Sometimes you just don't want to serve the same typical desserts at your holiday table, yet you still crave those classic fall flavours. Pecan pie is my favourite holiday dessert and I have changed things up this year by giving traditional pecan pie a twist and using finely (or coarsely) chopped pecans instead of pecan halves to create a smooth crispy topping on what I like to now call, chopped pecan pie!
Let's be honest, Thanksgiving is all about the food, dessert included. So you have to do things right. In the past, I would buy all my holiday desserts from the grocery store. It was quick and easy, but it came at a price. Somehow the flavours of store-bought pies just weren't as intense and irresistible as homemade. It's got to be the love that you pour into homemade baking.
Each bite of this chopped pecan pie is like heaven in your mouth. I mean, how can it not? You have got all the amazing flavours of traditional pecan pie in that pie crust, smooth custard filling and pecan topping (with a slightly different texture). Plus, when using chopped pecans instead of pecan halves you end up with less of a mess on your plate after your fork has broken into the pie.
Another amazing thing is that this pie is ridiculously easy to make. You prepare the pie crust, prepare the pie filling, put them together and bake. The entire preparation process takes less than 20 minutes which gives you time to do the other hundred items on your to do list during the busy holiday season.
So basically it's time to change things up this Thanksgiving and say good bye to store-bought pies and hello to irresistible homemade!