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Bourbon Pecan Slab Pie

Upgrade this seasonal favorite to a large-format slab pie.

By Rhoda Boone, Made In Culinary Creative Director
Nov 10, 2022
3 Hours
12 - 15 Servings
Medium

Rhoda Boone, our Culinary Creative Director, developed a recipe for this beloved southern dessert in slab pie form, making it perfect for a party or holiday when you need to feed a crowd. This style of pie is for crust lovers, offering a high crust to filling ratio, and is baked to perfection in our French Porcelain Baking Slab designed by Chef Nancy SIlverton.

Pecan pie can be cloyingly sweet, but this recipe employs cane syrup, a caramelly, thick, rich liquid made by boiling sugar cane juice in open kettles, which lends a more complex flavor than the standard corn syrup. Additions of (optional) bourbon and a hint of unsweetened cocoa powder add bitter notes to round out the sweetness and make for a more balanced pie.

We love making pie dough using a food processor because the results are so consistent, but you can certainly make the dough by hand instead. The key to a good pie dough is keeping all the ingredients really cold, so don’t forget to stop and chill if things start to warm up and get too soft. The pie dough can be made up to 3 days in advance and chilled, or frozen for up to 3 months; thaw before using. The baked pie will keep, loosely covered with aluminum foil, at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Bourbon Pecan Slab Pie

Upgrade this seasonal favorite to a large-format slab pie.

Rhoda Boone, Made In Culinary Creative Director

3 Hours
12 - 15 Servings
Medium
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and frozen for 15 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, chilled
  • For the filling:
  • 1 pound whole pecans (4 ½–5 cups), divided
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 cups cane syrup (such as Steen's), or golden syrup (such as Lyle’s), divided
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey, optional
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
  • Unsweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving
Instructions
    1.

    To make the crust, in the bowl of a food processor, pulse 2½ cups flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter and pulse until coarse, pea-sized crumbs appear, about 10 seconds. With the machine running, add vinegar and ¼ cup ice water and process until the dough just holds together, about 30 seconds. Squeeze a small amount of dough between your fingers and if it is very crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time (2 tablespoons maximum). Do not overprocess.

    2.

    Alternatively, if you don’t have a food processor, whisk together 2½ cups flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Toss the cubes of butter in the flour, coating each one. Then use your fingertips to press and flatten each cube, incorporating the fat into the flour. Work quickly as the butter must remain cold for best results. Add the vinegar and ¼ cup ice water and use a spatula to incorporate the liquid into the dough until a shaggy mass forms. Squeeze a small amount of dough between your fingers and if it is very crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time (2 tablespoons maximum). Do not overmix.

    3.

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and push together into a rough ball. Knead a few times to combine. Flatten into a rectangular shape (about 8x12”) with smooth edges (no cracks), cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour (or up to 3 days).

    4.

    On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle about 13x17”. Roll the dough loosely around the rolling pin, and then unfurl it into the Baking Slab. Gently lift and settle the dough into the pan.

    5.

    Trim the excess dough using kitchen shears, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Cut v-shaped notches of dough out of corners so they are not too thick and fold the excess dough over itself and into the sides of the Baking Slab. Press with your finger or a chopstick in regular intervals to crimp the dough into the sides of the Slab. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill 15 minutes while you make the filling.

    6.

    Preheat the oven to 425F with racks on the middle and bottom rungs. Place a Sheet Pan on the bottom rack to preheat.

    7.

    To make the filling, set aside 2 Tbsp. cane syrup in a medium bowl. Add 1 ½-2 cups of the nicest looking pecans (for the topping) and ¼ tsp. salt and toss to combine. Melt butter in Butter Warmer over medium heat, set aside to cool. Add sugar, remaining syrup, remaining 1 tsp. salt, vanilla, bourbon (if using), and cocoa to a medium bowl and whisk until incorporated. Add eggs and whisk until smooth. Add butter and whisk. Roughly chop remaining pecans and add to bowl, folding them in with a rubber spatula.

    8.

    Fill the dough-lined Baking Slab with the pecan filling (do not overfill). Evenly sprinkle the syrup-glazed whole pecans over the pie, allowing them to settle on top of the filling.

    9.

    Place Baking Slab on the preheated Sheet Pan and bake until the crust begins to turn golden, 15–20 minutes. Rotate Sheet Pan, move to center rack, and reduce heat to 375F. Continue baking until the filling is barely jiggly in the center and slightly puffed and crust is golden brown, 20-30 minutes more. Cool on a rack for at least 2 hours to let set before slicing.

    10.

    Slice pie and serve with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream.

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