I can’t get enough of this amazing chocolate chunk pecan pie! My mom makes it every holiday and it’s one of the things I look forward to most. It’s the best chocolate pecan pie recipe ever. It’s bursting with pecans and chocolate and every mouthful will make you say yummmm!! If a gooey pecan and chocolate dessert sounds good to you, try this pie for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s a bit like Cracker Barrel pecan pie, but even better because it’s homemade with love!
This pie is a bit decadent, and a small slice is probably enough. If you are like me, it won’t be the holiday season without this amazing chocoalte pecan dessert.
What I Love About Pecans
I love all nuts but pecans have a special place in my heart. It’s why I love this chocolate chunk pecan pie so much. Anyway, about 80% of pecans come from the US where the trees are native. Did you know there are more than 600,000 pecan trees in Albany, Georgia? Or that pecans are rich in vitamins, healthy fats, antioxidants, and minerals?
The quantity of nuts produced alternates every year. The pecan tree produces a light harvest one year and a heavy one the next!
Best Chocolate Pecan Pie Ingredients
So are you thinking about making this chocolate chunk pecan pie? If so, you will be curious what goes into it. You need a piecrust for this gooey pecan and chocolate dessert. I recommend Martha Stewart’s pate brisee if you want to prepare your own. Otherwise, you can use another recipe or even buy a pie crust or the readymade dough to simply roll out.
You also need eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla, salt, chocolate, and of course the pecans!
How to Make Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie
So first of all you need to make the crust. The pecans and chocolate chunks go into the base of the crust and then you can pour an egg, corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt mixture on top. Bake the gooey pecan and chocolate dessert for 45 minutes (or longer if needed) then let it full cool before refrigerating.
You will be in heaven when you smell this incredible pie baking in the oven. And just wait until you taste it! Whether you make this wonderful pie for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you will love it. See if you notice how much it is like Cracker Barrel pecan pie!
You can make this pie ahead because it needs to cool down and be refrigerated before serving anyway. So if you’re making a bunch of different things, make this first and then pop it in the refrigerator. You could even make it a day or two ahead without sacrificing any flavour or texture. Keep it refrigerated though.
How to Ensure this Pie is Perfect
So how do you make the very best chocolate pecan pie? Well, first of all you should use the best ingredients. That means a pie crust dough recipe you are familiar with or else store-bought pastry. Use butter not margarine and good quality chocolate. Either dark or semisweet would work in this pie for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Feel free to adjust the amount of pecans and/or chocolate when making this. It will still be like Cracker Barrel pecan pie. However making your own means that you can adjust the quantities. If you are a lover or pecans throw in some extra. The same applies to the chocolate. You can also use less if you prefer. Or combine two kinds of chocolate in the one pie.
How to Store Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie
You will want to ensure this gooey pecan and chocolate dessert stays fresh as long as it can. Like Cracker Barrel pecan pie it contains egg, meaning it should be refrigerated. This pie should keep for up to 4 days.
Make sure it’s tightly wrapped in foil or plastic wrap. Not letting air get in there can stop the crust from getting soggy although it will get a little soggy after a few days.
If you want to keep it for longer, you should freeze it. Once the pie is at room temperature or colder, wrap it with foil or plastic wrap. Now you can wrap it either whole or in slices, as you choose. I always double-wrap mine to avoid freezer burn.
Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You might like to warm it back up in the oven. It should take about 20 minutes at 275 degrees F.
Enjoy this chocolate chunk pecan pie as it is, or serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s also great with whipped cream on the side. If you are a fan of pecans, maybe these delicious pecan pie bars, too!
Facts about Pecans
- Pecan trees are native to North America and over 80% of the world’s pecan crop comes from the USA.
- The pecan capital of the world is in Albany, Georgia, which has more than 600,000 pecan trees.
- Pecans are among the most nutritious of all nuts. There are 691 calories in 100 grams of pecans. The pecan is heart healthy and contains antioxidants, 19 vitamins and minerals and healthy fat.
- Pecan trees produce nuts on alternate bearing years. They produce one year heavy and one year light. Who knew?!?
- The pecan pie was created by French people who settled in New Orleans.
Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie Recipe
Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie
- Make pie crust, roll out, place in pie plate. Trim and crimp edge.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, salt and vanilla extract in medium bowl with a wire whisk.
- Place pecans and chocolate over bottom of pie crust.
- Pour mixture into pie shell.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Cook time will vary based on size of pie dish used. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours & refrigerate until serving time.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you make this chocolate chunk pecan pie recipe. I am told that it just like the Cracker Barrel chocolate pecan pie recipe. If you aren’t a fan of chocolate, feel free to omit it or reduce the amount of chocolate. However, I think you will love this recipe!
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