This Thanksgiving, let’s add some dark chocolate to our homemade pecan pie. Why mess with classic pecan pie perfection? Because not only do toasty pecans scream for a little dark chocolate, Thanksgiving desserts usually seem to be seriously lacking in the chocolate department. And for a holiday as special as Thanksgiving, I like to take the extra time and effort to make a braided pie crust. A light egg wash and the lightest sprinkling of sweet cinnamon sugar takes this crust right over the top!
You know you want a slice of this deep dark chocolate-y pecan pie on your dessert plate! Even if it's just a "little" slice!
I start with toasting the pecans, which really adds so much nutty flavor! While those are roasting and toasting up warm in the oven, let's get started with the filling!
All of your favorites are in this golden caramel filling. Melted butter starts us off, but we'll add dark brown sugar, dark corn syrup, fresh eggs and sea salt. Each ingredient has a specific purpose, and set up the filling so that it stays firm and tastes so silky and good! Make sure that you are using a good quality butter for this recipe - no margarine for us! And if you're feeling extra adventurous, you can also use browned butter as a starting point!
I prefer to use dark corn syrup and dark brown sugar, which gives this pie a deeper, richer flavor - but you can always use light corn syrup and granulated sugar if you prefer a lighter look and flavor. (I highly suggest that you give the dark brown sugar and dark corn syrup a try!)
Make sure that you use room temperature eggs. Room temperature are so important for this pie. Because of the melted butter in the filling, cold eggs will solidify and you'll end up with a filling that is not a smooth, silky and creamy, and patches of butter flavor and others that will just plain miss out on the butter flavor because it doesn't all mix up completely if the eggs are cold. Room temperature eggs definitely make a difference!
I use dark chocolate chips, because again, dark chocolate flavor is my favorite! If you can't get your hands on dark chocolate chips, you could also use semi-sweet chocolate chips. Or chop us a couple of dark chocolate bars. Sprinkle the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate on top of the pecans, and cover with the golden liquid filling.
This truly is one of the easiest pies to make from scratch. And the taste? AMAZING!
All that's left to do now is take a bite! Hope that you enjoy this as much as we do!