CRANBERRY CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE — Fresh cranberries, dark chocolate and pecans come together in this decadent holiday pie.
If you love pecan pie, and even if you don’t, you’re going to love this Cranberry Chocolate Pecan Pie. Trust me, pecan pie haters, my husband is one of you, and he loved this pie!
I think the reason he liked this pie, despite not being a fan of traditional pecan pie, is that the chocolate and cranberries are really the stars of the show here.
Every once in a while, you taste a pecan, but mostly it’s rich, decadent chocolate and tangy cranberries. The balance of sweet and tart is just perfect.
Believe me, chocolate and cranberries are a match made in heaven! Although, to be fair, I’d say that about just about anything paired with chocolate. Not only does this pie look beautiful, and so festive, it slices beautifully too.
And if you’ll be serving it for the holidays, it can be made several days in advance. As far as I’m concerned, make-ahead recipes are a must for holiday dinners!
You do need to bake the crust for this pie for about 10 minutes before you add the filling and finish baking.
Just make sure you put some pie weights, or do what I did. Line your unbaked crust with parchment paper or foil, then fill it with uncooked rice or dry beans.
If you don’t weight down your crust, the sides will slide right down to the bottom of the pie pan. Take it from someone with experience!
Fresh cranberries should be widely available in stores by now, and it’s always a good idea to buy a few extra bags and stick them in your freezer. They’re very seasonal, but I love cooking and baking with them all year long.
My husband wasn’t the only one who loved this pie. My boys and I did too, and we all agreed that it should make an appearance on both our Thanksgiving and Christmas menus.
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TIPS FOR MAKING THE PERFECT PIE CRUST:
- Make sure your butter and water are very cold. I add a some ice to my water, and cut my butter in small pieces and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes before I start making my crust
- For the flakiest crust, once you’ve cut in your butter, finish mixing your pie crust by hand.
- Most pie crust recipes have you refrigerate the dough before rolling, but I find the cold dough is so hard to roll out. I prefer to roll my crust immediately after mixing, then place the crust in a pie pan and chill it. Whichever method you use, don’t skip the chilling step!
- Use a pie crust shield if you’re crust will be in the oven longer than 20 minutes. Otherwise you’ll end up with burnt edges on your pie. I usually remove the shield when my pie has about 15 minutes left to bake so the edges can get nice and golden.
- If you’ll be baking your crust and filling it later (such as for a cream pie), poke the dough all over with a fork before baking. It’s also a good idea to use pie weights or something similar to keep your crust from sliding down the sides of the pie pan. You don’t need anything fancy. I just line my crust with parchment paper and fill it with dried beans.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Cranberry Chocolate Pecan Pie
- Pie crust
- Chocolate chips
Cranberry Chocolate Pecan Pie
Fresh cranberries, dark chocolate and pecans come together in this decadent holiday pie.
- Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Transfer to a 9 inch pie plate. Trim pastry about 1/2 inch beyond rim of plate and flute edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes while oven preheats to 450 degrees.
- Prick the crust all over with the tines of a fork, then line with a double thickness of foil, or parchment paper. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until edges are light golden brown. Remove crust to a wire rack and remove the foil and weights. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and melted butter until well blended. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
- Stir in the pecans, cranberries and chocolate chips. Pour into crust.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until top is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool to room temperature before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 523Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 4gSugar: 39gProtein: 6g
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