Chocolate-Maple Pecan Pie

This serious pie calls for a homemade chocolate crust and artfully arranged pecans--plus a finishing touch of cocoa whipped cream.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr (plus cooling)
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

For the Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 tablespoons vodka

2 tablespoons ice water, if needed

For the Filling:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg, at room temperature

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 cups pecans

For the Topping:

1 cup cold heavy cream

2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

1 tablespoon sugar

Directions

  1. Make the crust: Pulse the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a food processor. Pulse in 3 tablespoons butter until the mixture looks like cornmeal. Add the remaining 5 tablespoons butter and pulse into pea-size pieces. Pulse in the vodka until the dough clumps together but is still crumbly. If the dough is too dry, mix in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn out the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap; shape into a disk and wrap. Refrigerate until very firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch round. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Fold the overhanging dough under itself and crimp the edges. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the crust with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until the crust looks dry around the edges, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake until dry all over, 10 to 15 more minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.
  4. Make the filling: Whisk the melted butter, egg, flour and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in the maple syrup and heavy cream. Pour into the cooled crust and top with the pecans in a decorative pattern. 
  5. Carefully cover the edges of the crust with foil. Bake until the filling is set, 55 to 65 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 3 hours.