Let the holiday games officially begin! Now that Halloween has passed the race to the end of the year is here with shopping, holidays, parties, cooking and more! I try to take it one day at a time though and focus just on one thing if I can to keep my sanity in check.
This year my focus is all on Thanksgiving. It’s always a big to-do with my family, our immediate family alone ranges from 16-18 people depending on who’s making it to dinner but we’ve got milestone birthdays and a family event that weekend so for the first time in years the entire extended family is in town.
This means, aunts, uncles, cousins and more will be squeezing into my brother’s Manhattan apartment to chow down. I’m not mentally prepared to think about how much food we need to cook or how long it’s even going to take.
The bird might take center stage on Thanksgiving but I still think dessert needs to shine just as strongly. After all it is the last bite of the night and the one that will linger far longer than the same turkey recipe year after year.
I always feel like you can experiment a little more when it comes to the dessert table versus family favorites. Case in point, the failed apple strudel my brother tried to make last year. This time around I’m sticking with tried and true flavors but put together in a new light. Come on over and meet your new favorite pie of the season — Bourbon Brownie Pumpkin Pie.
This pie has everything you are looking for in a holiday dessert. It has chocolate, it has pumpkin, it has an ooey gooey saucey topping and just a little bit of booze to get through family drama. I’ve personally always found pies to be too fussy to make, you have to make the dough, then chill it, shape it, chill it, bake it and that’s all before the filling.
This pie has none of it! The brownie is the crust here and the only fuss is having to take the pie out halfway through in order to add in the pumpkin pie filling. We have no dicing and all the mixing is done by hand. Really? What’s not to love about this pie?
My only word of caution is to please, please use a deep dish pie plate, there’s a lot of pie to go around and you most certainly don’t want to make my mistake of overfilling your pie. Only have standard pie plates around? Well that’s okay, just make two pies!
Bourbon Brownie Pumpkin Pie Recipe
- 12 Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- 0.5 Unsalted Butter
- 0.75 Unrefined Cane Sugar
- 0.5 Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 Egg Room temperature
- 0.5 Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 0.5 Salt
- 1 Pumpkin Puree Not pumpkin pie filling
- 1 Heavy Cream
- 1 Egg Room temperature
- 2 Bourbon
- 0.33 Light Brown Sugar Packed
- 1 Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 0.25 Salt
- 0.5 Light Brown Sugar
- 0.25 Pure Maple Syrup
- 4 Unsalted Butter
- 1 Pecan Halves
- 0.25 Heavy Cream
- 1 Bourbon
- 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
- 0.5 Salt