Traditional pecan pie gets taken to the next level! Bourbon Pecan Pie is a grown-up Christmas or Thanksgiving dessert and as a result, will have everyone craving seconds.

A slice of bourbon pecan pie on a serving board topped with whipped cream

This is grown-up pecan pie! My husband only requests pie once a year and that is for Thanksgiving. I usually make him 1 pumpkin and 1 pecan, but this year he has chosen only 1 because there’s only 2 of us and I’m not a big dessert eater, and of course, pecan wins because I added bourbon.

The bourbon flavor is not too prominent and naturally, if you are feeding children, you can leave it out. The bourbon just adds a richness to the pie and increases the nuttiness.

The Pastry

The crust is buttery and flaky and almost takes on a nutty flavor that you can only get from a good, buttery crust. I like a pretty crust, and if you’re willing to try my easy method of getting pretty edges, well let’s just say it will be worth it just to please the mother-in-law!

How to get a fluted edge on pie pastry

The key to a pretty crust is pretty simple. Leave a 1 inch board around the pie dish, then simply fold the dough and tuck it behind itself (pic on left). Go around the entire pie, using your thumb and index finger of one hand and index finger of the other hand and create the lovely fluted edge.

A pie crust covered with foil for blind baking

Blind Baking

Have you ever had pie and the bottom crust looks raw? This happens when the filling is added to uncooked pastry so I like to ‘blind bake’. This means baking the pie with no filling so it gets a chance to cook a little.

Poke the entire pastry with a fork, this will help prevent the dough puffing up. Then cover the entire crust with foil. This is prevent it getting too brown later with the filling.

Bourbon pecan pie fresh out of the oven ready to slice and serve

If you’d like to indulge just a little more this season, treat yourself to this bourbon pecan pie as it will surely be a hit. Don’t forget to add one of your favorite toppings. I like simply whipped cream but anything you fancy will do the job nicely!

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Bourbon Pecan Pie

A closeup of a slice of bourbon pecan pie showing all the pecans topped with whipped cream

Traditional pecan pie gets taken to the next level! Bourbon pecan pie is a grown-up Christmas or Thanksgiving dessert  and as a result, will have everyone craving seconds.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • For the pastry:
  • 1 1/2 cups (192 grams) flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 tablespoons (84 grams) unsalted butter, cubed and kept cold until ready to use
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) cold water
  • 1 bag dried beans
  • For the filling:
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and allowed to cool
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple (322 grams) syrup
  • 3 tablespoons good bourbon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (250 grams) pecan halves, plus 3/4 cup for decorating top

Instructions

  1. For the pastry:
  2. To a food processor add the flour, sugar, salt and butter.
  3. Pulse until you get the texture of fine breadcrumbs.
  4. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in cold water until it forms a ball.
  5. Remove, knead a little on a floured board.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 10-15 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  8. For the filling:
  9. To a mixing bowl, add the eggs, butter and milk, whisk until combined. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, salt and mix well.
  10. Roughly chop the 2 cups of the pecans and add to the filling liquid.
  11. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out onto a floured surface. *see note. Roll the dough over the rolling pin and lift into a greased 9 inch pie dish. Leave a 1 inch overhang, then fold the edges under and make the edges pretty.
  12. Use a fork to poke holes in the base of the dough. Cover the entire crust with foil. Bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven, carefully remove the foil (the edges will be soft) and allow to cool slightly.
  14. Pour the filling into the pastry shell. Arrange the 3/4 cup of pecans on top in a decorative pattern.
  15. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes until the center is set but still a little jiggly. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool until set. 

Notes

* The dough will be hard, don't worry, this is just the butter hardening. Leave out for a couple of minutes to soften, then start rolling.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 644Saturated Fat 15gCholesterol 135mgSodium 335mgCarbohydrates 62gProtein 7g