Bring the family together at your Thanksgiving table this Autumn season and finish with a flourish. This Chocolate Pecan Pie with a Bourbon Twist is a real showstopper!
Thanksgiving is a Time for Family and Pie
Next to Halloween, Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday. Ideally it takes place on a cool but clear blue sky day when there are still leaves on the trees. The kind of day that you can appreciate all the colours of fall with friends and family. The harvest is (hopefully) over and the cold room is stocked with root vegetables, pickles, and preserves of all kinds. The turkeys are nice and plump. There’s no pressure like at Christmas time, no tree to drag out of the basement or presents to buy. It’s the holiday of giving thanks, appreciating each other as you are with all your faults (and what family is without faults?). The best part is gathering around the table to eat yourself silly.
A Full House is a Happy House
This year I am hosting my family and my in-laws at the same time. I could be freaking out right now but I’m not. I have spaces for everyone to lay their heads at night, a full refrigerator and that’s all that matters. It’s a long drive for all of them so I always aim to keep them comfortable and well fed. We keep our activities low key, save for the odd walk to get our bodies moving after the feast. We usually get a lot of visiting in and the odd (okay multiple) hand of cards.
A History of Family Wedding Dresses
This year’s family Thanksgiving celebrations were a bit different. My little sister is getting married!! We decided that since everyone would be together, Saturday would be the ideal time to go dress shopping. She made all the appointments for fittings. All of us ladies never had the opportunity to go dress shopping for our own weddings so this was a huge deal! Mom made her own dress with the help of her mother and sister (who later wore the dress at her own wedding). The middle sister had tried a few dresses on then ordered one off the internet. For my own dress, mom and I went to the nearest large town to pick up the fabric; yards and yards of cream raw silk with an extra yard or two of seed pearl encrusted raw silk for the bodice.
This Year We’re Wedding Dress Shopping!
Dress shopping day was a mixture of emotions for everyone, and when my little sister tried on THE dress, there was no denying that it was made for her because EVERYONE was crying. Of course, you might be able to guess that it was the most expensive dress she had tried on that day. She really tried to justify spending all that money on a dress for one day. She’s notoriously thrifty, having re-designed a thrift shop dress for her own graduation, so I say it’s a well deserved splurge. I guess time will tell.
Pie Time Conversations
Back home during pie time, we were teasing the groom-to-be about the details of the dress, exaggerating the details and seeing how far we could go. He knows that she is a free spirit with a disdain for the mainstream and I truly think there would be nothing that would surprise him; other than that dress.
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Other Recipes to be Thankful for from Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
Chocolate Pecan Pie with Bourbon
Chocolate Pecan Pie with Bourbon
- 2 cups (about 7 ounces) pecans
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
- 3 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
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- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 12-inch round.
- Transfer to a 9-inch glass pie plate. Trim the overhang to 1/2 inch, fold the edge under itself and crimp according to your preference. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roast the pecans on it for about 8 minutes; coarsely chop.
- Whisk the eggs with the brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, melted butter, bourbon and salt until blended.
- Pour the filling into the pie shell. Scatter pecans and chocolate chips evenly over filling.
- Bake on the lower oven rack for about 55 minutes, or until the center of the pie is set. You can tent the crust with foil halfway through the baking time if the edge is browning too quickly.
- Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool for at least 1 hour before serving.