1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1-stick), cut into 1/4-inch pieces and chilled
3–4 tablespoons ice water
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1-stick), cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
3 large eggs
¾ cup dark corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons bourbon
2 cups whole pecans, toasted, cooled, and broken into small pieces
It is possible to purchase pie dough already made. You could sprinkle it with brown sugar. I am not sure if we really want to do that?
1. For the dough: Pulse flour, brown sugar, and salt in food processor until blended. Add butter and pulse until flour is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal, ten to fifteen 1-second pulses. (To do this by hand, grate frozen butter into flour using large holes of box grater, then rub flour-coated pieces between your fingers until flour turns pale yellow and coarse.) Turn mixture into medium bowl.
2. Using rubber spatula, fold 3 tablespoons water into flour mixture, then press against side of bowl (if mixture doesn’t hold together, add up to 1 more tablespoon water). Squeeze dough together and flatten into disk. Dust with flour, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days before rolling.
3. Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand until dough is malleable enough to roll out but still cool, 10 to 20 minutes. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Roll dough over pin and unroll it evenly into 9-inch Pyrex pie plate. Fit dough into pie plate and flute edges. Refrigerate for 40 minutes, then freeze for 20 minutes.
4. Line pie shell with two 12-inch pieces aluminum foil, fitting foil so that it hangs over edges of crust. Distribute 2 cups pie weights over foil, then bake until dough under foil dries out, 20 to 25 minutes. Carefully remove foil and weights, then continue to bake until crust is firmly set and lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove pie shell from oven and set aside. (Shell can be cooled, wrapped tightly in plastic, and stored at room temperature for 1 day.)
5. For the filling: Lower oven temperature to 275 degrees. Place pie shell in oven if not still warm.
6. Cook butter, brown sugar, and salt together in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar is melted and butter is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in eggs, one at a time; whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons bourbon. Return pan to medium heat and stir constantly until mixture is glossy and warm to touch, about 4 minutes. (Do not overheat; remove pan from heat if mixture starts to steam or bubble. Temperature should be about 130 degrees.) Remove pan from heat and stir in pecans and remaining bourbon.
7. Pour mixture into warm shell and bake until center feels set yet soft, like gelatin, when gently pressed, 45 to 60 minutes. Cool pie completely on rack, at least 4 hours. (Pie can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.) Serve pie at room temperature (or warm it briefly in oven), topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.