Bourbon Pecan Pie, made with just a touch of bourbon, molasses, and butter with the flakiest homemade pie dough is a favorite anytime of year! I made this Bourbon Pecan Pie without corn syrup – but it tastes as fabulous, if not better than the traditional! For a vegan version of this pie check out my Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie. [ see VIDEO in recipe card ]
Oh, it’s been one of those weeks. I’m not sure if it’s the change in season, the stormy weather or if it’s just been a long year. I just seem to be running in circles, not accomplishing what I’ve set out to do. Do you know what I mean?
One thing I have going for me is this Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe. Finally, something worked!
Ingredients You’ll Need for this Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe
Most pecan pie recipes use corn syrup to sweeten and thicken it. I’ve made this pecan pie without corn syrup in favor of brown rice syrup, but it tastes just as fabulous as the most traditional versions out there!
- One, 9 1/2″ Blind Baked Pie Crust
- Brown Rice Syrup
- Light Brown Sugar
- Unsalted Butter
- Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract
- Pecan Halves
The bourbon is bold, but not overwhelming. I like to whip out the booze during the holiday season, both in baking and in drinking, especially Bourbon; one of my favorite libations to bake with.
My love of pecan pie runs deep. Growing up, it was always on the holiday table, without the bourbon of course. Ma used to serve it with whip cream. Us kids, all four of us, would haggle over the leftovers. It was always over the top sweet. We loved it.
Tips and Variations
- As an adult, I find pecan pie usually to be overly sweet because of the corn syrup and added sugar. In this bourbon pecan pie, I’ve left out the corn syrup in favor of brown rice syrup and use brown sugar in place of white with a bit less of it than in some recipes I’ve seen. I prefer brown rice syrup over corn, given the issues surrounding GMOs.
- Bourbon Pecan Pie is best made one day ahead of serving so the rich, custard filling has time to cool and set. Be ready with a homemade All Butter Buttermilk Pie Dough, which can be made in advance of whippin’ up this boozy treat. Gently reheat the pie and serve it with sweetened vanilla bean whip cream or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for a melty, texturally tantalizing experience!
Quick Guide: How to Make Bourbon Pecan Pie
Make this Southern pecan pie at least one day in advance so the custard has time to cool and set. Then for serving, gently reheat the pie and serve with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream! In summary, here’s how to make it (see recipe card for details):
- First, have ready a blind baked pie crust with extra dough for leaf cutouts.
- Second, make the syrup. On medium-low heat, mix the brown rice syrup and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, molasses, bourbon, and vanilla. Let this mixture cool to room temperature.
- Third, toast the pecan halves, then arrange the pecans, tops up, in the bottom of the pie.
- Next, once the brown rice syrup mixture has come to room temp, whisk in the eggs. Gently pour the sugar-egg mixture over the pecans.
- Last, bake the pie for 45-50 minutes, turning 1/2 way through the baking. You can tell when it’s done when the center is just set but still slightly soft.
Remove the pie from the oven and cool overnight so the custard has time to set.
A Few Recipe Notes
- The pie crust can be made up to two days in advance and refrigerated or up to a month in advance and frozen.
- The Bourbon: I’ve received a few notes regarding the strength of Bourbon flavor in the finished pie. If desired, sub 1/2 or all apple cider or apple juice for the Bourbon.
- The pie itself needs to be made at least one day in advance so the custard has time to cool and set.
- PRO TIP: Any leftover pie dough is perfect for making leaves or other shapes to lay on the edges of your pie.
- If having trouble finding Brown Rice Syrup, several makers of my Bourbon Pecan Pie left comments about what they used instead. Here are a few of their notes:
- Annie said: ” I used agave syrup and it turned out fine. A lovely fragrant pie!”
- Charlotte said: “I substituted the brown rice syrup for 3/4 C honey and 1/4 C maple syrup. This worked perfectly for my pie.”
- Kristin said: “I substituted with Corn Syrup and Vanilla Extract.”
More Holiday Pie Recipes to Love
- Apple Dumplings with Brown Sugar Cranberry Butter
- Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Pies
- Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie
- All Butter Buttermilk Homemade Pie Dough
- Homemade Vegan Coconut Oil Pie Dough
Related: For a mini version of this pie, see Mini Pecan Pies!
Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe
- In a small sauce-pot on medium low heat mix the brown rice syrup and sugar. As the mixture starts to bubble around the edges, whisk so that the sugar dissolves. Do not let this mixture come to a boil. Remove from heat and add the butter, molasses, bourbon and vanilla. Whisk to mix. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 325F (163C). Toast the pecan halves for about 10-12 minutes until lightly toasted. They'll toast further as the pie bakes.
- Arrange the pecans in the bottom of the pie, in an even layer with tops up.
- Once the brown rice syrup mixture has come to room temperature, add the eggs and whisk until ingredients come together. Gently, pour the sugar-egg mixture over the pecans.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes turning 1/2 way through baking. It's done when the center is just set but still slightly soft. If the crust starts to get dark, place a crust protector over the top of the pie or use foil to cover the edges.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool overnight so that the custard has time to set. Cover when completely cool and store at room temperature for up to three days.
- Cutting this pie can be tricky because it has a soft set. Use a sharp knife and firm pressure when cutting. Dipping your knife in hot water and wiping it dry before cutting will help make a clean edge.
- To reheat for service with ice cream, place in a 325F oven for about 8 minutes.