Sorry for the late post. I've been swamped with princess parties. Seriously, I escorted my little princess to three themed birthday parties last week. My head might fall off if I see another tiara, pink castle cake or Disney costume in the near future.
My daughter's birthday is coming up next month and I'm very glad to say we're heading towards a different theme- we're having a pony party. Which is fitting considering my eldest was born in Horse Country USA- Kentucky. And last week, we had Kentucky on the brain when we sat down to watch the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby.
To celebrate the Derby, I made the iconic chocolate bourbon pie that can't be named for trademark reasons. Although I love the fact that as I searched for recipes people have found a ton of cutesy other names like "Derby Day Pie" or "Run for the Roses Pie" or "Pegasus Pie". When I searched Wikipedia I discovered this type of pie has been the subject of 25 lawsuits. And since, I don't want to be #26, I'm just going to call it "Looh-ville" pie. Or if you're really local "Lul-ville" pie. ;)
I did have a debate about which nut to use in the recipe because most recipes call for walnuts. However, I feel that pecans are a little more in the spirit of a Southern pie. So pecans it was.
Super sweet and filled with chocolate and bourbon, it's really not the best pie for a warm day. But you can't mess with tradition! And this pie was a good antidote to princess overload....
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Recipe adapted from Southern Living, May 2005
Link to Chocolate Bourbon Pie
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon (although the recipe says you can use bourbon or water. I say "HA!" If there is no bourbon there is no reason to make this pie)
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons cornmeal
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Prepare pie crust. Sprinkle pecans and chocolate chips in bottom of crust.
Combine corn syrup, 2 sugars and bourbon in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients. Whisk 1/4 of the sugar/bourbon mixture into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Add the remaining hot mixture while whisking.
Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes.