Hubby turned the big 5-0 on Monday. And, as per tradition at Camp Rustown, I let him decide what kind of cake he wanted - he picked pie. Said he thought a chocolate pecan pie sounded good. He had never actually had one, and I didn't have a recipe, so I turned to Cooks.com and adapted one that was THE BEST pie I have had in a loooong time...
Chocolate Pecan Pie
1 Pillsbury ready pie crust
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. sugar
1 4oz. bar of Girardelli semisweet chocolate, melted
2 T. butter, melted
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 cup pecan halves
Preheat the oven to 350. Lay the crust out in a 9 inch pie plate, crimp the edges. Mix all but pecans until well blended. Stir in pecan s. Pour into crust. Set the pie on a cookie sheet and bake for 55 minutes, or until set. (You can insert a knife halfway and see that it comes out cleanly). Cool.
This pie tasted like a gooey, fudgey version of a pecan pie - like a brownie, almost, and was delicious. The quality of the chocolate makes a big difference - you could melt chocolate chips (1/2 c.) but try to buy the really good ones.
And Hubby gets a slice of it in his lunch today - his first day back after knee surgery.
Hopefully, it will sweeten his day. (: