This alternative to classic pecan pie has a salty caramel filling and a mixed cocktail nuts topping, making each bite well-balanced between salty and sweet and multi-textured.
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Pecan pie is almost as common as roast turkey on Thanksgiving. And yet it is often too sweet, too dense, or the crust too dry. The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie addresses these issues with a buttery crust, toasted pecans, and a bittersweet chocolate drizzle.
This recipe, for my most favorite pecan pie ever, tastes like a delicious, gooey, crunchy turtle. It's filled to the brim with nuts and caramel custard, then topped with chunks of dark chocolate and finished with a sprinkle of sea salt. I don't care if the salted caramel trend has jumped the shark, to me this is pecan pie perfection.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we have one thing on the brain, and no, it isn't turkey. It's pie, of course! Because does any holiday celebrate, embrace, and serve up pie the same way as Thanksgiving? In honor of all the piesobilities, over the next few weeks we'll be offering up a variety of recipes for the big three (pecan, apple, and pumpkin), plus pie baking tips, pie toppings, and more! First off, pecan pie, and 7 awesome variations.
I'm happy to report that San Francisco isn't leaving pecans to the South. Life would be too sad without gooey, pull apart sticky buns and classic pecan pie. The bakers around here have clearly realized that pecans are the perfect fatty foil to extra dark chocolate as well as an excellent match for anything with caramel. From tassies to oatmeal bars, here are 7 of our favorite pecan sweets in SF.
There used to be a humble neighborhood joint called Mara's Homemade in New York's East Village that served Bayou staples and barbecue. My husband and I visited it annually for shrimp and grits, gumbo, and ribs, which we'd wash down with hurricanes and Abita beers. And though we would be stuffed to the gills by the end of each epic meal, we could never say no to the offer of Derby Pie, which was loaded with buttery bourbon and caramel, pecans, and dark chocolate. It was one of the finest pies in New York City. With Mara's gone, I'm left to my own devices for my Derby Pie fix.