Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • Auj1970 Posted: 11/29/13
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    I made this pie yesterday for Thanksgiving and it turned out wonderful!! I followed the directions exactly as written and it was delicious! My oven had been on all morning so I don't know if that made a difference, but 35 minutes was perfect! My kiddo even got in on making this because he got to put on the pecans while I made the caramel sauce -which we thought was great! This was a very sweet tasting pie, but I kinda expected it to be with chocolate and caramel being involved :) but the pecans on top kinda counter it and makes this pecan pie so delicious! Will make this pie again for sure!!

  • Globeflyer Posted: 01/06/14
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    Made it for my family at Christmas. It was a huge favorite among the "chocolate lovers"!

  • scrogglet Posted: 11/29/13
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    This pie was a huge disappointment. I made it for a dinner party and thank goodness I decided to cut it before taking it to the party. It was a big, sloppy mess. It should be cooked for over an hour...not the 35 minutes as stated in the recipe. The caramel sauce was very bitter. the only thing I did like was the idea for the pecan presentation. I may use this idea again but will not waste $20.00 again making this pie!

  • Aggiedb Posted: 12/31/13
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    I made this pie exactly as printed. I cannot give it a great review because the lemon made the praline sauce taste burned, even though I know it wasn't. (I make pralines from scratch and other candies so I know how to make a praline sauce without burning it.). Am I the only one who's sauce tasted this way?

  • Jthrailkill Posted: 11/16/13
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    First, let me say that I could not wait to make this pie! I had to wait for my mom in law to come stay with my little ones so that I could have the time to bake it. It looked beautiful and everyone was so excited to cut into it and get a taste. The bake time must have been a misprint. It says 35 minutes but I think it needs to take every bit of 45 minutes if not an hour more! After baking for 35 minutes, it was gooey and runny so I put it back in the oven to bake for another 20 minutes because it was such a runny mess. It is an expensive pie to bake to make that kind of mistake! I will do this pie again but I will definitely bake it longer. Trust your gut and take it out when it looks done. I just had my oven calibrated otherwise I would have thought our oven was going out.

  • olivettepointe Posted: 11/18/13
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    I can't say enough good things about this pie. I don't typically like pecan pies, but this one knocked my socks off. Everyone who had a slice raved about it and actually argued over who would get the last piece. Fortunately it's easy enough to make again and again.

  • Sweetmarsh Posted: 12/07/13
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    Wow, I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone wanted the recipe. I love chocolate and pecans and this is a great mix without having to bake both kinds of pie. Just be careful, one slice or you're waistline is sure to increase!! By the way, the kids LOVED it too!

  • sheric29 Posted: 12/01/13
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    I like this pie. It was a lovely presentation, and delicious, too! I cooked it a bit longer than 35 minutes, but really only about 38 and it came out perfectly. I let it cool completely before I did anything else to it. I would say to be careful when cooking the caramel sauce. I am not an experienced caramel maker, but I would say that if you cook it until it is "a dark amber color", you've cooked it too long. It will most definitely be bitter then. Next time, I would cook it till it is, get this, a "dark caramel color". Also, I only put 1 tsp. of lemon juice in it. And it is A LOT of caramel--only drizzle maybe a third of it on top as it is a sweet, rich pie. Other than those changes, it is really delicious and pretty pie!

  • chezcarona Posted: 12/01/13
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    I made the recipe according to the directions. The only thing I didn't do was toast the pecans. I made the chocolate filling a day ahead and refrigerated it. My pie looked exactly like the magazine cover. Everyone raved about it. I found that there was too much caramel as some other reviewers noted, but it is easy to use with a brownie mix, etc. For those complaining that the caramel was not sweet, my entire family thought that it was an excellent balance for the sweetness of the chocolate filling. If I was making the caramel for something else, I might cut back on the lemon juice. I thought it tasted fine the way it was. My son even ate a few spoonfuls of the excess plain and raved about it.

  • Fiberpainter Posted: 12/01/13
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    A friend made this for a party, out of this world good! It was chocolatey, nutty heaven! I'm planning it for my next party.

  • Kareless Posted: 11/14/13
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    I made this last Friday. I was not going to stop until I made this pie. First I took out the lemon juice . I baked mine a little longer. Not too much. I did let cool but I just couldn't wait. At first I was sad because it was runny. But I know some things just need a night in the fridge. OMG! It was way better the next day, and the next. The extra caramel sauce I pour over my salted caramel ice cream . This is so good. I was so excited it looked just like the cover of your magazine. I even made my own pie crust.. Woohoo.. Thank you SOUTHERN LIVING, KING ARTHUR FLOUR AND LAND O LAKES. Without you I couldn't make the wonderful things I make. Karen

  • sunnygrammie Posted: 11/25/13
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    The chocolate portion of this pie was amazing. The salted caramel portion. . .ummm, not so much. I took the advise of previous posters and baked the pie for nearly 50 minutes. But I ended up scraping off the pecans and caramel sauce because the caramel was just too bitter and salty, even though I left out the lemon juice, only added the required 1/4 tsp. salt, and left off the sea salt on top. (Perhaps it's just because this was the first time I'd ever tried salted caramel and it wasn't to my liking.) But after adding new pecans and regular caramel I'd give this pie five stars; but with the caramel sauce, as written, I had to give a three-star rating. This pie is extremely rich, delicious, gorgeous, and worthy of a special occasion (with regular caramel sauce, of course). :)

  • Jacksonsquare Posted: 12/03/13
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    I wasn't expecting the chocolate part to be so cake like. It was dry. I didn't add the amount of salt called for on the top or it would not have been edible. I'll stick to regular pecan pie the next time.

  • kimvilles Posted: 12/06/13
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    I have been making a version of this pie for several years but this one with the caramel was a big hit. I also changed it a little bit and added a few shots of good bourbon to the mix. Absolutely delicious. I made it a day in advance and waited to add the caramel sauce until the day I served it. Everyone gobbled it up.

  • Kellet Posted: 11/11/13
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    This pie was just okay - and I wanted it to taste spectacular. The presentation is perfection though. (no problem with the caramel sauce)

  • AmandaB544 Posted: 11/07/13
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    I baked the pie for 35 minutes at 350 and it was still jiggly, but the recipe said it would be 'loose' so I didn't bake it any more and thought it would set. An hour later I cut into it and it was runny, not set at all. Clearly I didn't leave it in long enough. I want to make this pie again, any tips on how to know it's done?

  • awarner16 Posted: 12/03/13
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    My sister and I made this for Thanksgiving! It was a great bonding experience over an easy to make fall pie. Check out my pictures: http://learninglanguageandlove.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/salted-caramel-chocolate-pecan-pie/

  • twotorties Posted: 12/07/13
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    This is the best pie I have ever made. A couple of things that I think helped - I use vegetarian pie crusts, and couldn't find a deep dish crust. So I used one vegetarian regular size, and one mini pie crust (both from Whole Foods). Using a convection oven, I cooked both at the same time for 43 minutes, so a few minutes longer. Followed all other directions exactly. Both pies came out PERFECT, in both presentation and taste. Rave reviews from all. I can't wait to make this again.

  • BakingMadness Posted: 11/29/13
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    This was a great Thanksgiving dessert! Beautiful presentation and extremely tasty! Why only 4 stars? The directions for the caramel topping were off: bringing the sugar, lemon juice and water to a boil right away caused it to turn bitter, even under my watchful eye and swirling! I had to toss the first batch. I found better directions elsewhere and brought the mixture to boil slowly, raising the temperature in increments. That worked! I did not end up using all of the caramel sauce; just enough to wet all the pecans on top. We all loved the mix of sweet (but not too sweet due to the dark cocoa) and salty, and the lemon in the caramel sauce was a perfect complement to the other flavors. The baking time of 35 minutes was spot on (I preheated the oven for a good 20 mins.). Will definitely be making this again!

  • cbsully Posted: 12/05/13
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    I brought this pie to Thanksgiving dinner. It was a very big hit! It was easy to make. The only thing I did differently from the recipe is that I cooked the pie for an extra 5 minutes because I thought it was a bit too liquid after 35 minutes to set up properly. It came out perfectly. I think it is best to check it after 35 minutes and then determine if more time is required. It is very rich so a little goes a long way. I will definitely make this again.

  • KarlaMei Posted: 11/29/13
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    Made this pie for Thanksgiving and followed the directions exactly, except that I made my own pie crust. While very tasty, it ended up being pretty sloppy. A couple things I would do differently: 1) I will pre-bake the pie crust next time because my crust was barely cooked after 40 minutes of baking 2) I will add another 1/2 cup of chopped pecans into the chocolate mix. 3) I will cut the sugar in the filling to 1 cup from 1.5 cups I loved the lemony salted caramel. Not bitter at all (maybe other reviewers burnt the caramel?).

  • DonnaJayGold Posted: 12/01/13
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    This pie was fairly simple to make and received lots of oohs and ahs at my Thanksgiving table. The one thing I goofed on was that I had actually used peppermint extract instead of the vanilla extract in the body of the pie. No matter -- it was still delicious and looked terrific! (-;

  • SandyStaggs Posted: 12/21/13
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    I made this pie for Thanksgiving and followed several readers' advice about lowering the amount of salt and lemon juice in the caramel and only using half the amount of caramel the recipe calls for. I burned the caramel the first time but the second caramel batch was divine. Also, I cooked for the pie a bit longer as well. The presentation was exceptional but the pie was a little runny once we cut into it. If you look closely at the cover photo you will see the liquid just beginning to run so I was very pleased with the results. I will definitely take another whack at this delicious pie in the near future.

  • lajuma Posted: 01/24/14
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    I was so excited about this pie. It was the only reason I even bought that issue of Southern Living. I followed the recipe exactly (like many other reviewers) and left it in the oven for the specified amount of time and it was like soup when I took it out. I've put it back in the oven, over an hour in total and it's still not setting. So. annoyed.

  • Gymeni Posted: 11/26/13
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    35 minutes is not nearly enough bake time. This expensive pie was a runny mess. And the caramel does have somewhat of a bitter taste. A disappointing fail.

  • DMarie05 Posted: 11/06/13
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    I took the hints from 2 previous reviewers and cut sugar to 1 1/4 cups and omitted the lemon juice in the Carmel sauce. Pie was delishious.

  • Kristen0806 Posted: 10/23/13
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    Lovely presentation - would be a grand finish to a dinner party. Very (almost too) rich! Would be really heavy after a big holiday meal. But, the caramel is a fun addition to the chocolate-pecan combo. Made this for a weeknight family dessert. Kids liked it, husband could only do a bite or two because of sweetness. But, will keep the recipe.

  • Delishful Posted: 11/20/13
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    This pie was very good and easy to make. I had no problem with it setting, although it was not cut until the day after I made it, so making it a day ahead of time might be a good idea. I also let it cook about 42 minutes because at 35 it was still very jiggly. I made my own crust and it came out nicely. It was super rich and fudgy! To anyone that had trouble with the caramel not setting, it was undercooked. Notice that the recipe says to boil the sugar for 8 minutes AFTER it changes color, and even then cook it until it is a nice deep amber. When making caramel sauce, I like to cook the sugar until it starts to smell smoky, but not quite burned. Anyway, this wasn't my favorite pie, but it won a pie contest and people seemed to like it.

  • RetroAvery Posted: 11/29/13
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    This pie was delicious. The changes I made: I did bake the pie longer after I drizzled the caramel on because it just did not look done enough. I baked at least 20-30 minutes longer. I put it in the fridge overnight and served room temperature. Next time I will: 1) Bake the pie longer. 2) Use vanilla in the caramel sauce not lemon. 3) Cook the caramel slightly longer. 4) Use less (or no) salt in the sauce. I think the dusting on the top is plenty. Also, trying to arrange the pecans in a spiral was futile. It looked beautiful nonetheless and was wonderful. But so rich, easily serves 10-12 because you'll want small pieces.

  • Spammy Posted: 11/29/13
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    My daughter made this for Thanksgiving dinner. It was beautiful and delicious!

  • elizabethbranch Posted: 12/02/13
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    I made this pie for Thanksgiving and it was so good! Everyone loved it and went on and on about how pretty it was. I personally don't like nuts, but everyone in my family does, so I left the chopped pecans out of the chocolate filling and just kept them on top. (So I could scrape them off and everyone else could enjoy them.) Before I made the pie, I read the comments and saw that the baking time was an issue. I baked mine for 45 minutes instead of 35 and it was perfect. An hour would have been too much. I think it just depends on your oven. Anyway, I will definitely make this again.

  • osequin Posted: 12/22/13
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    This pie was so sweet and decadent. It was exactly what I was expecting. It wasn't very hard to make either. The salty caramel balanced perfectly with the sweet chocolate filling and everything about it was delicious- if you like things very sweet.

  • PaulaJager Posted: 11/11/13
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    I made this before reading the reviews. While testing the sauce I thought the lemon juice made it tart but it was an excellent complement to the sweetness of the pie. Stunning in appearance but very rich and very sweet. My pie set although I may not have cooked the caramel long enough as it could have been thicker. I went with the 8 min but stoves vary and will cook a tad longer next time. I am going to make for Christmas rather than Thanksgiving.

  • Frances105 Posted: 11/20/13
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    When I saw this pie on your cover, I became so excited. I always bake five or six pies to take to my daughter's in-laws for Thanksgiving, I always make a fudge pecan, and a apple and several pecan pies. I am considered a really good cook by my family and friends. And I certainly have enough experience, as I have been cooking and baking since I was ten years old and I am now sixty-nine. Thank goodness I decided to give your pie a trial run. I decided to try it out on my fellow workers at our church's soup kitchen. Everything was beautiful, until I tasted the caramel (it was so bitter) there's no way I could serve it to anyone. I went over the directions, I couldn't figure what went wrong. Any ideas?

  • athena111161 Posted: 11/29/13
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    I trust Southern Living recipes completely and use them often. This one, unfortunately, was a huge disappointment to our holiday meal and a tad pricey. I completely acknowledge that I could have made a mistake, but am a chemist and avid cook, so needless to say very detailed when it comes to recipes. The pie did not set in the time indicated. I actually calibrate my oven, so I know that it is reliable as far as temperature. I caution anyone who attempts this recipe to increase the bake time to at least an hour.

  • Csansom Posted: 12/07/13
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    I have made this pie twice since Thanksgiving, and it is wonderful!! The key to it is give it plenty of time to set up. I made the filling exactly as the recipe stated. I added an additional 5 minutes to the baking time, but any longer would have made the filling overdone. Don't forget to check on the pie crust!! The filling is very similar to a chocolate chess pie that I've made for years. After reading the reviews prior to making it the first time, I decided to omit the lemon juice in the caramel topping. I didn't want to risk it being too bitter. It was fine without it. The topping took a little longer than 8 minutes. The color changes rapidly once that process begins, and I went with a lighter caramel for the second pie that was great! I followed every other part of the recipe as written. I would allow at least 5 hours for this pie to set before serving. My husband LOVES it, and it received many rave reviews at two holiday gatherings.

  • goldenk Posted: 11/01/13
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    I made this yesterday for my girls at school. I made the caramel sauce as written, but it tasted really bitter. I don't know if I cooked the sugar too long or if the addition of lemon juice (which I didn't understand) made it so. Thankfully, I did not put it on the baked pie. I made another caramel sauce and the pie was delicious. Very much like a fudgy brownie. I feel terrible posting this; I feel like such a traitor to Southern Living. However, I don't want anyone else to make the same mistake I did.

  • obxgoer Posted: 12/04/13
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    Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out beautifully. I did bake a day before and chill it. I think this is key. Would not cut it straight out of the oven. Used a high quality commercial caramel sauce. OMG!!!!

  • MissAndrea Posted: 01/09/14
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    I made this on New Year's eve ...it is death by chocolate pecan - Yummo! Instructions were easy to follow altho I did find it took twice as long for caramel to turn golden color (perhaps because I used non-stick pot). I allowed pie to cool per recipe on rack in patio (live in south Florida & temp was about 70 outside). The pie was very runny when we sliced. It really needs to be refrigerated to totally cool and set-up perfectly (does not need extra bake time as others suggested - put it in fridge for couple of hours and it'll be fine). As others also commented I did not use full amount of caramel as it would have run over the sides. The recipe says to place pecans starting from middle working outward but the video shows starting outer rim working in and I will do it that way next time. My husband showed pic at office his coworkers are asking for me to make one for them!

  • jerseyfoodie Posted: 11/29/13
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    Outstanding! Followed directions except: -reduced sugar to just 1 cup in chocolate layer-perfect -from boiling point it was 9 minutes to dark amber-and the SUBTLE change in smell (toward burn) --a great indicator caramel is done--and it was divine! NEXT TIME I will arrange pecans when chocolate layer is still warm so it's easier to push them in a bit. I was amazed at how beautifully it sliced. Served with vanilla ice cream, a very nice foil, will try a bourbon whipped cream next time too. One of the least labor- intensive pies I've made, will make often. ****i made this the day before Thanksgiving, the last tiny slice was excellent even 3 days later****

  • RebekahMcLeod Posted: 11/20/13
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    Delicious. Great presentation. I read previous reviews and cut the sugar back a little in the chocolate filling, used 1tsp lemon juice for the caramel sauce, & baked it closer to 45mins. I also didn't pour all of the sauce on top of the pie (personal preference). Recieved rave reviews & will make again and again.

  • Zilgirl Posted: 11/18/13
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    I made this pie for a party I had this past weekend. Followed directions exactly and it was very pretty with the pecans arranged like the picture. I was excited to try it but was very disappointed The chocolate was too strong and the caramel too sweet. It was a mushy mess. I threw it away. One of my guests, who knows I'm a good cook, said she was going to make it for Thanksgiving but changed her mind after seeing it and tasting it. We were very surprised that this pie would be on the cover of Southern Living and turn out the way it did.

  • ValerieinKS Posted: 12/07/13
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    I made this for Thanksgiving, and it was wonderful. I made the pie the night before exactly as written, except I did bake it for an extra 5 minutes ( I have a gas oven that sometimes I need to bake things a little longer in). I let the pie sit over night, and made the caramel sauce the next morning. I am glad I let it completely cool before putting the pecans and caramel on it. I think it helped it set better. The pie was so good- the chocolate part was fudgy and moist like brownies and the topping was just the right amount of sweetness. And the leftovers tasted even better the next day.

  • charmgirl13 Posted: 11/28/13
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    The chocolate pie filling was delicious and fantastic! I cooked mine per the directions (35 minutes) and it firmed up as it cooled. The caramel, however, was terrible. I made the pie for Thanksgiving and the caramel sauce was a huge disappointment. In fact, I remade it three times -- the first time as per the recipe, the second time without the lemon juice and the third time with slightly less lemon juice -- because I could not understand how Southern Living could publish a recipe with such a bitter caramel sauce...and on the cover, too. The caramel sauce completely ruins the pie. I would make it again, but I would use a different salted caramel sauce on top. It's a shame that it is written as it is because it is *not* a cheap pie to make! All that said, the pecan arrangement makes a beautiful presentation.

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