Pecan pie

Pecan pie

Pecan pie

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Thursday the 27th, at 08:30

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Serves: 8
Difficulty: Intermediate

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For the dough:

For the filling:


Pecan pie

For the dough:
1) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles yellow cornmeal mixed with bean-sized bits of butter. (If the flour/butter mixture gets warm, refrigerate it for 10 minutes before proceeding.)

2) Add the egg and stir the dough together with a fork or by hand in the bowl. If the dough is dry, sprinkle up to a tbsp more of cold water over the mixture.

3) Alternatively, make the dough in a food processor. With the machine fitted with the metal blade, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles yellow cornmeal mixed with bean-sized bits of butter, about 10 times. Add the egg and pulse 1 to 2 times; don't let the dough form into a ball in the machine. (If the dough is very dry add up to a tablespoon more of cold water.) Remove the bowl from the machine, remove the blade, and bring the dough together by hand.

4) Form the dough into a disk, wrap with cling film, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour.

5) On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough with a rolling pin into a 30cm circle about 0.25cm thick.

6) Transfer the dough to a 23cm pie dish and trim the edges, leaving about an extra 2.5cms hanging over the edge. Tuck the overhanging dough underneath itself to form a thick edge that is even with the rim. Flute the edge as desired. Freeze the pie shell for 30 minutes.

7) Set separate racks in the center and lower third of oven and preheat to 200C/Gas 6.

8) Put a piece of baking paper or foil over the pie shell and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake in a baking tray on the center rack until the dough is set, about 20 minutes.

9) Remove from the oven and lift sides of the baking paper to remove the beans. Continue baking until the pie shell is lightly golden brown, about 10 more minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/Gas 4

For the filling:
1) In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and stirring constantly, continue to boil for 1 minute.

2) Remove from the heat and stir in the nuts, bourbon, and the vanilla. Set the mixture aside to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. (If the crust has cooled, return it to the oven for 5 minutes to warm through.)

3) Whisk the beaten eggs into the filling until smooth. Put the pie shell on a baking tray and pour the filling into the hot crust.

4) Bake on the lower oven rack until the edges are set but the center is still slightly loose, about 40 to 45 minutes. (If the edges get very dark, cover them with aluminum foil half way during baking.) Cool on a rack.

5) Serve slightly warm or room temperature.