Fabulously Delicious: Amaretto Soaked Raisin Pecan Pie

Pie. What a glorious thing. I love pecan pie, especially around this time of year! For Thanksgiving, I had it set in my mind that I wanted to make a pecan pie, but I wanted to fancy it up, so I decided to (A) throw in some raisins because raisins are underrated and delicious and (B) throw in some booze because everybody likes a boozy dessert! I found the perfect boozy match to this dessert and you'll be surprised to find that it's NOT bourbon or rum! I used Amaretto because it's a little sweeter and just adds the perfect touch to any holiday dessert! 

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted then cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store bought
  • 3/4 cup Champion Raisins
  • 3 tablespoons Amaretto or Disaronno (By all means, add more if you'd like!)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • pecan halves for decoration (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Soak the raisins in the Amaretto for at least two hours ahead of time. The longer you soak, the stronger the Amaretto taste you'll have in your pie. (Mine soaked for almost four hours.)
  3. Mix the eggs, both sugars, melted butter, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Spray the pie pan with non-stick spray, then place the pie crust into the pie pan and form the edge.
  5. Separate the raisins from the Amaretto. (Fun side note: You can save the extra juice to pour over ice cream or into your coffee!)
  6. Transfer the nuts and soaked raisins into the bottom of the pie pan, right on top of the crust.
  7. Pour the pie mixture on top of both the nuts and Amaretto soaked raisins. 
  8. Place the pie into the preheated oven until it is set, about for 40-45 mins. 
  9. Let cool, then place the pie in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  10.  Dig in and enjoy!

This pie is so darn delicious that it's hard to put the fork down! I recommend serving it up with some whipped cream because why not, it's Thanksgiving!