RIDGEWOOD, NJ - NOVEMBER 17:  Ree Drummond promotes the books "Charlie and The Christmas Kitty" and "The Pioneer Woman Cooks" at Bookends Bookstore on November 17, 2012 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
Ree Drummond's Pecan Pie Has Bourbon In
Every Step
By Arianna Endicott
Ree Drummond, often referred to as "The Pioneer Woman," host of the Food Network show of the same name, has no shortage of festive baking knowledge. A clip from one of her "Pioneer Woman" episodes posted on Food Network’s Twitter page shows that she achieves the best-tasting pecan pie by adding bourbon to every single part of it.
She adds a quarter cup of bourbon to the filling of the pie, saying she limits herself to that amount because any more could affect the baking of the pie. While her recipe calls for a few tablespoons of cold water to combine the crust, she swaps in a tablespoon of bourbon instead and finally tops off the pie slices with her homemade bourbon-infused whipped cream.
Using bourbon could actually bring out the flavors of the pecan pie, as the slightly spicy, nutty, oaky notes of the alcohol complement the vanilla and caramel flavors of the pie. Just ensure that you’re using a good drinking bourbon so that you get the best flavors in your food.