It’s almost Thanksgiving! That means an abundance of good food, good wine, and, in the case of my family, slightly testy socio-political conversations. Usually started by yours truly! =]
Table-chatter aside, my favorite part of any holiday is the dessert spread. But I have a very small family – we fit around just one, normal-sizied dining room table! So it’s hard to make a variety of treats without having leftovers until Christmas.
So… introducing a brandied pumpkin and pecan pie with a pecan shortbread crust. This is a Thanksgiving pie mash-up that will end all pie dilemmas. It has a bit of everything. Even throw in some chocolate if you like. And it is SO EASY!
First, make the crust. Measure out your ingredients. In a food processor, pulse the pecans until they are completely ground up. Scoop out 1/2 cup of the ground pecans, and reserve them for later. Next, add your flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse to mix. Finally, cut up your chilled butter into small chunks and add to the processor. Mix until you have a dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
Take a break while the chilling happens – this is a good time to work on another part of the dinner! Or sample a Thanksgiving cocktail (check back soon for a recipe!) When the dough only has about ten minutes left, prepare the fillings (it really is that quick). Add all of the ingredients for the pumpkin filling into a large mixing bowl. Whisk until combined.
Now, add all of the ingredients for the pecan filling EXCEPT the pecans to a different large mixing bowl, and whisk until combined.
Time to preheat! Set your oven to 300°F. Once the crust is thoroughly chilled, roll it out and press it into the bottom of a deep-dish pie plate. Spread the pumpkin filling into the bottom. Dust the top with the crushed pecans that you reserved before.
Then, add the whole (or chopped, whatever you prefer) pecans to the top of the crushed ones. Carefully pour the pecan filling on top.
Ready to bake! Bake at 300°F for an hour and half, or until the middle appears set and jiggles only slightly.