Monday, February 16, 2009

Chocolate Pecan Pie

My Valentine’s Day Report. We decided to eat at home this year instead of fighting the crowds at the restaurants. My husband made us my favorite meal, Chicken Picatta, and I made him a pie. I usually make a cheesecake on Valentine’s but he loves pie, so pie is what I made. Trying to make things festive I went with a Chocolate Pecan Pie. Yum. Make this. Wow. Can you believe that I found this recipe on the back of a piece of junk mail? A free recipe and it was great! My husband tends to be more on the quiet side and I’m more of a Chatty Cathy, he couldn’t stop talking about this pie. Make this. Have I said that yet?
Let me describe it. You know those Chocolate Pecan Pies that you get at BBQ restaurants? Yeah, not this pie. You know those Chocolate Pecan Pies that is a Pecan Pie with chocolate chips in it. Still not it. You know those Pecan Pies that have pockets of chocolate in them made with chocolate chunks. Nope. So what is it? Glad you asked. It is a Chocolate Pie with a pastry crust with a thick layer of chocolate coated, caramelized pecans on top. Wow.
Things to note. It baked up very nicely. Mine was set at 48 minutes but could have gone just a bit longer. Make sure that your chocolate is not steaming hot when you pour it into the mixture. Don’t want scrambled eggs! You might want to spray your pie dish with cooking spray or this pie will stick.

Chocolate Pecan Pie
½ (15-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
3 large eggs
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
¾ cup light corn syrup
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
2 (1-oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. salt
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
2/3 cup pecan halves (garnish)

Unroll 1 piecrust and place in a 9 inch pie plate. Fold edges under, and crimp.
Whisk 3 eggs in a bowl. Whisk in brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, chocolate, vanilla, salt; stir in chopped pecans. Pour filling into pastry shell. Arrange pecan halves around outer edge of filling (garnish).
Bake at 350 degrees on bottom rack for 48-50 minutes or until filling is set. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

How Sweet!


Sherri Houston said...

Okay - I've been wanting to make this for some time now & finally did it. Was absolutely to die for! I usually limit myself to a small portion of sweets, but couldn't help myself....had TWO pieces! Rick loved it as well.
Thank you Kelli!!

Kelli said...

Wonderful!!! Glad y'all enjoyed it!