A holiday treat, this Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie is dairy and egg free with a hint of molasses, maple and a taste of bourbon! | Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rodelle. Thank you for supporting brands that help support Vanilla And Bean. All opinions are my own.
It’s the Holiday Season!
We’re getting down to the wire with Thanksgiving so close. December holidays will be here before we know it. I’m feeling ready…
Ready for a break that is! hehe. How about you?
After making an egg-based Bourbon Pecan Pie, I was asked by Bob, a Vanilla And Bean reader, if anyone had tried making my recipe without eggs. I hadn’t heard from anyone who did, so I got to work on this vegan pecan pie recipe.
Making a Vegan Pecan Pie
First, I started working on the crust. After some trial and error I finally came up with a Coconut Oil Pie Crust that’s flakey and tender. Then I got to work on the filling.
I tried aquafaba in direct replacement of the eggs, but I ended up with a too loose filling. Perhaps I didn’t bake it long enough? I ended up freezing the filling to be used later as an ice cream topping. At some point I’ll go back to the drawing board on aquafaba, but wanted to try something different.
I recalled reading a recipe from The Washington Post, by Joe Yonan, some time ago about vegan pecan pie. Joe uses a roux to thicken his recipe so I thought I’d give it a go! I used coconut oil, flour, and bourbon to make the roux. And this worked, but I boiled the sugar mixture too long upon initial cooking.
I had to go back to my baking books and review sugar cooking temperatures from firm ball to hard crack stage. I ended up with a candy Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie! But at least I was on the right track.
Tweaking the Recipe
After decreasing the flour just a bit, not bringing the filling to a boil on the stovetop, and baking it for just the right amount of time, I finally got the consistency I was after.
What I love about this vegan pecan pie is the richness of the filling. It’s loaded with pecans, a hint of maple and molasses. The bourbon is noticeable but not overwhelming. I also use brown rice syrup instead of the traditionally used corn syrup to avoid GMOs and the over-the-top sweet typical of corn syrup.
Vegan Pecan Pie vs Egg Based Pecan Pie
The texture of this vegan pecan pie recipe is different from an egg-based, custardy pecan pie but still smooth and rich in its own eggless right. And it’s good for me anyway, as someone who is trying to avoid eggs unless they come from the farm down the street.
Rob nor our neighbor is complaining! They’ve devoured most of it, and I’ve had to resist after having WAY too much pecan pie over the past several weeks.
I use Rodelle’s Organic Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, an aromatic and rich vanilla that’s sourced from an association of over 3,000 farmers who collectively make up an employee-owned cooperative. Their vanilla beans and extracts are truly farm-to-table and produce rich, earthy notes that tie the flavors of this pie together beautifully.
Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C), setting the oven rack in the center of the oven. Toast the pecans for about 10-12 minutes or until fragrant. Rough chop and set aside.
- In a medium sauce pot, add the coconut oil and heat until shimmering. Turn the burner down to low and add the flour whisking until a paste forms. Turn the burner off and whisk in the bourbon until smooth. To the flour mixture, add the brown rice syrup, sugar, molasses, maple syrup and extract. Turn the burner back on to medium low and whisk until ingredients are throughly mixed. Continue whisking occasionally until bubbles just start to form around the edges. Remove from heat immediately and add the chopped pecans. Stir, then pour the mixture into the blind (par) baked pie crust and spread it evenly.
- Brush the edges of the crust with nut milk and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. When done, the crust will be golden-brown and the pie will bubbly, loose and not set. Allow to set over night to firm up before decorating with pie dough cut outs* and/or cutting into the pie.
- To cut into the pie, spray a sharp knife with pan spray. Using firm pressure, cut into the pie, wiping the knife off each time to clean it before cutting again. Rewarm individual slices for about 3-4 minutes in a 325F (163C) oven. It will melt if over-heated.
- Serve with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate drizzle.
- Store the pie covered, at room temperature for up to three days. Some of the sugar will leak out a bit as it sets, but it can be scraped up with a spoon easily when slightly warmed.