Chocolate Whiskey Pecan Tart or Steeplechase Pie

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Chocolate Wiskey Pecan Tart

The Loveless Cafe calls it Steeplechase Pie, named after a three-mile race held in Nashville a week after the Kentucky Derby. They made the pie their own by adding chocolate to the pecans and I’m making it my own by  turning it into a tart instead of a pie. and going with bittersweet chocolate instead of semi-sweet. You might even consider using this shortbread crust I used in a legendary almond tart. You can even choose to leave the pecans whole which I did the first time I made it.  I love the flexibility and anyway you make it, you will love it.

This is a busy cooking time as Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I’m getting right to it.

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Chocolate Pecan Tart or Steeplechase Pie

Chocolate, Pecans and Whiskey are fabulous combination for a pie or a tart, adapted from the recipe for Steeplechase Pie from the Loveless Cafe Dessert Cookbook.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time2 hours 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American Southern
Servings: 8


  • 1 single pie crust partially baked for 20 minutes
  • 1 1/4 cups pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup


  • Mix chocolate chips and pecan pieces in bowl together
  • Mix sugar, butter together. Add whiskey, vanilla. Mix. Add eggs one at a time.
  • Add corn syrup.
  • Line tart shell with chocolate and pecans. Pour mixture into pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes. Pie will bubble. Cool completely before serving.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yummy! You are reminding me of my Grandmother’s pecan pie! But of course, hers (and mine) are always with the dark Karo syrup – I love the flavor of the dark one, and I always use a bit less sugar, too.

    But I was just thinking of doing it this year with the chocolate, and I love the idea of a shortbread crust – might as well do it up!

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