Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
597 Calories
34g Fat
70g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 597
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 393mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 157mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This bourbon pecan pie includes a small amount of Kentucky bourbon. The bourbon jazzes up this pecan pie with flavor and spirit. The pie includes dark brown sugar, eggs, and butter.

The pie may be baked in an unbaked pastry crust, but a partially baked crust will ensure a firm, well-baked bottom.

If you like the flavor of toasted pecans, see the tips for how to toast them in advance. There are a variety of alternate versions of this recipe, including maple and brown sugar, and sweet potato.

Ingredients

For the Pie Pastry:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2/3 cup cake flour

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces

  • 5 tablespoons shortening, cut into small pieces

  • 1/4 cup water, ice cold

  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten, optional

For the Filling:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup

  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

  • 2 cups pecan halves or pieces, divided, toasted, if desired (see tips, below)

Steps to Make It

For the Pastry

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a food processor, combine flours, powdered sugar, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine. Sprinkle pieces of butter over the flour mixture, stir in lightly, then pulse about 6 times. Sprinkle shortening pieces over the mixture, stir in lightly, then pulse about 6 to 7 more times. Sprinkle with half of the water. Pulse 5 times. Sprinkle with remaining water; pulse about 6 times, until dough begins to clump. 

  3. Empty the large crumbs into a bowl. Pack and knead just 2 or 3 times.

  4. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  5. Roll the chilled dough out into a 12-inch circle. Fit the dough into the pie plate and lightly prick all over the bottom with a fork. Refrigerate until you are ready to fill the pie shell. Alternatively, use a frozen deep-dish unbaked crust. Before adding the filling, brush with a little of the beaten egg white, if desired.

For the Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter with the brown sugar until creamy and light. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla, salt, corn syrup, and bourbon.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 

  4. Place the pie shell on a baking sheet—this will make it easier to move and will catch any spills.

  5. Spread 1 cup of the pecans evenly over the bottom of the pie shell.

  6. Pour the filling over the pecans. Sprinkle the remaining pecans over the filling.

  7. Bake the pie for 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven. Watch the crust edge after 30 to 40 minutes or so. Place a pie shield or a homemade foil ring over the crust edge if it appears to be browning too much.

  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • *To partially bake the crust, line the pie plate with pastry. Line the pastry with a sheet of foil or parchment paper. Fill with pie weights or dried beans and bake at 400 F for 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and remove the pie weights and foil. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F. Fill the pie and bake as directed.

Tip

  • Toasted Pecans: If you prefer the flavor of toasted pecans, toast them ahead of time in a 325 F oven. Spread them out on a baking sheet. Toast for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once or twice, or until they are aromatic. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a plate to cool before using.

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