Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie

Sixth day of Savannah Christmas recipes rolls on with our second week of holiday goodness provided by some of your favorite eateries in town.  Last week we shared some Savory grits, Leopold’s Fudge Sauce, Caesar Crusted Tenderloin and more.  This week starts us off with something sweet.  Hey, why not?  It’s the holidays, right?  LuLu’s Chocolate Bar is a unique concept in Savannah.  Homemade desserts and sweet cocktails.  Owners Rebecca Freeman (the baker) and Janine Finn (the bookeeper) have been a perfect match almost since day one.  Lulu’s is a favorite of mine as well.  They were featured in our very first episode of Eat It and Like It.  Chocolate.   Here is one of Rebecca’s treats….Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie.

Lulu's has become a Savannah institution.

Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie

Preheat oven to 350 F

Shortbread crust:

4 oz butter, melted

¼ c sugar

1/8 t salt

¾ t vanilla

1 c flour

Mix together butter, sugar, salt and vanilla. Add flour and mix until blended. Press into bottom and up sides of fluted tart pan with removeable bottom.

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes and then reshape. While cooling, make the filling:

Filling: 4 oz butter

1 T bourbon

2 oz bittersweet chocolate

1 t vanilla

1 c sugar

¼ t salt

2 eggs

1 c pecans, toasted and chopped

Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler, stirring frequently, set aside.

Whisk eggs and sugar together, then chocolate mixture, bourbon, vanilla and salt. Stir in pecans.

Pour into prepared crust and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until set.

During the week, besides catching me on the nightly news, I participate in countless fundraisers and community events that take place in and around Savannah. On the weekend you’ll likely find me either tinkering with a new recipe or exploring something or somewhere with my family. During football season, you’ll find me parked in front of a TV-glass of red wine in hand-cheering on my Miami Dolphins or Hurricanes.

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