Classic Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe

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Pecan pie is one of the most common and favorite desserts for most people to indulge in, especially around Thanksgiving. Although, have you ever wondered if there is a way to make a regular pecan pie taste better? Then you need to try out this extremely indulgent bourbon pecan pie recipe! 

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Bourbon in a pecan pie may seem like an odd combination, considering how drastically different their flavors are from each other. But, the malty notes of caramel from the bourbon, combined with the caramel flavor of the pecan pie filling, truly makes a marvelous combination that everyone needs to try if they are of an appropriate age, in my opinion. 

Trust me; I am not the biggest fan of having bourbon as it is, either. But, the flavor combination created here is truly decadent and very complex and rich, as compared to a regular pecan pie. That is what makes this recipe truly stand out over a regular pie!

Moreover, baking a pie from scratch may seem like a huge task. This is mainly because, for a lot of people, baking can be a little intimidating. However, for this recipe, there are many tweaks that can easily be made. Starting off with the tough task of making a great pie crust, I have given the ingredients and method of making it; however, if you don’t have enough time, you can use a pre-made pie crust too! 

So, I am sure that may sound like a huge relief to many of you! In this article, you will find a detailed step-by-step guide on everything that you will need to make this decadent pie. Starting off with the equipment, followed by the ingredients, method, and also nutritional information, this recipe is one stop for everything! So, without further ado, let’s explore the same! 

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What Equipment Will You Need To Make Bourbon Pecan Pie? 

  • Measuring Cups – For baking, precision is really vital. So, it is important to use measuring cups to get the exact measurements of all the ingredients. Hence, you will need a set of measuring cups for this recipe. 
  • Measuring Spoons – To measure some of the ingredients that are needed in much smaller quantities, like baking powder, vanilla extract, salt, and even bourbon, you will need a complete set of measuring spoons. 
  • Food Processor – Now, this equipment is honestly completely optional. For the pie crust, I personally like rubbing the butter into the flour by hand. But if that is something you aren’t very comfortable with, you can go ahead and use a food processor. 
  • Plastic Wrap – Before you chill the pie crust dough, it is better to wrap it in plastic wrap as that will prevent the dough from forming a skin. 
  • Rolling Pin – To roll out the pie crust, you will need a large rolling pin. 
  • Pie Pan – You will need a pie pan that is deep enough to hold all the fillings and about 9-10 inches in diameter. 
  • Paring Knife – To cut off the excess dough while lining the pie pan, you will need a paring knife. 
  • Large Knife – You will need a large knife to chop the pecans into small pieces. A large knife will also be needed to chop the butter into small pieces before adding it to the pie crust. 
  • Parchment Paper – Before baking the pie along with the filling, the first step is to blind-bake it, for which you will need a piece of parchment paper. 
  • Saucepan – You will need a medium saucepan to brown the butter for the pie filling, as brown butter will give it a richer and nuttier flavor. 
  • Whisk – To make the filling and mix all the ingredients together for the same, you will need a large whisk. 
  • Bowl – Once the butter is sufficiently brown, you will need to transfer it to a large bowl before adding the rest of the ingredients. Similarly, in the case of the pie crust, you are planning to rub the butter into the flour by hand, then you will need another large bowl to do the same.  
  • Baking Tray – To bake the pie, you will have to place the pie pan onto a large baking tray. 
  • Cooling Rack – Once the pie is baked, we will transfer it onto a cooling rack to ensure even cooling. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Bourbon Pecan Pie? 

Preparation TimeResting TimeBaking TimeTotal Time
30 Minutes1 Hour 15 Minutes 1 Hour 15 Minutes3 Hours 

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Bourbon Pecan Pie? 

For The Pie Crust : 

  • All-Purpose Flour – To make a pie crust, all-purpose flour works best as it has the perfect amount of gluten in it. You will need 1 ½ cups of the same. I would highly recommend not using bread flour or cake flour simply because of their varying gluten content, which can make changes to the texture of the pie crust. 
  • Baking Powder – Yes, it is unusual to add baking powder to a pie crust. However, we will be adding just a tiny bit, roughly ⅛ teaspoon, as it will help the pie crust from shrinking while it is being baked. 
  • Butter – Butter will give the pie its rich flavor, and hence, you will need around six tablespoons of really cold butter for this recipe. 
  • Shortening – As you know, for the pie crust, we will be making shortcrust dough. Hence, shortening will be needed along with butter, as just butter might not make it as flaky as needed. You will need three tablespoons of cold shortening for this recipe. 
  • Cold Water – Lastly, to combine everything together, you will need four tablespoons of really cold water, almost ice cold. Don’t use warm water, or even room temperature water for that matter, as it will end up melting the butter and shortening it. 
  • Salt – Lastly, just to enhance the flavor of the pie crust, you will need ½ teaspoon of salt for this recipe. 

For The Filling :

  • Butter – To make the base of the filling, you will need around five tablespoons of unsalted butter, which will eventually be converted into brown butter. Unsalted butter is surely much better in this case, as salted butter will change the entire flavor of this pie. 
  • Brown Sugar – Here, instead of granulated sugar, we will be using brown sugar to make the filling of this pie. Brown sugar will provide extra moisture and will also give the filling a malty flavor, as compared to using granulated sugar. You will need ⅔ cups of the same. 
  • Corn Syrup – Corn syrup will give this filling a shine and will also act as a natural thickening agent, so you will need ⅔ cups of the same for this recipe. 
  • Golden Syrup – Golden syrup, similar to corn syrup, will work well for thickening and will also help the flavor of the pecans shine really well! So, you will need ½ cup of it for this recipe. 
  • Eggs – Eggs will bring all the ingredients together and also help with baking the pie evenly. You will need three large eggs for this recipe. 
  • Pecan Halves – Of course, it won’t be a bourbon pecan pie with no pecans! Use pecan halves, as they will work much better in this case. You will need a total of 2 1⁄2 cups, out of which half will have to be chopped, and the other half can be left as they are. 
  • Bourbon – Yet again, one of the most vital ingredients in this recipe! Use two tablespoons of your favorite bourbon for a rich flavor. 
  • Vanilla Extract – Vanilla extract will help enhance the flavor of the pie even better, so you will need one teaspoon of the same. 
  • Dried Beans – Any form of dried beans will be needed to blind bake the pie crust. 
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Steps To Make Bourbon Pecan Pie 

1. Prepare The Pie Crust

The first step while making this pie is to prepare the pie crust and let it chill for a decent amount of time. For that, start off by mixing together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. To that, add the cold, chopped pieces of butter and shortening and start rubbing it in with your fingers. 

Rub in the butter and the shortening slowly until all are combined in the flour. Don’t use too much pressure while doing so, as that will melt the fats. Once you are done rubbing all of it in the flour, the flour should resemble sand. This method, in patisserie terms, is known as ‘Sablage.’ 

Alternatively, in case you don’t prefer rubbing in the butter by hand, you can also do the same in a food processor, where you grind the butter and the shortening with the flour mixture until it resembles sand. Next, once the flour reaches the desired consistency, add in the cold water and mix till combined. 

It won’t all come together into a smooth ball, and that is quite alright. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and mix it a few times until everything is smoothly combined together. Don’t knead the dough too much, as that will form gluten and give it a bread-like texture. Once the dough is ready, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for around 40-45 minutes. 

2. Make The Filling 

While the dough is resting in the refrigerator, you can start making the bourbon pecan filling. For that, start off by adding the butter to a saucepan and let it brown on a medium flame. This should take about 5-7 minutes. 

Once the butter has been browned, transfer it to a large bowl and let it cool. Once cool enough, add in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and golden syrup and whisk. Once smooth, add in the eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt and mix again. As we will be using this mix a little later, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and keep it aside at room temperature. 

3. Blind Baking

Now, as the dough must have rested enough, we can begin blindly baking the pie crust. For that, transfer the dough onto a surface dusted with flour and knead it just a little bit until it is easy to work with. 

Once the dough is malleable enough, start rolling it out again on a heavily dusted surface. Make sure you flip the dough frequently while rolling it, and also make sure that you keep sprinkling some extra flour, as it will stop the dough from sticking to the surface. 

Roll the dough out until it reaches a diameter of about 12 to 13 inches. Then, gently transfer it to the pie pan, making sure that all of it is touching the pan. If your dough tears during this process, you don’t have to worry, as you can use scraps to patch it right back. 

Once the rolled dough is properly placed inside the pie pan, gently trim the edges slightly, if needed. At this stage, you can use the excess dough to cover up any torn parts, if at all. Then, start folding in the edges of the pie crust with your finger to crimp them. Then, place the dough again in the refrigerator for around 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the pie crust is sufficiently cool, take it out of the refrigerator and place a piece of parchment paper on it. Then, add in any type of dried beans until it is halfway full and bake the crust for 20 minutes. Take it out of the oven once done and let it rest until slightly cool. Once the crust is out of the oven, bring the temperature down to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 

4. Finishing And Baking The Pie

Once the pie crust is cool enough, add in the chopped pecans, along with the pecan halves. Make sure that the outside of the pecan halves is facing toward the top. Then, pour in the pie mix and transfer it onto a baking tray. 

Here, in case any of the pecan halves have flipped over after you added the bourbon pie mix, flip them back, as they will give a cleaner finish. Then transfer the baking tray into the oven that has been preheated at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the pie for 50-55 minutes at this temperature. 

Once you take it out of the oven, the filling will wobble a little bit, but that’s okay! The filling will be set properly when the pie is cooling down. Transfer the pie onto a cooling rack and let it cool thoroughly before slicing and serving! 

What Can Be Served With Bourbon Pecan Pie? 

  • Whipped Cream – Whipped cream and pie make the perfect combination! So, serving pecan pie with whipped cream is always a great idea.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream – Once the pecan pie is completely set, you can warm a slice and serve it with rich vanilla ice cream. 
  • Bourbon Caramel Sauce – Last but surely not least, you can make a classic caramel sauce, along with a dash of bourbon, to serve alongside your bourbon pecan pie for a really rich flavor. 

Nutritional Information

Calories730 kcal
Carbohydrates79 grams
Protein6 grams
Fat45 grams
Saturated Fat13 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat9 grams
Monounsaturated Fats20 grams
Trans Fat1 gram
Cholesterol43 milligrams
Sodium245 milligrams
Potassium195 milligrams
Fiber4 grams
Sugar58 grams
Vitamin A502 micrograms
Vitamin C0.4 milligrams
Calcium55 milligrams
Iron2 milligrams

What Will The Bourbon Pecan Pie Look And Taste Like? 

Baking can be a tough task as it involves a lot of anticipation about what a product is supposed to eventually look like. If you are wondering the same about this bourbon pecan pie, then don’t worry! I have tried my best to describe what you should expect out of this pie once it is ready to be devoured! 

If talking about how the bourbon pecan pie is supposed to look, it will actually look very similar to a regular pecan pie. Depending on how well you decorate the pecans on top, the pie will look extremely rich for sure. Moreover, the pie filling should be completely set before you serve a slice of the same. 

Talking about the flavor of the pecan pie, it will again be similar to what you would expect out of a regular pecan pie, but surely much richer. The malty flavor of the filling combined with the slight caramel and vanilla undertones of bourbon, along with the crunch of the pecans and the pie crust, truly create a great harmony of rich flavors. 

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Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe

Pecan pie is a staple for holidays like Thanksgiving. But, pecan pie spiked with bourbon tastes much better than what you would imagine it to! This bourbon pecan pie recipe is marvelous and surely worth a try for everyone who loves Bourbon!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Resting Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 730 kcal

Equipment

Measuring cups
Measuring Spoons
Food Processor
Plastic Wrap
Rolling Pin
Pie Pan
Paring Knife
Large Knife
Parchment Paper
Saucepan
Whisk
Bowl
Baking Tray
Cooling Rack

Ingredients
  

For The Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 6 tablespoons Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Shortening
  • 4 tablespoons Cold Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Dried Beans

For The Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups Whole Pecan Halves
  • 5 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Golden Syrup
  • 3 no. Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions
 

For The Pie Crust

  • Add flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and add the cold butter and shortening to it.
  • Gently start rubbing the butter and shortening into the flour with your fingertips, making sure all of it gets incorporated.
  • Once it is all rubbed in, the flour should have a sand-like texture. Then, add in the cold water and mix everything together till it forms a rough ball.
  • Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead it a few times, until the dough is smooth.
  • As the dough reaches the desired texture, wrap it in plastic and let it chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
  • Once the dough is done resting, transfer it to a floured surface and roll it out till it reaches 12 inches in diameter.
  • Carefully place the dough into the pie pan and make sure that all of it is touching the pan, cut off the excess on the sides with a paring knife.
  • Push the sides inwards with your fingers to crimp them, all around. As you are done with the crimping, place the pie pan in the refrigerator and let the dough chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator and and place parchment paper in it. Fill it with beans and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Once the crust is out of the oven, let it cool down for sometime.

For The Filling

  • Add butter to a saucepan and let it brown. Once it has browned, transfer it to a large bowl and let it cool.
  • Once the butter has cooled down, add in the brown sugar, golden syrup and corn syrup and whisk until everything is combined.
  • Lastly, add in the eggs, bourbon, vanilla and salt and mix again. Once done, cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and keep it aside.

Assembling The Pie

  • Once the pie crust is baked and the filling is ready, you can start assembling the pie.
  • Preheat the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the pecan halves into the pie crust, with the rough side facing on top.
  • Pour in the filling and transfer onto a baking tray.
  • Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes.
  • Once the pie is ready, take it out of the oven and let it cool down thoroughly, then, slice and serve with your favorite toppings!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 730kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 502IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword Bourbon Pecan Pie, Desserts, Thanksgiving
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can a ready-made pie crust be used to make this recipe? 

Yes, you can use a store-bought pie crust for this recipe, in case you don’t want to make it from scratch. 

Why does this recipe need both butter and shortening? 

This recipe will need both butter and shortening, as butter will provide a rich flavor, whereas shortening will create a flaky crust. 

Why do we add baking powder to the pie crust recipe?

A little bit of baking powder is added to the pie crust just because that will help the pie crust expand and prevent it from shrinking while it is being baked. 

Is it necessary to blind-bake the pie crust before you add in the filling? 

Yes, blind baking the pie crust is quite essential as it will make sure that the crust remains crisp even after the filling is added to it. 

Which bourbon would work best for this recipe?

Ideally, any bourbon that you like will work well for this recipe. However, Old Grand Dad 114 is something I would personally recommend. 

Can whiskey be used as a substitute for bourbon in this recipe? 

If you don’t have bourbon handy, you can use whiskey in this recipe. However, the final product will have a slightly different flavor as compared to what you would get with a bourbon. 

Conclusion

This bourbon pecan pie is truly an elevated version of a regular pecan pie. The sweet flavor of the bourbon works great with the nutty pecans and the pie crust, creating a decadent dessert!

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