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DECADENT CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE
MAKES 12 SERVINGS HANDS-ON TIME 30 MINUTES REFRIGERATION TIME 1½ HOURS TOTAL TIME 4 HOURS
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup ice water (approx)
1 tsp cider vinegar
2 cups pecan halves
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup maple syrup
½ cup packed Demerara sugar
3 tbsp bourbon
1 tbsp cider vinegar
½ tsp salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips
whipped cream (optional) vanilla ice cream (optional)
Pastry In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. Drizzle ice water and vinegar over top, tossing with fork and adding up to 1 tsp more ice water if necessary to form ragged dough. Shape into disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Let pastry stand at room temperature until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. If desired, reserve quarter of the dough to make decorative leaves (see tip, opposite).
On lightly floured work surface, roll out pastry to 10-inch circle; fit into 9-inch shallow pie plate, trimming to fit. Using knife tip, press dough onto rim; prick bottom of crust all over with fork. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Line crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans; bake on bottom rack for 15 minutes. Remove pie weights and parchment paper; bake for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
Filling Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. On rimmed baking sheet, toast pecans, 8 to 10 minutes; let cool completely. In large bowl, whisk together butter, maple syrup, sugar, eggs, bourbon, vinegar and salt; stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Scrape mixture into crust.
Bake on baking sheet on bottom rack until filling is set, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack.
Garnish Serve with whipped cream or ice cream (if using).
PER SERVING about 450 cal, 5 g pro, 31 g total fat (13 g sat. fat), 39 g carb (3 g dietary fibre, 25 g sugar), 89 mg chol, 217 mg sodium, 195 mg potassium. % RDI: 5% calcium, 15% iron, 16% vit A, 14% folate.