Texas is a huge producer of pecans. What better use for them than this pecan pie by chef Robert Del Grande (in the cookbook Savor the Southwest). This recipe uses an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. You could probably use a regular pie dish, but knowing that it wouldn't be a deep pie. *Prep time includes chilling of the dough*
1Dough: Sift the flour into a bowl. Using a pastry cutter, 2 forks or your fingertips, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the salt. Add the ice water and toss gently with a fork until a dough forms. If the dough is dry, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough come together. Press the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Dust a work surface with flour. Working quickly with a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a circle 15 inches in diameter. Line an 11 inch pie tart pan with a removable bottom with the dough, pressing the dough evenly into the pan and trimming the edges. Return the lined tart pan to the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
2Custard Filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, eggs and dark brown sugar. Add the melted butter, corn syrup, salt and Grand Marnier. Whisk until smooth.
3Assembly: Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F. Sprinkle the pecan pieces over the bottom of the chilled tart shell. Pour the custard over the top of the pecans. Bake until the filling is set, about 35-45 minutes. Let cook completely and serve.