Tuesday, December 22, 2009
My Favorite Pecan Pie
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Beth of
Someone’s in the Kitchen with Brina. She selected My Favorite Pecan Pie, which is a spiced chocolate pecan pie. I really like pecan pie (although I will often substitute hazelnuts for pecans) , so I was excited to give this a try. To get the complete recipe, visit Beth’s blog and you can also check out how the other Tuesday with Dorie bakers fared with this week’s recipe.
This recipe isn’t all that different from a traditional pecan pie, but a couple of small changes make a big difference. This pie is a lot less sweet that most pecan pies, which I liked. We certainly have a lot of sweet stuff around the house right now! The spices that you add to the filling: espresso powder and cinnamon make all the difference. It made the pie so much more interesting and complex, not the sickeningly sweet filling that you sometimes get with pecan pie.
The recipe calls for 3 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate, which I almost omitted, but I did add it. I think I would like to try it without the chocolate, since it is the spices that made the biggest difference. I didn’t chop up the chocolate enough, so when I ate the pie I got a couple of big chunks of chocolate. I also over baked the crust a bit, even though I covered it with foil as the recipe directed. It still tastes fine, so it wasn’t too bad. I really liked this recipe and I will certainly make it again!
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, page 327