Chocolate pecan pie is truly a classic pie dish, liked by all especially kids. On hearing the name of this dish you will surely find many of them practically drooling as it is considered to be one of the star and exotic desserts that makes one go crazy about this dessert. It is an exceptional dish that can be made during Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday parties or kitty parties.
There are a variety of variations that can be made in pies which can be either sweet or savory. Pies are always attractive, yummy to look and eat. Chocolate pecan pie has a soft and gooey filling richly stuffed with brown and white sugar, eggs, vanilla essence, butter, chocolate chips and pecans.
Some of my favorite pies are the strawberry pie, key lime pie, apple pie and the list really goes on and on.. The filling is one of the most vital elements in making of an appetizing and mouth watering pie. The semi-sweet chocolate chips engulfed in the pecan pie enhance the taste of pecan giving it a caramel like flavor and counteracts the sweetness of the pie.
This makes an incredibly flavorful Chocolate pecan pie recipe that starts off with a short crust pasty, having a crumbly texture and wonderful buttery flavor which pairs well with the sweet pecan filling. Short crust is a crumbly pastry that is perfect for sweet, savory pies and tarts. They are the most useful and versatile pastry.
The degree of ‘shortness’ or crisp crumbliness the pastry depends mainly on the amount and type of fat incorporated into the flour and the way in which the pastry is handled. Normally the sauce is poured over the crust pastry. Pecan pie is incredibly sweet and rich as it is, and that can take it too far. Pecans are great edible nuts with a rich and buttery flavor.
They are extensively used in cooking, particularly in sweet desserts. Pecan pie is a popular traditional southern U.S recipe. Pecan nuts can also be eaten fresh. Like walnuts, pecans are also a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. They are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, although pecans contain about half as much omega-6 as walnuts.
A diet rich in nuts can lower the risk of gallstones in women. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans reduce high cholesterol by reducing the "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. The best recipes for chocolate pecan pies have toasted pecans, classic pecan pie filling & gourmet chocolate in a flaky pie crust, dark chocolate, brown sugar and butter. vDon't scrimp on quality when it comes to making the most excellent chocolate pecan pie for the holidays.
As important as toasted and roasted pecans are to this pie, so is the type of chocolate used. Gourmet chocolate like mini chocolate chips is easy to use and shaved or finely chopped dark chocolate works well too. These two ingredients toasted or roasted pecans and gourmet chocolate - will be the deciding factor between a so-so chocolate pecan pie and a grab to have some-now chocolate pecan pie!
To prepare this remarkable traditional Chocolate pecan pie, firstly preheat oven at 400 degree F. Prepare one 9 inch pie shell or crust ahead of time using the best pie crust. You can also use frozen pie crust or make your own dough.
Place 1/3 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips all over the unbaked pie crust on all sides and center. Place the pie crust on a baking sheet to prevent drips and set aside.
For the filling, in a bowl beat 2 eggs well until frothy, add 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and give it a nice stir and then add 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, ¼ cup white sugar and 1 cup light brown sugar and whisk.
Add ½ cup melted butter and whisk well all the ingredients together to form a smooth paste making it a gooey sticky sugary paste. To this mixture, add 1 ½ cup roughly chopped pecan and stir well. This makes the filling ready.
Carefully pour this batter over the chocolate chips and pecan, being careful not to disturb them. Gently tap the baking dish and bake at 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes and then reduce to 350 degree F for approximately 30 to 35 minutes or until top is slightly browned and puffed up.
Once the chocolate pecan pie is done, allow cooling completely. Chocolate Pecan Pie cuts best when it is chilled. Use a sharp knife. Let cool completely before wrapping. This pie freezes well, so make extra! Serve cold with delicious vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
What's better than a classic pecan pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Start out with the best flaky pie crust, add some gourmet chocolate chips or shaved dark chocolate on the bottom, top with toasted pecans, add the richest and gooey-est pecan pie filling, bake and serve! Make sure to have some French vanilla ice cream or the fluffiest whipped cream available to top it with! This is one of the most delicate pies that can be made.