You used to be able to order Kentucky Pie from Alexander’s Restaurant in Saskatoon but they haven’t sold it in years. This is my go-to recipe when I feel the desire to have some.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
- 2 to 3 tablespoons cold water
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons bourbon, if desired
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup pecan halves or broken pecans
- 1 bag (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
- In medium bowl, mix flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
- Gather pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.
- Heat oven to 375°F. With floured rolling pin, roll pastry into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; flute as desired.
- In large bowl, beat sugar, butter, corn syrup, bourbon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the eggs with wire whisk or hand beater. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Pour into pastry-lined pie plate. Cover edge of pastry with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.
- Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until set, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
Here is something to make your Christmas a little bit cheerier.
- 9 ea Egg yolks
- 3 ea Egg whites
- 1 1/2 c Super fine sugar
- 1 qt Whole milk
- 2 qt Heavy cream
- 1 pt Bourbon
- 8 oz Cognac
- 2 oz Dark rum
- Beat egg yolks until thick and pale yellow. Add sugar to yolks and beat adding milk and 1 quart of heavy cream. Add bourbon, rum and cognac while stirring. Beat the other quart of heavy cream and egg whites separately and fold into the mixture and add nutmeg on top.
- Makes 4 1/2 litres.
There is a time and place (actually many times and places for Buffalo Chicken Wings) but for times when you want something different, check out this recipe with bacon and of course bourbon. It’s amazing.
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
- 3 lb chicken wingettes and drummettes
- 12 slices bacon, cut in half crosswise
Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Heat oven to 425°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with sides with heavy-duty foil; spray with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle pepper over chicken. Wrap each chicken piece with a half slice of bacon.
- Place bacon-wrapped chicken pieces on cookie sheets, bacon end down. Bake uncovered 30 minutes; turn chicken; rotate cookie sheets in oven. Bake 20 to 30 minutes longer or until golden brown and juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (at least 165°F).
- Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, mix Bourbon Sauce ingredients; heat to simmering over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.
- In large bowl, toss chicken with half of the sauce. Serve warm with remaining sauce on the side for dipping.