Sunday, October 13, 2013

Chocolate Pecan Pie - Feeding Larry Lucky Pt 13 - Church Potluck Dessert

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I confess... I am guilty.

I LOVE this pie.  Possibly my very favorite of all time, but last time I made it... Christmas last year.  Before that, Thanksgiving of the year before.  It has a wonderful dramatic presentation, a mouth watering name and the taste lives up to any and all expectations, but this has turned into just a special occasion pie.

Sad but true.

It is a Goto recipe for Holidays, special occasions, big family events or when I want to cook to impress.  All month long I have been talking about my blogging buddy Larry and his travels.  This was my pie of choice to serve at his Whoop de Doo backyard BBQ and it did indeed prove the most popular of my selection.

Deliciously nutty, chocolaty, sweet with an Earthy custard center... And tastes just as good as it looks and sounds!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK... Here's what I did...

Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • Big Pinch of Salt
  • 2 TBS Softened Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 3 Large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp Bourbon (can use Vanilla Extract)
  • 1 TBS Vinegar
  • 1-1/2 Cups Pecan halves... Chop 1 Cup, reserve 1/2 Cup for top
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Pie Crust Store bought or make your own)
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream together the Butter and Sugar
  3. Add the beaten eggs, cornstarch, salt, Bourbon (or Vanilla), vinegar and corn syrup and mix well.
  4. Cut pastry dough 1 inch larger than pan to fold edges under and flute. Glaze bottom with egg white. Sprinkle 1 Cup chopped pecans and all of the chocolate on pie shell.
  5. Pour Pie Filling into pie shell on top of the chips and pecans
  6. Decorate top attractively with reserve whole pecan halves.
  7. Bake on center rack of oven for 50 minutes or until set (Mine took an hour 10 minutes). Cool on wire rack before serving.
  8. Serve Warm, room temperature or chilled (delicious either way) and ENJOY!

My good Blogging buddy Larry has been RVing around the country and stopped by our little corner of the Universe.  I used the occasion of his visit to throw a Bobby Flay style BBQ Addiction Whoop de Doo with...

Fish, Fowl, Hoof, Larry, Snout and Fish!  

First up, the Fowl, that's a BBQ Turkey, brined and injected with Cajun Butter and Glazed with that Jack Daniel's Whiskey BBQ Sauce.
Second is the Hoof, a 30 Garlic Peppercorn Beef Roast.
Third is Larry hisself!
These Sweet Cherry Baby Back ribs are second from the right 
And last but not least... the Fish is an absolutely amazing Cranberry Walnut sauce Sugar Cured Whole Salmon Filet.

But even Larry does not travel 4,000 miles in a rolling Studio Apartment on Meat alone... Come back all this next week for my side dishes, desserts to go along with all that meat.

I started with a spectacular presentation of a simple Jell-o salad (Dessert???).  Just a little extra effort and I had Stained Glass Jell-O, worthy of any Church PotLuck.

And then I whipped up a quick and easy faux Succotash (no Lima Beans) of corn and tomato relish (salsa, or... well, why not go ahead and call  it a Succotash!) that added bright colors and a unique combination of tastes (and only takes about 10 minutes to make)!

I did serve two kinds of potatoes, not only these, but I also WHIPPED up what I consider the world's BEST Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  These have it all... BACON, Garlic, A secret ingredient that leaves them with a hint of natural sweetness.  They are creamy yet still have a little bit of texture lumps.  I like a few  skin on potatoes so there are bits of red potato skins for color, texture and health. Making mashed potatoes for any group is always tough as people like what they like and question why anyone would make something new.  But for me at least... BEST EVER GARLIC MASHED POTATOES!

For that second potato dish ( Mostly I like the look of the presentation of a big beef roast resting on a bed of)...
Garlic Green Beans, Red Potato warm Potato Salad!  Makes a beautiful presentation and loaded with flavors (and adds another vegetable to the table.

We are getting close to the end of my "Feeding Larry" series.

But I did want to remind you all of the AMAZING Mac and Cheese... Flavored with a package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing seasoning packet, this is about my very favorite.  Fast and Easy Ranch Mac and Cheese, can be made a day in advance, served warm or cold... A PERFECT Side Dish for any occasion!

I also jumped the Thanksgiving gun a bit with a Chorizo Sausage and Apple Dressing (never Stuffing) to pair with that Turkey.

And finally, I Cowboyed up with a pot of Easy Fast Cowboy Pork and Beans, Quick and Sweet.  Almost anytime I smoke something I am likely to make a pot of beans... tasty of course, but also adds moisture to the kettle as I cook.  And Tasty of course.

... 13 Dishes and still rolling along.   But all good things come to an end... Tomorrow is my final dessert.  Don't miss it!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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