This pie puts an adult spin on the traditional holiday favorite dessert with the addition of a few teaspoons of brandy.





Instructions Checklist
  • Crust: In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, add up to 2 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time); do not overmix. Form dough into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 12-inch round. Place in a 9-inch pie plate, fold overhang under, and crimp edges. Prick dough all over with a fork. Place a sheet of parchment paper over dough and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until edge is light golden, about 15 minutes; remove parchment and weights.

  • Filling: Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, brand (if using), and salt. Fold in pecans. Pour filling into pie shell and bake until set but still slightly wobbly in center, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, 2 hours, before serving.

Cook's Notes

This pie uses the same crust as our Brown-Sugar Buttermilk Pie recipe. If you want to make both pies, prepare a double batch of dough, dividing it into 2 disks before chilling overnight or freezing up to 3 months.

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Rating: 5 stars
I've made this pecan pie recipe every year since I discovered it a decade ago. It is always a hit. I use Brandy Extract to substitute Brandy Liqueur. The perfect caramel-nut texture of the center is complimented by the layer of pecans across the surface. Sometimes the top gets a little to dark during cooking, so I watch it closely during baking and use foil as necessary to maintain an even light brown surface.