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Butterscotch, Peanut Butter Cup Pecan Pie

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This is my third bake on the Joe.  The first was a Raspberry Ricotta Cake  (a success), the second was Monday, a very windy and gusty day (a total failure), the third was Tuesday and was a success (almost no wind).  The pecan pie recipe I use is based on one I have messed with from Emeril Legasse's "New New Orleans Cooking".  The crust I use is from a James Beard recipe for Pate Brisee and makes a very short crust.  I normally make this recipe using heavy cream in place of the called for melted butter- this gives a nice butterscotch taste to the filling.  Normally I add 1/2 cup Heath Bar Bits mixed in with the pecan pieces,  those melt into the filling and make a great pecan pie.  My wife bought some Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Trader Joe's and my first thought on tasting one was "Use that in place of the Heath Bar Bits".  So I did.  I put in 6 of the cups, cut in half, and the only thing I would change is to cut the peanut butter cups into 1/4's or even finer so they will mix into the custard a little better.  Served it with whipped cream and some vanilla gelato.  The takeaway lesson from this cook was don't try to bake on the Joe  on a day with high, gusty winds.  You'll be chasing your temps and probably won't be happy with the result.  This one, in calm conditions, came out perfect.   I used the deflector plates, copper Tees and my pizza stone to increase circulation around the glass deep dish pie pan.


I can post the pie recipe (or the crust recipe) if anyone needs a good  "Go-To" pecan pie or crust recipe.

















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On 6/5/2019 at 7:15 PM, GreenScrew said:

By all means, post the recipe!

OK,it will be in two parts.  First, the Pate Brisee tart pastry.  A very short pie crust for sweet or savory:

1-1/3 C all purpose flour

1/4 t salt

1 stick butter (very cold- thawing from frozen) cut into 10 to 12 pieces

1 large egg

1 Tbs heavy cream


Place the flour, salt and butter in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse  about 20 times.  Add the egg and heavy cream and pulse until the mixture comes together, about 20 seconds or so.  If it doesn't form a ball on the blades, add heavy cream 1 tsp and pulse until it does. Turn onto a floured board and knead a bit to make sure the butter is incorporated..  Form a thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1/2 hr.  Roll out the dough on a floured board and use your rolling pin to roll up your dough and line your pan (dough can be fragile if rolled thin).  This is enough for a deep dish 9" pie pan.

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2 hours ago, CentralTexBBQ said:

I grew up on biscuits and Karo syrup. Just seeing the bottle, the taste came back into my mouth. Nice cook, another geat dessert I can't have.

Why not?  This is a "Once-a-Year" recipe.

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On 6/5/2019 at 7:15 PM, GreenScrew said:

By all means, post the recipe!

OK, the pie. This is my "Go To" recipe for pecan pie.  At the end I will add what I changed for the Challenge.

Go to Butterscotch Pecan Pie



4 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 t salt

1-1/2 c dark corn syrup

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 t vanilla extract

2 c pecan pieces

1/2 c Heath Bar Bits


Preheat oven or Kamado and baking setup to 350.  (Don't do this on a windy/gusty day)

Prepare your pie dough

Beat the eggs with the sugar and salt.  Add corn syrup. cream and vanilla and whisk until mixture is frothy (hand mixer, if you have one)

Spread the pecans on the bottom of your pie crust, mix in the Heath Bar bits and pour in the filling.

Bake until firm, about 1-1/4 hours.  Baking setups differ.  Toothpick tester recommended.


For the challenge I substituted 6 Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for the Heath Bar Bits.  I still like the original recipe for my "Go To" but I'm going to refine the peanut butter cup option.

Have fun with this next Thanksgiving.



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18 hours ago, daninpd said:

Why not?  This is a "Once-a-Year" recipe.


Good question. Over the course of the years, I've enjoyed too many 'once a year' recipes two or more times a week. In my home town we had a phrase, "He's a great big 'un". I qualify and am desperately trying to get down to a "lil bity 'un". :-D

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6 minutes ago, CentralTexBBQ said:


 I am trying to get down to a "lil bity 'un". :-D

I totally understand.  I went on VA health care about 12 years ago and realized that years of "health insurance" didn't actually include "health care".  

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