A tasty kick to a traditional favorite

November 14, 2018

Brenda Stanley

Pecan pie is a must at my house during the holidays, but I also bake these sweet pies often throughout the year. The combination of gooey, sweet filling and crunchy pecans is a favorite with my family, plus it is such a simple pie to make. And when I want to kick it up a notch, I add a little holiday cheer in the form of bourbon. You don’t need much to add a wonderful warm and rich flavor to the sweet filling. Bourbon is simply whiskey that is distilled from corn rather than barley or rye. And if you don’t want to use it, you don’t have to — this pie is delicious even without the extra shot of holiday spirit.

Belle’s Bourbon Pecan Pie

3 eggs3 tablespoons butter, melted1/2 cup dark corn syrup1/2 cup light corn syrup1/2 cup packed brown sugar1/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla3 tablespoons bourbon1 1/2 cups pecans9 in. unbaked pie shell

In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add the melted butter, corn syrups, sugars, vanilla and bourbon and beat well. Stir in the pecans until they are well coated. Pour the mixture into an unbaked 9-inch pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until the filling is set and the top is nicely browned.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins and a grandmother of seven. She is a cookbook author and novelist. For more recipes and information, visit her website www.brendastanleybooks.com.

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