Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bourbon and orange pecan pie

I have already made this four times in as many weeks. You've heard me whingeing about my lack of time before, so what's the deal?

I tore this recipe out of one of my favourite magazines, "Real Simple." And sure enough, this recipe is real simple.

What's the secret? Well, as the labour and delivery nurse told me while I was delaying getting the epidural during my labour "Don't be a shero."

After having a child I no longer try to be a shero. If there are shortcuts, I might just take them.


The shortcut here, purists don't stop reading, is using a ready-made pie crust. I used frozen Tenderflake. Don't get me wrong, it's no substitute for a homemade pastry crust. And I have made homemade pastry crusts to great success other times, but this shortcut was too tempting to refuse.

And the shocking thing is that every time I made this pie I heard that it was "the best pecan pie ever." I think it's the orange zest.

You can find the recipe at the Real Simple website.

Substitutions:
As the recipe suggests, you can substitute vanilla extract for bourbon. I don't have bourbon lying around, nor do I plan to, and the vanilla worked just fine. One of the times I used dark brown sugar rather than light brown sugar and the flavour was decidedly more rich.

Would I make this again?
I think it's obvious that my answer is yes. I whipped up this pie in just a few minutes as my toddler whinged and whined about the horrors of staying put in a high chair. His yells are piercing, to say the least, and I don't last very long when his tantrum is well underway. I didn't have to, this is a speedy one.

Grade:
Six stars out of five. I'm not over-awarding this one. It's easy, it's quick, it's delicious. And even if you are using a ready-made pastry crust, this homemade pecan pie beats getting a slightly stale one from your grocery store bakery. And you will wow your guests. You know how I love to do that.

7 comments:

Amy said...

Mmm, like the rest of your blog entries, this sounds divine. I've made dark chocolate and bourbon pecan pie, but never thought of orange. I might just have to give it a whirl.


Robin Hood makes a decent pie crust mix too. You just add ice water. It's one of my favorite short cut crusts. Although no comparison to hers, not even my darling Grandma knew it wasn't homemade.

I've also tried Pilsbury refrigerated crusts for the base of crumble pies too and they worked well.

Mary said...

I will have to check out the Robin Hood mix, thanks for the heads up!

Brenda said...

Mary, I am a HUGE fan of pre-made pie crusts I'm embarrassed to say, lol. I use Pillsbury all the time and rarely make my own. Pie crusts are one of the few things I simply don't enjoy making. Never have, never will. I just love pecan pie and I bet the orange does add something special. Looks scrumptious!

creampuff said...

That picture of the crusty pecans has my mouth watering. And I'm all good with ready-made pie crust. Especially if it has a bourbon filling!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

This looks great, and nothing wrong with a pre-made pie crust in my book :-)
Sue

The Food Hunter said...

This sounds great!

Mary said...

You won't be sorry if you make it! I'd love to hear how it goes.