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Nov262011

Double chocolate pecan pie

Alternate titles:

Double-chocolate Thanksgiving-day tragedy

Delicious-enough-to-be-eaten-off-the-pavement pie

While searching for a pecan pie to make for Thanksgiving dinner this year, I came across this delicious Double Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe on Annie's Eats. Chocolate and pecans in a pie?! Love it! I spent a portion of my morning on Thursday putting my love into this thing. It smelled fantastic! I knew it would be a Thanksgiving-Day hit.

We loaded up our boys, and our food, and headed to my sister-in-law's house for dinner. When we arrived, I placed the pie on the top of the trunk. Do you see where this is heading? I opened the back door to get Sammy out of his car seat and just as I pulled his arm through the chest strap....CRASH! I looked up at my husband through the opposite side of the car and he shot me a look of sadness. 

When I told my mother-in-law what had happened, she said, "Come on, let's go taste it! We're not letting it go to waste." So there we were, the two of us, squatted down alongside the curb, scraping up bits of pie and eating it. Yes, I ate chocolate pecan pie from a curb on Thanksgiving Day. With no shame.

I'm glad she urged me back outside because it helped to ease some of the pain. Also because it was good to know that the pie tasted as fantastic as it had smelled. I walked back inside with a pie chunk in my hand, munching what I could before we started with the turkey. I'm just sad I didn't get to eat a bigger piece. Or share it with my family.

In a food processor, pulse together:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Add 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into cubes) and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of ice water and process until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Turn the crumbs out onto a sheet of wax paper and knead just until the dough comes together. Pat the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, 30 minutes.

Roll the chilled dough into a 12-inch round between two pieces of wax paper. Remove one piece of wax paper and transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate by pressing the dough to shape around the inside of the pie plate and pulling the second sheet of wax paper carefully away. 

Trim the edges as necessary and create a fluted pattern using your fingers. Freeze the dough-lined pie plate until firm and very cold, 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the pie plate from the freezer and bake for 30 minutes, until the dough is golden.

While the dough is baking, prepare the filling. In a medium saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter over low to medium heat. Remove from the heat and add:

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir until the butter is absorbed. Beat in:

2 large eggs

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Return to the burner and heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is warmed through, about 130 degrees F. Remove from heat stir in 1 cup of pecan halves.

Remove the pie shell from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 275 degrees F. Pour the filling into the pie shell and top with:

3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Bake for 60 minutes, or until the pie is soft like gelatin. Allow the pie to cool for at least 4 hours before serving.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (14)

Hey Pip, your Pie is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? http://knapkins.com/guess_games/790?source=blog

11.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

My favoite pie. This looks delicous!! Have a great week.

11.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi

chocolate and pecans just go together so well! and its good to know that even off pavement it was still delicious .....sigh you do know that's just what happens on holidays, what ever can go wrong does.
The bright spot is you found a new recipe for pecan pie!

11.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChef Dennis

Absolutely GORGEOUS photography here! Love that pie!

I think I prefer alternate title #2, because I would TOTALLY eat this off the pavement!! This looks heavenly!

Oooh that looks so good. i wish I could eat pecans, everyone tells me I am missing out big time!

This recipe looks delicious. I will try this soon and bake it with my mom when I go home for the holidays.

11.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterReina Elliston

Umm...this may be a re-comment. My last one kind of disappeared...

I was just saying you're the coolest foodie ever. I would totally eat this pie off the curb with you :)

Buzzed!

11.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

wow your pie is amazing looking..I can already see that you put a lot a love into it!!! I can imagine the awesome flavor of chocolate and pecans..double yummy!!! By the way I LOVE your photos too!!!

My friend makes a great chocolate pecan pie and a tort I'm trying to get her to share in an interview. Yours looks great, too.

Sorry to hear the pie had an accident...but I totally would have eaten this off the curb, it sounds amazing!

11.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Wow, gorgeous pie! I wish I could grab a slice right now! Yum!

12.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCooking Rookie

What a great pie! Double chocolate...yes please! Such a shame it fell to the ground, but at least to got to taste it with someone!

Oh, gosh, that sounds like something I would do :( I'm glad you at least got to sample this incredible pie!!!

12.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

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