Happy Mardi Gras! Tonight, my family had a New Orleans inspired Fat Tuesday feast that was totally amazing. The jumbalaya and corn bread was delicious, but my favorite part of the meal what this amazing dessert. If this dessert does not just make you want to die with happiness than I won’t know what will! We decided to make this version of a traditional southern pecan pie because we thought that adding bourbon was a reference to our New Orleans theme because of the famous Bourbon Street. The bourbon is the perfect addition to the sweet, caramelly pecan pie. My favorite way to serve it is nice and warm with a scoop of your favorite butter pecan ice cream on top (we had Haagen Dazs) and a drizzle of homemade butterscotch sauce. Definitely do NOT be stingy on the butterscotch drizzle… it is delicious and makes the dessert!! The recipe is from the Delicious Disney Desserts cookbook and is a recipe from the Disney Cruise Line.
For the Crust:
We used a pillsbury pie crust. It is really flaky and delicious and saves a lot of prep time!
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- pecan halves for decorating
- Whisk the sugar and flour together in a medium bowl. Then, add the corn syrup, eggs, and bourbon and mix until all ingredients are combined.
- Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Refrigerate 1 hour. (Do not skip this step. It really makes a difference!)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Arrange the pecans in the bottom of the crust and then pour in the filling. Decorate the perimeter of the pie crust with the pecan halves.
- Place in the oven on the center rack and bake until the filling is set and slightly puffed, approximately 55 minutes but keep checking to make sure it does not over bake. If the edges start to get dark, cover them with aluminum foil.
- Remove from oven, cool for a little bit, and then serve.
*TWIST* Add butter pecan ice cream and homemade butterscotch sauce to serve!!
Hot Butterscotch Sauce Recipe (from Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield)
- 1 cup of light corn syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) of butter
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup of heavy or whipping cream
- Put the corn syrup, sugar, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat.
- Stir occasionally until the mixture is blended and smooth.
- Then, increase the heat to medium and heat to boiling.
- Remove from the heat and let stand for 3-4 minutes to cool slightly.
- Gradually stir in the cream
- Serve immediately!
Cut a slice of pie and then top with the ice cream and the hot butterscotch sauce. Dig into this delicious Mardi Gras inspired dessert!