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Techniques and Tricks for the Perfect Pecan Pie

It's all about the bourbon.

Pie enthusiasts all have their special tricks for a perfect pie crust. Maybe it's cider vinegar or vodka or lard or the temperature of the butter. The team over at culinary lab Chef Steps lets the stand mixer and the fridge do a lot of the work for them. The rest is all precise measurement of ingredients and careful rolling.

To get the perfect pecan pie filling — where it's custardy and not runny and flavorful but not sickly sweet — they rely on corn syrup, bourbon, real vanilla, and obsessive temperature control. Check it out and see the full recipe here.