It’s a good season for pie lovers. The seasonal dessert is about to take center stage at parties and holiday celebrations. But for home bakers, pies can be intimidating. You can either perfect the pie crust, or ruin it, and the fear of the latter keeps many party hosts going the store-bought route. Luckily, there are easy pie recipes that call for both homemade and pre-prepared crusts. We’re highlighting the ones that anyone can master. There are a number of simply seasonal pie recipes you can put on your dessert table alongside the other traditional sweets, and they may outshine the classics. When chocolate, pecans, caramel, apples, and hazelnuts are involved, cake and cookies are not options. Here are the pie recipes for those who want to serve their seasonal pies homemade.
1. Chocolate Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is up there next to pumpkin pie when it comes to classic fall desserts, but this recipe from Food Network stars chocolate, making it that much more decadent. The chocolate pecan pie is as easy as they come, and only requires a handful of ingredients and 35 minutes from start to finish. Pumpkin pie is great, but it can’t promise the chocolatey crunch that this pecan pie does.
- 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell
- 2 cups pecan halves
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- ½ cup dark corn syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons good-quality bourbon
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover bottom of pie crust with pecans.
Whisk together the eggs and melted butter in a medium bowl. Add the corn syrup, sugar, bourbon, and the chopped chocolate. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into the pie shell over the pecans and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.