Bella D. Recipe

Grandma Gray's Famous Chocolate Pecan Pie (recipe for 2 pies)

By Bella D. MissNeoSwank

Recipe Rating:
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Bella's Story

I made my mother's pecan pie recipe for several famous chefs and cookbook authors in Napa Valley. Everyone said this is one of the best chocolate pecan pies they've ever tasted! Hope you like it!


eggs slightly beaten, (extra large)
1 c
packed dark brown sugar
1 c
white sugar
1 c
dark karo syrup
1 c
light karo syrup
4 Tbsp
butter, melted
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3 Tbsp
vanilla, (cooks or nielsen-massey)
2 1/2 c
whole pecans
2 c
semi sweet chocolate chips (guitarrd or pistoles noir or flat choc. disks found at whole foods market)
9 inch unbaked pie crust
optional, dark rum or espresso
1 pt
heavy whipping cream
1-2 dash(es)
vanilla extract
3-5 pinch
powdered sugar to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Start with sprinkling a pinch of cinnamon on the bottom of an unbaked pie crust. Bake your pie crust at 450 F for 5-7 mins. Take out the pie crust and proceed with the next step.
Next, turn the oven down to 350F.
Either you can add the chocolate chips directly to the warm pie crust (bottom crust only) and spread evenly or melt the chocolate chips in a separate bowl and then spread on the bottom of the crust. Feel free to experiment with another pinch of cinnamon or try a dash of espresso or dark rum into the melted chocolate mixture, which is all optional.
In a large bowl, stir in first seven ingrediants until well blended.
Stir in pecans, pour into pie crust.
Bake for 50-55 minutes.
The best way to tell if the pie is done is when it poofs up. Another way is to insert a knife and if it comes out clean, then it's done.
Let pies cool on rack.
Top with homemade whipping cream.
Note to chef: Optional Pie Crust Recipe (2 pies)
2 1/8 c. sifted all purpose white flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 c. chilled shortening
5 Tbsp. ice water
Mix all together. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 mins. before rolling out.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American

  • Comments

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    Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Sep 5, 2011
    Cynthia, this sounds divine! I'm saving to give this a try for the Holiday's! Thanks for sharing!
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    Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Sep 5, 2011
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    Bella D. MissNeoSwank - Sep 18, 2011
    Thanks Diane!

    It looks like you and I will be making this pie around the same time (November and December). This is a wonderful holiday treat! I Hope you and your guests will like it as much as my family and friends in Napa. Please let me know how it turns out.

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    Jean Campbell gwashington1961 - Feb 26, 2012
    Ms. Cynthia, I am amazed by the recipe & your masterful photography. I left a comment with your series of detailed shots of your pie. I should have asked if you had studied photography? Obviously your Grandma Gray has been a fine tutor in teaching you how to make her Chocolate Pecan Pie. I am still quite anxious to learn the source of your mold for the accent molded chocolate leaf?

    Thanks for sharing what is probably the best recipe for pecan pie - original or chocolate - that I have ever seen! LOL :-)
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    cynthia gordon niyahdyer239 - Apr 17, 2012
    I've been looking for a chocolate pecan pie recipie. Will try! Yummy...