie

 

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13 comments on “Bourbon Pecan Pie

  1. I read the post once and then had to come back again to grab the recipe. This pie looks so good that I’m going to have to try and do a gluten-free conversion so I can indulge. I didn’t realize I missed pecan pie until I saw the picture of yours!

  2. That’s so awesome that they loved your pie!!! Great! Getting the crust to be MArtha Stewart perfect is a bit of an art I must admit. You probably did a better job than I could lol

    • I’m going to try another recipe next time…we’ll see if that one turns out better. Also going to try to rest the dough more next time and maybe get a ceramic pie pan. Hopefully it turns out better next time. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Pecan pie is honestly the easiest thing in the world and it is one of my favorites! You add that to my other favorite, bourbon, and it is an amazing dessert. Worth a try! Thank you for stopping by Cheryl!

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