American pecan pies

Our favourite American dessert, perfected with a little kick of bourbon cream on the side

  • Prep:40 mins
    Cook:25 mins
    Plus freezing
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 871
  • fat 53g
  • saturates 20g
  • carbs 89g
  • sugars 50g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 13g
  • salt 0.87g


  • 300g plain flour
  • 150g melted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 175g pecans halves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 85g golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 85g light muscovado sugar
  • 150ml whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup


Make it bigger
If you don’t have small tart tins, you can make one large one in a 23cm tin and bake it for 40 minutes.


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Work the flour, butter and sugar together with your hands until well mixed, then press onto the base and up the sides of six 10cm fluted tart tins. Put on a baking tray.

  2. Reserve 36 pecan halves and roughly chop the rest. Beat together the eggs, sugar, syrup, vanilla, bourbon, melted butter and chopped pecans, and spoon into the tart cases. Top each one with 6 pecan halves, then bake for 20-25 mins until golden and set. The filling will rise up as it bakes, but will settle back as it cools. You can make these 2 days ahead and freeze for up to 2 months.

  3. If you fancy a double shot of bourbon, serve the pies warm topped with this iced bourbon cream. Beat the whipping cream with the golden syrup and bourbon until softly stiff, then turn into a rigid container and freeze for up to 1 month. Serve straight from the container like ice-cream, or leave to soften for up to 15 mins for a softer, creamy version.

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