Port and Chocolate Pecan Pie

Port and Chocolate Pecan Pie
Staff Writer

Courtesy of Chef Edy

The Port and Chocolate Pecan Pie.

The recipe was created by Eddy Van Damme, author and pastry chef in Houston; you can pair the pie with Taylor Fladgate 10-year-old or 20-year-old tawnies. Click here to find more port and Thanksgiving pairings. 
 

Ingredients

For the pie shell

  • 9-inch pie shell, deep dish
  • egg white

For the filling

  • large eggs
  • 3/4  Cups  cup Taylor Fladgate 10-year-old tawny port
  • 1 3/4  Cup  well-packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2  Teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 8  Ounces  pecan halves (about 2 cups)
  • 2  Ounces  premium chocolate (about 60 percent cocoa mass), in chip-size pieces

Directions

For the pie shell

Pre-bake pie shell: preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut a round piece of parchment paper about one inch wider than the circumference of the pie. Cut 1-inch-deep strips along the entire edge of the parchment circle. Place into pie shell and fill with pie weights or dried beans.

Place in oven and bake until edges are light golden. Remove from oven and remove parchment. Prick holes with a fork on bottom and sides of crust and return to oven. Keep an eye on crust to ensure no bubbles will form on crust. If bubbles form, prick with a fork. Remove from oven when golden.

Brush bottom and sides of crust with egg white. Return to oven for a few minutes or until egg white has set. Reduce oven to 325 degrees.
 

For the filling

Whisk eggs and port until smooth. Add brown sugar and salt and combine well. Add melted butter and vanilla.

Place pecan halves and chocolate (not melted) into pie shell. Pour filling into the shell, covering pecans; pecans will float to the surface.

Place in oven and bake until center of pie no longer trembles and is set, about 35-40 minutes.

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
58mg
19%
Carbohydrate, by difference
22g
17%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
59µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
140mg
14%
Choline, total
39mg
9%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
25µg
6%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
26mg
8%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
196mg
28%
Selenium, Se
22µg
40%
Sodium, Na
705mg
47%
Water
39g
1%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Chocolate Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Chocolate Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.

Chocolate Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.