Recipe: Jen's Chocolate Nut Pie

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This recipe for nut and chocolate pie comes together almost as fast as the the Kentucky Derby horses can run. Just make sure you take more than two minutes to savor it.

Makes one pie

    • 1 unbaked pie crust—your favorite recipe (this one makes two) or frozen variety
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup corn syrup
    • 4 large eggs
    • ½ cup butter (melted, then cooled to room temperature)
    • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ¼ teaspoon of salt
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (leave a few as halves)
    • ½ cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat together sugar, syrup, eggs, butter, bourbon (if using), vanilla, and salt. Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips until evenly mixed.

Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 45 minutes, or until set and slightly puffy. Let cool to room temperature, chill if desired, and serve with whipped cream.

To read about how Jen discovered the regional Kentucky specialty that was lurking in her memory, click here.

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Jennifer Ward Barber is an intern at TheAtlantic.com, where she helps produce the Atlantic Food Channel. Follow her on Twitter, or visit her site, Fresh Cracked Pepper, where she writes about food, life, and triathlon. More

Originally from Canada, Jennifer moved to the U.S. to study journalism at Syracuse University. She graduated with her MA from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in June of 2009.
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