I’m a pumpkin pie girl – pumpkin pie for dessert, second dessert and breakfast – and I’ve never understood my husband’s fondness for pecan pie. I mean, it’s warm, moist, sticky nuts, people. “Mmm, moist sticky nuts” said no one, ever! Then, I read the recipe and it’s got cupfuls of corn syrup in it. That’s not something I often bake with, so it kinda turns me off. And it’s topped off with those sticky nuts.
The first time I made the pie for the husband, because I’m awesome enough like that to make him a nasty nut pie even when I can’t stand it, I felt like there was too much liquid and I kept adding more and more nuts. Well, apparently, you can have too many nuts. I didn’t realize the ooey gooey corn syrup layer was so vital to the pecan pie. This is why you should always go with pumpkin pie, people. It’s a consistent texture and droolworthy deliciousness throughout. Oh wait, this article is about pecan pie.
I decided we’ve got to make sticky nut pie more appetizing so I thought, thought, thought and realized there’s one thing that makes unappealing nuts so much more appealing. Booze. Lots, and lots, of booze.
Bourbon is the booze of choice when it comes to making a boozy pecan pie, thanks to bourbon’s somewhat molasses or caramel-like flavor. Oh, and watch what you call bourbon because diehard fans will get really angry if you call any old whiskey a bourbon. Bourbon is typically distilled, for a minimum of two years, in Kentucky (where its namesake Bourbon county resides) and must contain a minimum of 51% Indian corn, but no more than 79%.
Here’s what I found on my quest for better boozy nuts.
Bourbon and chocolate chips set these pies from Urban Bakes apart, and best yet, they’re mini so you don’t have to stare at a hunk of oozing nut pie for days.
I wholeheartedly agree with Minimalist Baker’s assessment that pecan pie + booze = better pecan pie. Five wholesome ingredients plus a healthy dose of bourbon make these vegan, no bake bars a must.
Chocolate, salted pecans and bourbon changed How Sweet It Is‘s mind about pecan pie, let’s see if these boozy pecan pie brownies work for me!