Pie Crust Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
½ cup finely ground pecans
1 tbsp. sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
2 tbsp. ice water, plus more if needed.
1 cup chocolate chip morsels
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark corn syrup or sugar cane syrup (such as Steen's)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 tbsp. bourbon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups pecan halves
Basic Pie Crust Preparation
To make the pastry: combine the flour, ground pecans, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in the ice water and work it in to bind the dough until it holds together without being too wet or sticky. Squeeze a small amount together, if it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Carefully roll the dough up onto the pin (this may take a little practice) and lay it inside a 9-inch pie pan. Press the dough into the pan so it fits tightly and trim the excess around the rim. Place the pie pan on a sturdy cookie sheet so it will be easy to move in and out of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
You can use premade pie crusts to save time. Simply set it out and allow it to come to room temperature. Spread the ground pecans evenly on the bottom of the pie crust and press them into the dough using the bottom of a measuring cup or water glass. Proceed with the balance of the recipe as stated.
To make the filling: melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, remove from heat and let cool. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl until frothy and then blend in the sugar. Stir in the syrup, vanilla, bourbon, salt, and the melted chocolate/ butter mixture until well blended.
Spread the chocolate chip morsels evenly on top of the ground pecan layer. Now, arrange the pecans on the bottom of the pie crust and carefully pour the egg mixture over them. Bake until the filling is set and slightly puffed, about one hour. Test for doneness by sticking a thin knife in the center of the pie, if it comes out pretty clean, you're good to go. Transfer the pie to rack and cool completely before cutting. Garnish with whip cream topping and fresh mint.
Prep time:20 minutes
Cook time:1 hour