Monday, November 12, 2012

Chocolate Pecan Pie & A Giveaway



The fall season has arrived in true southern California fashion here in North Hollywood, and by that I mean that it's come irritatingly late. The time has come where I can no longer shower comfortably without shivering, and where I dread walking across the cold hardwood floors in the morning on my habitual trek to the bathroom. This is our first fall in our new triplex unit, and while I love the antique feel of this 1950's abode, I can definitely feel the age of the building in its insulation, insofar as there is none. We're definitely going to invest in a space heater, but in the meantime I made not one, but two pies to warm up the place this weekend (hurray oven heat!!) I made this tasty chocolate pecan pie and a chocolate chess pie, the latter of which I'll post about next month (got to spread out the pie lovin'!), and the former of which came out rich, warm, gooey, and full of exquisite chocolatey pecans. There's something soothing about a hot piece of pie in cold weather, like a soft blanket that wraps you up and warms you from the inside out, and that also happens to taste simply delightful. For this reason, I plan on eating a slice of pie (or two) every day until our heater arrives...and maybe making a few more pies if my current batch runs out. You know, for the oven heat.


Also! Do you see the beautiful pie pan the pastry is resting in? Well BigKitchen.com is giving away one Chantal Easy-As-Pie dish to one of you just in time for the holidays! The pie dishes are ceramic and have a small lip that comes up around the edge of the pan, giving you the perfect circular guide when trimming the excess crust off your pie. The interior border is also slightly ridged to give a nice texture to the crust and provide a gentle thumbprint model. Using it made crust insertion much, much easier, and I'm very excited to share this ease with one of you!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below about your favorite type of pie. For extra entries, you can:


If you already do any of those things, just leave a separate comment on this post saying you do. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm PST November 18th, and the winner will be announced November 19th. Only open to United States residents.

*Disclaimer* BigKitchen.com sent me this pie pan to use as a part of the giveaway. All opinions expressed in this piece are entirely my own.



Ingredients:

Chocolate Pecan Filling

3 Eggs
1 Cup Pecans
3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Dark Corn Syrup
3 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1 Tablespoon Bourbon Whiskey
1 Tablespoon Plus 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Spiced Crust

1 and 1/2 Cups Flour
  3/4 Cup Butter, very cold
4-6 Tablespoons of Ice Water
  1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon Cloves


Begin by making the pie crust. Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the butter into pea-sized pieces over the bowl, or pulse together using a food processor. Add the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing with a wooden spoon rather than your hand to help keep the dough cool, until fairly well mixed (it's okay if there's still some small blobs of butter). Grab a handful of the dry crumbly dough mixture and squeeze. If it holds together you don't need to add anymore water. Roll it out into a 1 cm thick circle onto a well-greased and well-floured surface. Place it in the pie pan, trim excess crust, and cut out designs with a cookie cutter to place around the edge of the crust (optional). Secure the decorations by putting a spot (about 1/4 teaspoon) of melted butter on the back of the decorative dough piece and pressing down gently when placing it on the crust's edge. Cover and place the crust shell in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the crust is finished chilling, remove it and the plastic wrap, then place pie weights or dried beans in the center, cover the crust shell with tin foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove it from the oven, remove the tin foil, and allow it to cool.


To make the filling, beat together the eggs, cream, brown sugar, granulated sugar, dark corn syrup, butter, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in the vanilla extract and bourbon whiskey until completely combined, then stir in 3/4 cup of the pecans and all 3/4 cup of the chocolate morsels.


Pour the filling into the pie crust and sprinkle the remaining pecans over the top of the filling. Place it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, then cover it with tented tin foil (you want to tent it so that the pie filling doesn't touch it and get stuck to it, otherwise you will end up peeling off the top of the pie filling when you remove the tin foil and it will look sad), lower the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, place it back in the oven, and bake for another 30-45 minutes or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.













97 comments:

  1. Your pie looks amazing! And nice giveaway!

    Fave pie is a gooey pecan pie like this one!

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  2. I follow on twitter - love your blog! Beautiful!

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  3. My favorite type of pie has always been peaches and cream, but you can't go wrong with raspberry or strawberry-rhubarb.

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  4. I am an email subscriber.

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  5. Apple pie is my favorite, but your pecan pie looks amazing!

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  6. My favorite pie is custard pie.
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    Your pie looks so good.

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  7. I love cherry custard pie and key lime pie and bumbleberry pie...I'm basically just a pie girl ^_^

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  8. yum! ive never tried chocolate pecan pie. i like peach or apple pie best!

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  9. This might be my new favorite, but I also love the peach/creme fraiche pie on smittenkitchen.com and the basic pumpkin pie from Betty Crocker! I use the Cooks Illustrated pie crust made with 1/2 wheat flour and organic pumpkins which I cook and puree.

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  11. My favorite pie overall is sour cherry - it was my grandpa's fav too, and always makes me think of him! But for the holidays, I LOVE apple pie, especially if it has cheddar cheese alongside!

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  13. I subscribe to your (awesome) blog!! I have a white chocolate pecan pie recipe that I adore (and that if I don't make at Thanksgiving, I get fired from participating in the holiday).

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  14. I love apple and strawberry pie but my dad loves pecan pie so I might attempt to make this for my dad for Christmas!

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  15. I subscribe to your blog through my reader and always enjoy your posts!

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  16. I have also been following you on Pinterest!

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  17. ...and my favorite pie is pumpkin and then pecan <3

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  18. I love pecan pie & pumpkin pie. This recipe looks amazing!

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  19. My favorite pie is caramel apple!

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  22. I follow you on Pinterest. After pear pie my favorite pie is apricot.

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  23. Strawberry rhubarb pie is my favorite!

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  30. I subscribe to your blog and look forward to every post. This pie looks fabulous and I made my list to purchase items not in the pantry and will bring to Thanksgiving at my daughter's home

    Kristin F

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  31. does that look delicious. thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. I'd love to win this giveaway. :^D I follow you on Pinterest. (Pecan pie is already pretty decadent - adding chocolate? Oh my!)

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  33. And I already follow you on twitter. . .

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  34. . . .and I already subscribe to your RSS feed. . .

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  35. . . . and I'm already a Facebook fan. . .

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  36. . . .and I just shared your Chocolate Pecan Pie post on my FB page. Whew!

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  37. my favorite kind of pie is apple caramel pie!
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  40. lemon meringue is my favorite
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  41. Pecan pie is my favorite by far!! I love your recipes and cannot wait to try this one!! I also follow you on Pinterest.

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  42. Most recently my favorite pie is a spiced pear with a Pecorino-infused double crust.

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  43. Lordy, girl, this recipe is incredible! It may have just replaced my perennial favorite (and perfect for Thanksgiving), pecan AND pumpkin pie. Pumpkin on the bottom, pecan on the top (it's easiest if you take your two favorite recipes and make two half-and-half pies). YUM.

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  44. I love apple-pear pie. My mom combined the two one year because she ran out of apples and it was absolutely delicious!

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  51. I love my grandmother's sister Coconut, dulce de leche pie, amazing!!

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  52. My favorite type of pie is apple. It's a classic

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  53. My favorite pie is cherry pie. I also love cheesecake (which I know-isn't technically a pie):-)

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  54. I like Pumpkin Pie
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  58. Hmmmm, i like a good rhubarb tart hot from the oven with fresh, cold whipped cream sliding off the crust.

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  60. My favorite kind of pie is maple buttermilk with rye crust!

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  63. I'm following your Pinterest boards now.

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  64. My favorite pie is the one in front of my any day! lol Pecan and cherry would be a top choice;
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  65. My favorite pie is fresh apricot, I make them twice a week while apricots are in season, and dream about them the rest of the year.
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  66. gorgeous and delicious! I would love for you to link up to my 4th annual Love the Pie party http://tidymom.net/2012/pie-recipes-whirlpool-range/

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  67. I make a white chocolate, pecan and cranberry tart that everyone loves.

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  68. My favorite type of pie is cherry and apple combined

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  71. My favorite kind of pie is definitely apple pie, but this pecan pie also looks quite tasty!

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