Southern Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie has graced my Sunday dinner table for as long as I can remember.
Pecan harvest begins in late September and extends into November, making the timing just right to encourage pecan pie baking for the holiday. Pecan Pie is the number one choice for Thanksgiving and Christmas fare just about everywhere. Here in Alabama Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie is served from birthday parties to wedding showers, especially with the spin of adding bourbon and chocolate chips.
Pecan Pie’s origin is here in the Southern United States. Presently, Georgia is one of the primary states growing pecans. Pecan trees are easily grafted and grow fantastic in the Southern States.
The first documented pecan pie recipes were published in Texas during the 1870’s and 1880’s. Not only that, but the first archaeological evidence of American Indians using pecans to cook took place in Texas since their arrival thousands of years ago. There are rumors that the first pecan pie was created by an Alabamian. I’d sure like to think so!
Just as with any worthy subject, much debate surrounds it. For decades people have argued about the pronunciation of the word “pecan,” as well as the sweetness and nugget ratio to pecans. Those south of the Mason-Dixon Line believe that pecan pie should be “sweet enough so that the fillings in your teeth hurt.”
While PEE-can is a perfectly acceptable pronunciation, Pick-AHN is indeed the most correct way to pronounce the word “pecan.” I know, I know – even Paula Dean says PEE-can and she is from Georgia. BUT here in Alabama, I have never heard a native say PEE-can. I’m sticking with historical proof!
Another dissension among pie makers is whether to use dark, light, or cane syrup. Cane syrup is the winner in my family; I’ll go a step further to say…Alaga Cane Syrup! It’s a must-have in my pantry. Alaga gives the pie that something “extra.” Alaga is a family owned business that has been established for over 100 years. Quality just doesn’t get any better than this! Get your bottle HERE or buy them in quantity for less HERE.
Watch me make this Simple Southern Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie. It’s so simple to prepare, making it perfect for that unannounced but very welcome guest.
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- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup Alaga Cane Syrup
- 4 Tablespoons melted butter plus extra for brushing
- 2 Tablespoons Bourbon whiskey
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups pecans 1 1/4 cup chopped, 3/4 cup whole
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 9-inch pie shell
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, mix eggs, brown sugar, Alaga Syrup, butter, Bourbon, flour, and salt. Incorporate chopped pecans and chocolate chips. Pour into pie shell and arrange whole pecans in a circular pattern on top of filling. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
Serve slightly warm with whipped cream.