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    Thanksgiving Recipe

    Recipe for classic pecan pie with bourbon whipped cream

    Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

    Makes one 9-inch pie

    This sweet pie with crispy, buttery pecans and deep vanilla flavor is a mandatory indulgence at the Thanksgiving table. The bourbon whipped cream should be soft and only slightly sweet to complement the pie. The dough is rolled between parchment sheets, which makes it easier.


    cups flour
    2tablespoons granulated sugar
    ¾teaspoon salt
    10tablespoons (1¼ sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cut up
    2tablespoons ice water
    2teaspoons lemon juice
    Extra flour
    (for sprinkling)

    1. Have on hand a 9-inch pie pan and a rimmed baking sheet.


    2. In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt several times. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles crumbs.

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    3. Sprinkle the water and lemon juice on top and pulse 2 times, just until the dough forms large clumps. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary. The dough should not form a ball.

    4. On a lightly floured counter, press the clumps together to form a flat disk. Wrap in foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    5. Cut two sheets of parchment paper, each about 14 inches long. Roll the dough between the sheets to a -inch-thick circle. Peel off the top sheet and invert the dough onto the pie pan. Lift off the paper. Fit the dough into the bottom and sides of the pan. With scissors, trim the dough, leaving a 1-inch overhang at the rim. Fold the excess under itself to make a hem. Crimp or press with the tines of a fork. Refrigerate.


    ½cup dark brown sugar
    1cup dark corn syrup
    3tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    2teaspoons vanilla extract
    teaspoon salt
    cups pecan halves
    1cup heavy cream softly whipped with 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons bourbon, and 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract


    1. Set the oven at 350 degrees.

    2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the pecans. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Set it on the baking sheet.

    3. Bake the pie for 1 hour, or until the filling is set in the middle. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Serve with bourbon whipped cream.

    Sally Pasley Vargas