Fisher® Nuts shared this nice twist on a classic dessert.
Fisher® Nuts Pecan Brownie Pie
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Ingredients
  • 1 Can (14 0z.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (divided)
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 T Vanilla
  • 1/2 t Cinnamon
  • 1/4 t Kosher Salt
  • 3 C Fisher® Pecan Halves (divided)
  • 2 T Whole Milk
  • 1 Refrigerated Pie Shell
  • 1/4 C White Chocolate Chips
Tools & Equipment
  • Dry Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Can Opener
  • Kitchen Spoon
  • Medium-Sized Saucepan
  • Medium-Sized Mixing Bowl
  • 2 Small Microwaveable Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Oven Mitts
  • Oven
  • Microwave (optional)
Estimated Time
Active Time: 10 to 15 Minutes Passive Time: 50 to 60 Minutes
Yield
8 Servings
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We appreciate Fisher® Nuts sharing this twist on a classic Pecan Pie. The addition of the chocolate only enhances the Pecan flavor. 

This recipe is for the prohibition-friendly version. If the idea of a Bourbon Pecan Brownie Pie appeals to you, and yours, feel free to replace the Vanilla Extract with Bourbon (or similar). If you wish to split the difference you could use half Vanilla Extract and half Bourbon. 

Preparation

The Preparation, the second of Smart Kitchen®'s Four Levers of Cooking™ for Pecan Brownie Pie can be fairly straightforward if you are working straight through, and using a commercial, refrigerated Pie Crust.  Some complexity can be injected if you choose to make your own Pie Crust from scratch. We will discuss below.

If you are working straight through, as we suggest, begin by pre-heating your oven to 350˚ F before measuring and laying out your ingredients. Open the can of Sweetened Condensed Milk, use a Dry Measuring Cup to measure the Sugar, etc.

Also, divide the Chocolate Chips into two portions (first of 1.5 C, the second of 0.5 C). Divide the Fisher® Pecan Halves into two portions (the first of 2.5 C, the second of 0.5 C), etc. You could even Crack the Eggs and hold them ready in a Ramekin. Be aware that you will need two 1 T portions of Whole Milk

If you need to Organize so that you free up some time, or oven space, on the day of service, your most obvious choice would be to Bake the Pecan Brownie Pie (including the Chocolate Sauce and White Chocolate Glaze) in its entirety, ahead of time.

The completed pie can be stored covered at room temperature on a counter (for a day or two) or in the refrigerator (for 3 to 4 days). Reheating the pie gently in the oven using Low Heat for 15 minutes to half an hour will yield a great result. Working ahead does not really get easier than that.  

Aside from the order of operations, an additional wrinkle that you may face in the Preparation phase is whether you wish to make your Pie Crust from scratch. We are for it but it will involve the extra step of making the pie crust beforehand so that it is cooled and ready and waiting for the filling as part of your Mise en Place.

Method

Assuming that you are working straight through from the Preparation phase, and that your oven is pre-heating, begin the Method, the active cooking phase, by making the pie filling.

In a medium Saucepan, Simmer the sweetened condensed milk and the sugar together over Medium Heat. Whisk steadily until the sugar dissolves. It should take about 3 to 5 minutes.  

Once the sugar is dissolved, turn off the burner and whisk in the first portion of Chocolate Chips and then set it aside.

Working rapidly so that the Milk, Chocolate and Sugar mixture remains warm and pourable, whisk together the cracked Eggs, the Vanilla Extract, the ground Cinnamon and the Kosher Salt in a Medium-Sized Mixing Bowl.

By this time, the milk & chocolate mixture should be warm, without being dangerously hot, so that it can be handled. If it is safe to touch, pour about a half cup of the milk & chocolate mixture into the eggs in the mixing bowl. Whisk as you pour. As the first batch gets whisked into the eggs, continue with another half cup (approximately) of the milk & chocolate mixture. Continue pouring and whisking in roughly half cup batches until the saucepan is empty.

Once everything is incorporated stir in the first portion of Fisher® Pecan Halves* (2.5 C). Congratulations, you have made your pie filling.

You don't want the wet filling sitting on the dry shell for too long. Only after your oven has reached temperature, go ahead and pour the pie filling into the pie shell and then carefully place the unbaked pie onto the center rack of the 350˚ F oven. 

Let it bake for about 35 to 40 minutes until fairly firm in the center.

If you wish to confirm with a Visual Clue, you can use the optional Knife Test to check. If a knife blade inserted into the pie comes out cleanly, the filling is baked. Because everything in the oven will be 350˚ F, use Oven Mitts to slide the center rack slightly out towards you before inserting the knife.

Once the pie is baked, the next step is to remove the pie from the oven using Oven Mitts. and letting it cool on a safe, heat resistant surface.

As the pie cools from very hot to just warm, place the second portion of Chocolate Chips (0.5 C) and one tablespoon of the Whole Milk into a microwave-safe dish. Microwave** for 30 seconds on High before carefully removing the dish from the microwave and stirring the contents.

If it looks like Chocolate Sauce, it is ready to go. If you need to be sure take a taste from kitchen spoon that you used to stir the contents. Tasting is a duty (and benefit) of being the chef. Microwaves vary. If, after inspecting and tasting, you feel that it needs a little more heat return the chocolate sauce to the Microwave for another 30 seconds.

When the Chocolate Sauce is just right, drizzle it over the warm Pecan Brownie Pie. Think about your Flair, the Fourth of Smart Kitchen®'s Four Levers of Cooking. Can you make an interesting design over the top of the pie? How will your chocolate sauce look with the White Chocolate Glaze employed in the next and final step?

Making the White Chocolate Glaze will be a similar process to the Chocolate Sauce above. Place the White Chocolate Chips and one tablespoon of whole milk into a clean microwave safe bowl. Heat it on High for 15 seconds before carefully removing the dish from the microwave and stirring the contents with a clean kitchen spoon (or similar). If 15 seconds were not enough, heat another 10 seconds. Repeat until the white chocolate has melted and become a Glaze.

Drizzle the White Chocolate Glaze over the Pecan Brownie Pie. Try for something interesting and appetizing.

Finally, place or sprinkle the remaining Fisher® Pecan Halves on top to enhance your design. Your culinary art work is complete. Enjoy!

*By the way, if you wish to have crunchier Pecans in your pie, you can Toast the pecans and cool them before folding them into the Pie Filling in the step above.

**In the tools list, we have a microwave as optional because the melting of the chocolate can also be accomplished with a small sauce pan (or similar). Use whichever you like.