A chocolate, chesslike filling snuggles peanuts in place in this scrumptious dessert. Use pecans if you'd rather.
Fit piecrust into a greased 9" tart pan with a removable bottom.
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-high, and boil, without stirring, 7 to 8 minutes or until syrup is golden, swirling pan occasionally. (Wash down sides of pan with water, using a pastry brush, if sugar crystals form on sides.)
Remove from heat, and gradually stir in warm cream and bourbon (mixture will bubble up). Cool completely (about 35 minutes).
Add butter and egg, stirring until smooth. Stir in peanuts and chocolate morsels. Pour mixture into prepared crust.
Bake at 375° for 36 to 38 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. If desired, serve with vanilla ice cream or unsweetened whipped cream.
Christmas with Southern Living 2002