Our final New York dish is pecan pie, served in diners up and down this great city. Originally based on a ‘transparent pie’ — a pie with a glossy sweet filling made of brown sugar, molasses or maple syrup — it was probably invented by a native of New Orleans, having purchased a few handfuls of the southern nuts from an Algonquian Indian. ‘Pecan’ is Algonquian for ‘hard nut to crack’ — a little like our illustrious hero.
First make the pastry dough. Sift the flour, sugar and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Add the softened butter and mix together (in a blender, with a fork or by hand) until fully, but coarsely, combined. Slowly add the iced water, bit by bit, stirring until the dough begins to firm up. Go on instinct here — add a little more water if the dough seems too dry. Cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge for at least an hour.
Meanwhile, to make the filling, whisk together the eggs, corn syrup and brown sugar. Add the cooled melted butter and whisk until well mixed. Next whisk in the bourbon, vanilla and cinnamon, and stir in the pecans. Pour the filling into your pie shell and
When cooked, place on a rack to cool before serving with whipped cream on the side.
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