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American Thanksgiving + The Best Pecan Pie Ever



the best pecan pie ever: bourbon pecan pie // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #thanksgiving #recipe

Last night I celebrated my first American Thanksgiving… in America. Although I celebrated the holiday with American friends during my four years away at school in Scotland, last night was my first-ever, proper American Thanksgiving, taking place in the U.S. itself. I loved being able to experience my boyfriend’s longstanding family rituals, such as pancakes and board games in the morning, and the singing of Albuquerque Turkey during dinnertime.

Since the tasks were delegated among family members, cooking and prep-work weren’t exhausting. We were in charge of all vegetable items—mashed potatoes, roast vegetables, brussel sprouts—while others brought the turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and wine. For dessert, we had three pies: I made this bourbon pecan pie, and cousins Joe and Lynne brought a blackberry and apple pie, as well as a yam and ginger pie. Cousin Joe made the yam and ginger pie for Lewis and I, because my better half has ginger hair and my last name is yam. The pie was meant to be a celebration of what cousin Joe likes to call “our enduring love,” and was a very sweet sentiment.

the best pecan pie ever: bourbon pecan pie // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #pie #dessert #recipe #thanksgiving

the best pecan pie ever: bourbon pecan pie // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #pie #dessert #recipe #thanksgiving

My favourite part of the evening was when we went around the table saying what we were thankful for. We were thankful for many things, but I think, mostly, everyone around the table was thankful for one another. Grandma Sally was thankful for my boyfriend’s sister, Rosie’s, recovery from surgery. Joe thanked his wife Lynne with a sonnet about mammalian and reptilian pettings habits (it is as sweet and funny as you think it is). Lewis was thankful for his family and me. I was thankful for food on my plate, and the people who grew the food. I was also thankful for Lewis and all the wonderful people he has brought into my life, who I now think of as a second family, if not family itself.

the best pecan pie ever: bourbon pecan pie // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #pie #dessert #recipe #thanksgiving

Last night I was reminded of the love and joy that surrounds me, and I was filled with so much gratitude. I am thankful for so much in my life, and as I got ready for bed last night, I felt inspired to start a blog where I would write specifically on mindfulness, gratitude, and happiness. I remembered, however, that I already had a blog, and it was called gratitude and greens. This was the light-bulb moment I was waiting for, the solution to the problem I recently wrote about: my neglect of the ‘gratitude’ aspect of the blog. With that said, my Friday posts will now be Friday, I Am Thankful.

But first, pie. And not just any pie, but the best ever bourbon pecan pie. This was one of the first recipes I posted on my blog, and I am sharing an updated (read: edited and better) version of the last one I posted, the first of many old recipes to be improved upon. This pie is inspired by my friend Jessica’s mom, who first introduced me to this pie two years ago.

the best pecan pie ever: bourbon pecan pie // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #pie #dessert #recipe #thanksgiving

The Best Pecan Pie, Ever: Bourbon Pecan Pie
For a 10-inch pan. I used a cast-iron skillet, which is quite deep. You might have extra filling if you are using a shallow pan.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 eggs
    • Use flax eggs if vegan. 1 flax egg = 1 tablespoon of flax + 3 tablespoons of warm water. Whisk the flax with the warm water and refrigerate for five minutes.
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon or good whiskey
  • 2 tablespoon rye flour
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pie crust

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC/390ºF.
  2. Melt the coconut oil on the stovetop over low heat.
  3. While the coconut oil melts, beat the eggs with the coconut sugar, bourbon, almond milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Allow the coconut oil to cool (but not solidify) before pouring it into the pie filling to prevent cooking the eggs. This will take just 5-10 minutes.
  5. Pour the coconut oil in, and mix. Add the flour and sea salt.
  6. Add the pecans and give the pie filling a good stir.
  7. Spread your pie crust over the cast iron skillet or pie dish you are using.
  8. Pour the filling into the crust.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. The pecans should be crisp and caramelized, and the centre should be set.
  10. Let the pie cool before eating.

Enjoy!

I’d love to know: what are you most grateful for? Did you celebrate American Thanksgiving? What’s your favourite pie? Let me know in the comments below! 

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

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more pie recipes:
vegan pumpkin cream pie with coconut pecan crust by salted plains
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42 Comments

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 28, 2014

    The pie is beautiful! Happy first real official perfect American T-Day! Haha ;) XOXOXOXO

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  2. Natalia
    November 28, 2014

    This is one of the most beautiful posts about Thanksgiving I have read this year, Gene! Loved it!
    Thanks for this beautiful recipe!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Natalia! I had such a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hope you had a lovely weekend :)

      Reply
  3. Tessa | Salted Plains
    November 28, 2014

    Happy first Thanksgiving in the US! This pie sounds delicious! I really love your idea for doing a weekly “I Am Thankful” series. Thanks so much for including my pumpkin cream pie link!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Tessa! And no problem, your pumpkin cream pie sounds delicious!

      Reply
  4. Joyce @ My Stay At Home Adventures
    November 29, 2014

    This is insane good! Happy belated Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Joyce! I hope you had a Thanksgiving, too!

      Reply
  5. Amanda Paa
    November 29, 2014

    aw, your first American Thanksgiving, fun! we go around the table and say everything we are grateful for as well and i just love that. it’s such a good reminder of the big and small things. this pie sounds fabulous! and i’ve made that same coconut oil crust before – so wonderful. can’t imagine how good it is with this filling!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Amanda! The coconut oil crust is SO good, isn’t it?! Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving :)

      Reply
  6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    November 29, 2014

    What a wonderful holiday it sounds like you had! I look forward to your upcoming Friday posts (and think you pie sounds just fabulous)!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Patricia! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving :)

      Reply
  7. Heather
    November 29, 2014

    I’ve never been a huge pecan pie fan, but this look and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Lauren Kelly Nutrition
    November 29, 2014

    Gorgeous pictures! It looks amazing!

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  9. Susan Mahlburg
    November 29, 2014

    I’m not normally a fan of pecan pie – I gravitate more towards apple or pumpkin varieties – but this looks scrumptious!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Susan! It’d be impossible for me to choose a favourite pie… I just love them way too much! I love fruit pies, too, but I really enjoy the toasted and roasted flavour of pecans in this pie. Soooo tasty!

      Reply
  10. Farrah
    November 29, 2014

    That’s cool that you got to experience your first American Thanksgiving in America! :P (This year’s was the most traditional one I’ve ever had too!)

    That pie looks beautiful and delicious! :]! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  11. Kimchi Cakes
    November 29, 2014

    This looks awesome. Pecan pie is the only pie I like. lol.

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you! I don’t blame you, pecan pie is delicious ;)

      Reply
  12. Kim Smith
    November 29, 2014

    Nice recipe, but even nicer post. Sweet story and you write so well. Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you so much, Kim! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Happy holidays to you and your family, too!

      Reply
  13. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    November 29, 2014

    Love this pie! And, I love that it’s made in a skillet!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Kristi! I’m convinced that everything made in a skillet tastes better :P

      Reply
  14. Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 30, 2014

    Gen, this looks absolutely incredible- Pinning to make for Christmas!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Arman! Let me know how it goes, I hope you love it as much as I do!

      Reply
  15. Rachel @the dessert chronicles
    November 30, 2014

    Love this pie in a skillet! Happy first American Thanksgiving. That pie is definitely the perfect way to celebrate!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Rachel! The pie was a hit and I agree, what a perfect way to celebrate!

      Reply
  16. GiGi Eats
    November 30, 2014

    I have NEVER had pecan pie before in my life – and for that matter I don’t even think I have ever had a pecan before!!

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      You should definitely try a pecan sometime! They’re scrumptious, especially when toasted :)

      Reply
  17. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    December 1, 2014

    Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving! A grateful Fridays series sounds like a great idea! Can’t wait to start reading them! So does this pecan pie.

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Lisa! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving, too!

      Reply
  18. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil)
    December 1, 2014

    Love you could experience an American Thanksgiving here in the states – my favorite meal of the year. Love the meaning behind the ginger + yam pie – too clever! And are you sure you aren’t Southern with this amazing bourbon pie in a cast iron skillet going on??

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    • genevieve y
      December 7, 2014

      Thank you Deanna! The ginger and yam pie was such a sweet and clever gesture. There are many wonderful things about and from the South that I love (including bourbon pies and cast iron skillets), but I am unfortunately not from there! I hope to visit more of the South one day, though :)

      Reply
  19. Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    December 1, 2014

    It sounds like a wonderful first American Thanksgiving in America. And yes, this does look like the best pecan pie ever!!!

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  20. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    December 1, 2014

    Woa – look at this pie!!! This is incredible!!! I bet it was loved by all at your first Thanksgiving!

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  21. Sienna
    December 4, 2014

    Pecan pie is my favorite of all time. I want it. Now.

    Reply
  22. Keena Chew
    December 8, 2014

    I really enjoyed your Thanksgiving article with the pecan pie. My boyfriend is a vegan and we made pecan pies this year to give to everyone whose house we visited. Our pies turned out great. I’m going to suggest to him that we try the recipe you posted next time. :)

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  23. Coline T.
    December 14, 2014

    Hmmmm delicious! ♥ thanks for this lovely recipe :-)

    Reply

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