In this classic with a twist, the complex flavors of brown butter and bourbon breathe new life into sweet and nutty pecan pie. Traditionalists and modernists alike will appreciate the enhancement of familiar flavors, especially when finished off with a dollop of whipped cream.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2020


Credit: Pieter Estersohn

Recipe Summary

35 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Serves 8 to 10


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Instructions Checklist
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish; trim, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold overhang under and crimp as desired. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, then continue cooking, swirling occasionally, until dark golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to stop cooking (you should have about 1/4 cup).

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, browned butter, eggs, corn syrup, maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour filling into pie shell. Starting from outside and working your way in, arrange pecan halves in slightly overlapping concentric circles, covering top of pie.

  • Place a baking sheet on bottom rack of oven, then place pie dish directly on middle rack; bake 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F and continue baking until center wobbles just slightly when shaken, 40 minutes to 1 hour (if nuts or crust begin browning too quickly, tent with foil). Let cool completely, at least 4 hours, before serving with whipped cream. Pie can be stored, covered with plastic wrap, at room temperature up to 1 day.