Do you make more than one pie for Thanksgiving? Always pumpkin, but my dad preferred pecan pie. My mother's recipe was my old standby, but I made this pie last Thanksgiving and just looking at the photo, I'm remembering how much everyone raved. And there's bourbon too. Be still, my heart. My dad would have loved it. (With a big dollop of whipped cream.)
Coffee-Toffee Pecan Pie
From Fine Cooking
3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup light or dark corn syrup
1/2 cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 Tbs. bourbon
1 Tbs. instant espresso powder
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. table salt
1/3 cup very finely chopped toasted pecans
2 cups toasted pecan halves
1 blind-baked All-Butter Piecrust
1/2 cup crushed chocolate toffee candy pieces, such as Heath or Skor
Position a rack in the center of the oven, set a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 375°F.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the butter is brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately whisk in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and Lyle’s Golden Syrup until smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. One at a time, whisk in the eggs. Whisk in the bourbon, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the chopped pecans.
Sprinkle half of the pecan halves in the piecrust, followed by the toffee candy pieces, and then the remaining pecan halves. Pour the syrup mixture over all.
Put the pie on the heated baking sheet and reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until set, 45 to 55 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. When the pan is nudged, the center of the pie will no longer wobble, but the whole pie will jiggle just slightly, and the filling will bubble at the edges.
Transfer to a rack and cool completely before serving. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Update on Sandy: My daughter has electricity, but no heat in either her apartment OR the gallery. Brrrrrrr. She's still better off than most. Hope the heat returns before the Nor'easter on Wednesday!