Raphael Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies 2020 by taffy

Raphael Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies 2020

Just for fun...here are the pies from across the U.S. (6 locations, 4 time zones, literally coast to coast). Family members/families: 2 siblings, 2 nephews, 1 niece (along with their spouses/boy&girl friends.

Main post explaining it: https://365project.org/taffy/365/2020-11-26

Recipe adapted from Silver Palette:
Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pie

Pie Shell

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
scant 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup solid white vegetable shortening

In food processor with steel blade, combine flour and salt. Process a few seconds to blend. Sprinkle butter and shortening over flour. Process in off/on pulses until fat is cut into flour and mixture resembles coarse meal. Operating in off/on pulses, add 1 1/2 tbsp cold water through feed tube, until liquid is evenly incorporated, and particles begin to hold together. If mixture is crumbly, sprinkle over more water a tsp at a time using on/off pulses until mixture holds together. Press pastry into a ball. Knead lightly if needed. Roll between 2 sheets of wax paper into a 12 oz round of even thickness, checking underside of dough frequently and smoothing wrinkles that form. Refrigerate dough on large tray or baking sheet for 25 to 30 minutes.

Let dough soften at room temperature for several minutes. Peel off one sheet of paper, turn dough over and put into pie place and shaping into a nice-looking pie shell, removing other piece of wax paper. Cover loosely and refrigerate from 30 minutes up to 8 hours.

Filling:

5 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups pecan halves (about 5 oz)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Position rack in center of the oven and preheat 375°. Bring butter just to a simmer in a medium-sized heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue simmering 1 to 2 minutes longer, stirring until butter solids turn light brown. immediately remove from burner. Pour about half of butter into a heat proof cup and reserve. Stir corn syrup, sugar, salt, and vanilla into butter in pan until well blended and smooth. Beat eggs into mixture using a fork.

Spread pecans, then half of chocolate chips in pastry shell. Slowly pour egg mixture over top. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over top. Drizzle reserved browned butter over surface. Bake 35 to 40 minutes until cooled. Store, refrigerated, up to 5 days. Serve at room temperature or slightly cool, with dollops of whipped cream for garnish if desired.
Sounds good and moreish and look great - thanks for the recipe I shall try it one of the days - must buy the pecan nuts 1st !! :)
November 26th, 2020  
these pies have distinct personalities, though made from the same stuff... just like families!
November 26th, 2020  
They look delicious.
November 26th, 2020  
That shortcrust recipe sounds good - have to get some lard though. One mouthful - 2 hours running to run the calories off! I don't dare - can't run much nowadays!
November 26th, 2020  
This really made me smile 😎 Would like to get my spoon and taste them all, yum!
November 26th, 2020  
Yummy!
November 26th, 2020  
So good to see these traditional pecan pies. I’ve never tasted one...thanks for the recipe. I love reading the way your recipes differ in describing the ingredients....we don’t tend to use cups as measuring & I love ‘a stick of cold unsalted butter’.
November 26th, 2020  
😋😛😜
November 26th, 2020  
@happypat I have a kitchen scale and find your recipes SO much more accurate, using weight for dry ingredients. Especially for breads. Hadn't thought of 'sticks' as being odd -- it's what we always call them, so that was fun to read.
November 26th, 2020  
@happypat @taffy thanks for the recipe Taffy I would like to try it. Pat your comments made me laugh as Louise @weezilou sends me recipes and I Often have to ask for translations! By the way what is corn syrup? Is it like our golden syrup I wonder? I will have to Google it! 🤣🤣🤣
November 26th, 2020  
holy pecan pies! that's a lot of pecan pies. and now i have a craving for it.
November 26th, 2020  
They look so yummy!
November 27th, 2020  
I used to love pecan pie but can't eat them anymore on my Low-Residue diet
November 27th, 2020  
What a fun assortment of family-made pies! We also had a chocolate pecan pie tonight, made by my sister-in-law. Not sure what recipe she uses but I’d love to try yours sometime. Hope you had a great holiday, all be it different from other years.
November 27th, 2020  
They all look delicious. We had pumpkin pie today.
November 27th, 2020  
Will have to try it
November 27th, 2020  
@pamknowler Corn syrup is thicker than regular maple syrup, so I don't know if you can substitute or not. I'd check out other recipes and see if this is an ingredient with a different name in the UK. It's thick, clear, and sweet.
November 27th, 2020  
Talented family members. I like pecan pie, but not too much. Very sweet.
November 27th, 2020  
Fabulous looking pies! What a fun evening that must been in these difficult times.
November 27th, 2020  
sounds yummy, I should git it a try.
November 27th, 2020  
Yum!!!!
November 27th, 2020  
They all look so good
November 27th, 2020  
These certainly look delicious, I’d like a slice of each please
November 27th, 2020  
Oh my goodness. One of each, please!
November 27th, 2020  
@taffy Sounds like your corn syrup is much like our regular syrup in a tin....we just call it syrup. Nz tend to use cup measurements so I do have a set of plastic cup measures which are very handy. I have enough trouble converting from imperial measures to metric! @pamknowler
November 27th, 2020  
Sweet! I bet they were yummy.
November 27th, 2020  
@happypat @pamknowler I think here it's corn syrup to distinguish it from maple syrup which we'd put on pancakes or waffles. And we have both 'light' and 'dark' corn syrup. I used light in this recipe but really don't know what the difference would be between them.
November 27th, 2020  
Thanks for the explanation above. that would have been my question as well! They all look delicious
November 27th, 2020  
@taffy I googled it and it said use our golden syrup as a substitute . @happypat
November 27th, 2020  
Delicious
November 27th, 2020  
What a fabulous tradition and connection. Wish we’d thought of it...zoomed but no shared food
November 28th, 2020  
@jgpittenger We've done it twice now and it's really worked well. It creates a text chain as we're baking too, an added bonus. We plan a December one to celebrate a number of birthdays.
November 28th, 2020  
Amazing collection. The great thing is that all were doing the same activities at the same time. This is how it connects despite the distance.
November 28th, 2020  
What a wonderful family event for these times. And it's fascinating how different they all looked - coming from the same recipe. I think it might have been interesting to hear the family banter when they were all displayed. :)
November 28th, 2020  
I love this. What a great idea. Every pie looks perfect. I will have to add chocolate chips to mine the next time I make it.
November 28th, 2020  
I just might try this but oh the calories..... the one looks like a big tart.. maybe little tart pies so I could share with neighbors would solve calorie problem :-)
November 30th, 2020  
@lesip It will work well in smaller tarts -- great idea and easier than sharing slices!
November 30th, 2020  
Oh - my favorite pie! But I've never had it with chocolate chips. Do you remember that Bill ordered his pecans from some place in Georgia, and that he lined up the pecans in a pattern on the BOTTOM as well as on the top (I used to ask him why the bottom ones had to be in a pattern since nobody could see it).
December 3rd, 2020  
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