Colin Nicholson took home first prize in our 2013 pie baking contest. He was generous enough to share his recipe here. Enjoy!
Pie Crust (makes 3 crusts):
1-1/2 cup Crisco vegetable shortening
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 Tbs cold water
1 Tbs Grand Teton Brewing’s Bitch Creek ESB 1 Tbs white vinegar
1 Ts salt
Work the Crisco into the flour for about 3 or 4 minutes. It should be pretty crumbly at that point. Just be sure to incorporate the flour and shortening evenly. In another bowl, beat an egg and pour it into the flour/shortening mixture. Add your remaining ingredients (water, Bitch Creek, vinegar, and salt.) Stir together gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Separate the dough into thirds and roll into evenly sized balls. place in seperate ziplock bags and flatten them a bit to assist in rolling later. Place in the freezer for 20 mins. When your dough is ready, remove from freezer and roll it out to have about a 1/4 inch overhang on your pie plate. Take the overhang and fold it up to form a rim for the upper crust.
1 unbaked pie crust
1 cup white sugar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3/4 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup melted salted butter
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup whole pecans
1/3 cup Grand Teton Brewing’s Bitch Creek ESB
First, marinate chopped pecans in 1/3 c Bitch Creek. Set aside. Remove your pie crust from the freezer, roll out, and place in your pie plate. Crimp edges as desired. Next, mix white sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, light corn syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl. Pour your marinated chopped pecans in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell. Pour the syrup mixture over the top. Take remaining 1/2 cup of pecans and arrange on the pie surface. Cover the pie with foil. Bake pie at 350º for 50 minutes. Remove foil, then continue baking for 20 minutes. Note: Baking times vary based on ovens and elevations, so just keep an eye on it. Mine took 50 with the foil, 20 without. Yours might be different. When it is done, it will be slightly, but not overly jiggly. It will set as it cools. Overnight should do it.