This recipe adds a bit of natural sweetness to the Southern classic. I always feel that pecan pie never has enough pecans so I filled this one to the brim! Guaranteed to be a hit for Thanksgiving, you might have to make two. By Nikki Scott for Food Network Kitchen.
For the pie: Place the pie dough in a 9-inch pie dish and press it against the dish to remove any air pockets. Crimp the edges, as desired, and set aside.
Beat the eggs with the brown sugar in a medium bowl until the mixture begins to foam slightly. Whisk in the corn syrup, honey, melted butter, whiskey, vanilla and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in the chopped pecans. Carefully pour into the prepared pie dish. Bake for 30 minutes
For the topping: Combine the brown sugar with the honey and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the whole pecans, coating them evenly. Gently spoon the coated pecans over the pie and drizzle with any remaining syrup. Bake the pie until risen a bit and the pecans on top are crisp and caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature before serving.
If you don't want to buy a whole bottle of honey whiskey, you can usually find nips (mini bottles) at the liquor store. Or substitute bourbon.
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