I may be out of town for Christmas, but that doesn't mean I'm not all up in my Uncle's kitchen. You can take the girl out of her kitchen, but you can't take the cook out of the girl. So, while I may not have my usual setup for photos and the like, I've been completely spoiled on my Uncle's massive kitchen when compared to my tiny little closet of a kitchen.
This Lightened Up Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie has been a family favorite for many years now, we're thinking maybe 7-8 years at least. The original is what we made this year for Christmas, mostly because I don't have my 'skinny' pantry on hand with my usual bag-of-tricks. But, the usual way that I make it is just as delicious and lightened up by at least half the calories and sugar too!
To cut down on the sugar, I swap in any natural sweetener that measures cup-for-cup like sugar. I also like to use a light butter in place of regular butter because it doesn't make any difference taste wise for this bourbon loaded beauty.
Any bourbon will work too! Just... keep in mind that the stronger the bourbon, the more potent it will be in the pie. This year I was able to use some of my Uncle's pecan flavored whiskey which was a lot more mild than my usual kick-in-the-pants of traditional Kentucky bourbon. It completely depends on what you like!
This pie is great for almost any holiday, Thanksgiving through New Years and back again. I honestly haven't come across anyone that didn't like it yet and it's more often than not, a recipe with legs. That is to say that the recipe is often requested by friends and family after they enjoy it!
Since this is such a rich flavored pie, I usually like to cut it into smaller slices. A little bit can go a long way, especially if you use a traditional bourbon!
Lightened Up Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Servings: 12 • Size: About 1 1/2 Cup • Calories: 413 • Fat: 23 g • Saturated Fat: 9 g • Carb: 50 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 38 g • Sodium: 175 mg
1 Refrigerated Pie Dough Crust
1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Natural Sweetener
1 C. Light Corn Syrup
1/2 C. Light Butter
4 Whole Large Eggs, Beaten
1/4 C. Bourbon
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 Tsp. Salt
6 Oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 C. Chopped Pecans
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. and place the pie dough into a pie tin to create your crust; set aside.
In a small saucepan combine 1/2 C. Sugar, 1/2 C. Natural Sweetener, 1 C. Light Corn Syrup, and 1/2 C. Light Butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter or margarine melts and sugar dissolves; set aside to cool slightly.
While the sugar mixture is cooling, combine 4 Eggs, 1/4 C. Bourbon, 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract, and 1/4 Tsp. Salt. Mix well.
Slowly pour sugar mixture into egg mixture, stirring constantly.
Finally, stir in chocolate chips and pecans until all the chocolate has melted.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pie shell.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until set and crust is golden brown.
Serve right away and enjoy!
Nutritional Claims: Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Pescatarian, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Red Meat Free, Crustacean Free, Celery Free, Mustard Free, Sesame Free, Lupine Free, Mollusk Free