Can You Make a Pecan Pie?

Great idea, I thought. Only one small concern: for some reason, with all the pies I’ve baked, pecan pie was not in my repertoire.

Chocolate pecan pie
Chocolate pecan pie—a winner!

I offered the gift of four fresh-baked pies for a fundraising auction at our church. 

“Choose four different pies throughout the year, or four at once for a party,” I invited. 

A couple I knew bought my pies, and there was even a bidding war! The woman is a well-known chef in town and a cookbook author, and her husband, a man with whom I had served on a committee, is known to have extremely high standards.

Hmm, I thought. This is going to be interesting.

Then came the email, “Dick would die for a pecan pie from you around the holidays.” 

What to do? 

Fortunately Thanksgiving was coming up, so in addition to my usual pair of pumpkin pies, I decided to do a pecan pie. 

I compared several recipes and adapted one that sounded good to me. It was a great hit at Thanksgiving, so I breathed a sigh of relief and prepared to make Dick his pie. 

Next email “How about a pecan pie with some chocolate?” 

Back to the drawing board! 

But being a big fan of chocolate myself, I had no problem adjusting the recipe to include chocolate. Did he like it? 

Check back after Christmas and I’ll let you know! 

The post-Christmas report:

The Christmas chocolate pecan pie broke all previous indoor and outdoor records. What a gustatory dream! What a piemaker!” said everyone who tasted it.


Pecan Pie Recipe

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe