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Double chocolate pecan pie. With bourbon. Is there anything better?
I love desserts of all kinds. As much as I like making them, I like eating them. I waited in line for an hour for cookies in Amsterdam once. I don’t know what my favorite type of dessert would be if you asked me, but pie is definitely at the top of that list. So I tend to make a lot of pies over the holidays.
Pumpkin and pecan are two classic pies, and I love them both, but I would probably choose pecan if I absolutely had to make a choice. It’s not good for you in any way. It’s high in calories and sugar, and unlike pumpkin pie, there’s not a vegetable in sight. But it’s something I only eat once a year, so I like to indulge.
I’ve made a few pecan pies in my life, and I find they are better when made with bourbon. But then again, I love bourbon almost as much as I love pecans. Oh, and chocolate. I don’t know who’s idea it was to put chocolate in a pecan pie, but I love them.
So for this pie, I added two kinds of chocolate, milk and dark. I only tried it because my favorite chocolate chip cookies have both milk and dark chocolate in it. It can’t possibly hurt in pecan pie, right? Right.
Like everything, good chocolate is key here. You can use chips, but choose good quality ones. It’s easy to buy good chocolate online, although some grocery stores carry better brands this time of year. I like Guittard, Callebaut, and Valrhona, but I’ll get Ghirardelli bittersweet chips if that’s the best available.
Fresh pecans are also important. So if you’ve got a bag of pecans that have been in your pantry forever, do yourself a favor and buy a new one. Stale nuts have a rancid taste that will ruin your whole pie. Since you get a good bit of nuts in every bite, you don’t want that. For the bourbon, use whatever you have; you don’t need much and it doesn’t have to be the best. So don’t use your most expensive rare bourbon here. I used Maker’s Mark.
I make an easy all-butter pie crust that I use for this recipe, but if you have a favorite, you can certainly use it.
Double Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
For extra indulgence, this double chocolate pecan pie is perfect for your holiday table. All made better with bourbon.