Tis the season for everything sweet, and pies are the leaders of the pack. There are 3 pies that tend to rule these few months- apple, pumpkin, and pecan. They just scream cold weather and a warm oven. Now for whatever reason, we’re partial to pecan pie. Okay, we know the reasons: because it’s sweet and nutty, crunchy and gooey in all the right places. And when you are going to indulge, you have to eat something that hits multiple dimensions of flavor, right? More bang for your caloric buck! Now let’s talk about this maple and bourbon pecan pie…
Pure maple syrup is a great sugar substitute because it adds great depth and flavor, and even has fewer calories than honey. It also doesn’t hurt that maple comes from trees, so it has to be good, right? Maple is just a feel-good flavor. It makes us think of a pancake breakfast with the family gathered around the table- some of the best things in the world!
The other flavor in this pie comes from the bourbon. If you are going to make your sweets boozey, bourbon is the way to go. It pairs beautifully with the pecans and maple because they all have an earthy quality to them. Each flavor also has a lot warmth, which is exactly what you need this time of the year. Top it off with a dash of cinnamon, and this is possibly the best pie you’ll ever taste- no joke! Oh and did we mention it’s all packed inside of a killer, whole wheat pie crust? Oh yes. Now get to baking…
Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie with Whole Wheat Crust Recipe
- 1 C whole wheat flour
- 1/2 C white flour
- 2 t sugar
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 C cold butter, sliced
- 4-5 Tbsp. cold milk
- 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup corn syrup, light or dark
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1. Cut your butter up into cubes.
2. Mix together whole wheat flour with some sugar and salt, adding in the cold butter cubes.
3. Smash the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. You can slowly add milk until dough sticks together.
4. Take the clump of dough out set it on a flour covered counter top.
5. Start to roll out the dough.
6. Fold the dough to make it easier to pick up, and carefully set it into your pie pan.
7. Unfold the dough. It will fall apart a bit, but it is easy to put back together and patch up.
8. Form the dough into the pan.
9. Chop up your pecans.
10. Mix together the ingredients for the pie filling.
11. Put pecans into the pie crust.
12. Pour filling over the pecans.
Bake for about 40 minute and voila!
Editor: Nicole Walker