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If you think you can’t love pecan pie anymore than you already do, you’ve got to give this Bourbon Pecan Pie a try. A touch of bourbon makes a delicious difference!
This post was originally published on November 23, 2011 and has been updated with new photos.
Pecan pie is a must at the holidays but add a little bourbon and you’ve really got something!
I added some bourbon to one of my holiday pies on a whim many, many years ago and I’ve been reaching for that bottle every single time I’ve baked a pecan pie since. It enhances the other ingredients with a touch of its rich, smoky flavor and takes pecan pie to a truly delicious place.
It isn’t an overwhelming flavor and it does’t taste especially boozy.
It’s just better.
It works especially well in this pie but does wonders in a number of other desserts as well. I don’t drink the stuff but I’m happy to consume it when it is baked into sweets.
As long as I’ve been married, I’ve had a bottle of Jim Beam in my pantry. No, marriage has not driven me to drink.
It was my mother and father-in-law’s drink of choice. After we lost my husband’s mom, my father-in-law would come every Sunday to join our family for dinner. He’d sit at the kitchen table with his bourbon and water while I was busy in the kitchen preparing our dinner.
He appreciated a home cooked meal and the boys loved the tradition of Sunday supper with Grandpa. Since I always had a bottle of it on hand, I started to play around with using bourbon in recipes and found it does something really special to pecan pie.
We lost Grandpa a little over a year ago and I will think of him every time I bake this pie. This recipe gives me an excuse to keep a bottle of Jim Beam in the pantry.
It just wouldn’t seem right otherwise.
Pretty as can be and all ready for the oven.
Take a look at my super, duper, easy as pie, Food Processor Pie Crust recipe. Once you’ve got your crust rolled out the rest is so easy that I didn’t bother with the step by step. The easy instructions are included on the recipe card below
And, just one more thing….
Be sure to have lots of vanilla ice cream on hand! Bourbon Pecan Pie and vanilla ice cream are a match made in heaven.
More holiday classics you will love:
Bourbon Pecan Pie
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter melted and slightly cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
- 1-1/2 cups coarsley chopped pecans
- 1 prepared pie crust (unbaked)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line a 9" pie dish with the prepared pie crust and place the pie dish in the freezer while preparing the filling.
- Lightly whisk eggs in a medium sized mixing bowl. Using a spoon, mix in corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla, and bourbon and mix until well combined. Stir in pecans. Remove pie dish from the freezer and pour filling into the prepared pie crust.
- Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 65 minutes until center seems set. Allow to cool before serving.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream.