Bourbon Pecan Pie

It is pie season and what could be better than a classic pecan pie with a splash of bourbon?

Decadent- but worth every calorie

I love pie. I have featured a coconut cream, rhubarb- peach, rustic apple and chocolate cream pie and now- I give you Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie. Oh yes, my darlings. Pee-can Pie.

Hunky Hubbie and I were on our annual trip across the country from Florida to Montana and decided to make a pit stop off I-75 in rural Georgia to pick up a little lunch and a few bags of fresh Georgia Pecans for pie baking. My husband’s family is from Georgia and he attended law school in Macon, so this is a much beloved pilgrimage.

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Toast the nuts before adding to the pie filling for extra crunch and flavor

We stopped at Lane Southern Orchards which is a perfect stop for its’ charm, ambiance and the huge pecan groves so our Golden Retirever could run around and wear himself out a bit. We stoped in the cafe and picked up several bags of Lane’s gorgeous fragrant pecans.

Fresh whipped cream- yes.
I used fresh Georgia Mammoth pecans for this recipe.

I wanted to make a pie that honors my husband’s Southern roots in Georgia. I created a pie that is not too sweet and has a touch of Bourbon- because, well, Hunky Hubbie loves his bourbon.

I statrted with my husband’s grandmother’s pie recipe that is as classic as they come:

3 medium eggs

1 cup dark Karo Syrup

1/2 cup sugar

4 TBSP butter

pinch salt

1 TBSP vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

It is baked in a pastry shell and is as perfect as you can get. Delicious.

But, I can never things well enough alone.

Shortbread cookies are the secreet to this pie crust

I remembered a Garden & Gun recipe from their cookbook: The Southerner’s Cookbook which had a shortbread cookie crust and a sourghum- bourbon filing. Okay- now we’re talking. But that recipe proved to be a tad too sweet for me and sourgham is not readily available everywhere.

So- third try.

No sorghum, but molasses, way less Karo syrup, lots more pecans and a touch of sea salt. Bam! The molasses has a slightly smokey flavor and mixed with the soft floral notes of the bourbon- pie heaven! Oh me- Oh my!

A touch of dark karo syrup, light brown sugar and molasses intensify the pie

Serve with unsweetened whipped cream unless you have a wicked sweet tooth and want to add a pinch of sugar.

Enjoy!

Melt the butter & sugar then add in the good stuff

Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie

  • for the crust:
  • 16 shortbread pecan sandies

  • 6 TBSP all purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter- cut into pieces- cold

  • for the filling:
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans, (6 oz) chopped and lightly toasted

  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1/4 cup dark Karo syrup

  • 1/2 cup molasses

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 3 large eggs, beaten well

  • 3 TBSP bourbon

  • butter for the pie plate

  • heavy cream- for topping

Method- baking: 45 minutes. Cooling time: 4 hours

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter very liberally a 9″ pie plate
  • For the crust:
    In a food processor, process the shortbread cookies and the flour until well combined. Add in the salt & butter and pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pour the crumb mixture into the buttered pie plate. With the back of a 1 cup measuring cup, press the pie crust into shape and up the sides of the dish.
    CHILL for 30 minutes.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove, set on a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • For the filling:
    Put the 6 TBSP of butter, light brown sugar and 1/2 tsp of kosher salt into a saucepan and cook over medium low heat until melted and fully combined. Whisking, add in the Karo syrup, molasses and bourbon.
    Beat eggs in a small bowl. Off heat, add 1/8 of a cup of the bourbon-sugar mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly to temper them so they do not scramble. Add in a small amount of the bourbon mixture three to four more times to the eggs. Then pour the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook until glossy- about 2-3 more minutes. Off heat, pour in the vanilla. Fold in the toasted pecans.
  • Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees until the pie is set.
    Let the pie cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve with unsweetened freshly whipped heavy cream. The pie will keep up to two days in the fridge if well wrapped with plastic .
Press the crust into shape with the back of a dry meaasuring cup
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes then cool completely
Pour in the filing
Southern Pie baking at its best.
The nutty aromas filled my kitchen
Our golden retriever loved his field trip to Lane Orchards

2 Comments

  1. Michael Moffitt

    Pecan Pie is one of my very favorite desserts. When we lived in Athen Georgia, Mary alice and I used to go over to the University and gather the pecans that were falling off of the trees and she made wonderful pecan pies from them! I like your addition of the “touch” of bourbon!!! Yum.

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