Grandma Karch’s Skillet Bourbon Pecan Pie

January 16, 2015 by Kari Karch

My grandmother sure knew how to make pies. I can still smell the delicious boysenberry pie she’d bake in her home in California like it was yesterday. So for my dessert recipe that will be debuted at the SHO conference in Dallas, I thought I’d share one of my family favorites. Happy Eating!


preparation time
15 mins

cook time




1.75 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons sugar

0.75 teaspoons table salt

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter small dice

0.25 cup shortening

7 tablespoons ice water

1 tablespoons powdered sugar

4 large eggs

1.5 cup firmly packed brown sugar

0.5 cup granulated white sugar

0.5 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 tablespoons milk

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

1.5 teaspoons bourbon

1.5 cup pecan halves



In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, and sugar until well combined. Using clean hands, add butter and toss until just coated. Rub butter between thumb and forefingers to incorporate into flour mixture until butter and comes together in quarter-sized clumps when squeezed in palm, about 2 minutes. Add shortening, toss until just coated in flour, then rub into flour mixture until mixture forms pea-size pieces (some big chunks should remain) and comes together in fist-sized clumps when squeezed, about 1 minute. Drizzle in half ice water and rake through mixture with fingers until just moistened. Drizzle in remaining water 1 tablespoon at a time and comb through mixture with fingers to moisten. It will go from being a shaggy mess to coming together. Dough is moist enough when it is moistened through but is not wet when pressed. (Do not overwork the dough or it will become tough.) While rotating the bowl with 1 hand, push dough between other palm and side of bowl to gather into a ball. Turn dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, press it into a flat disk, then close in wrap. Place in coldest part of refrigerator (usually back bottom shelf) at least 30 minutes before rolling out and forming into a crust. Preheat oven to 325. Fit piecrust into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet; sprinkle piecrust with powdered sugar. Whisk eggs in a large bowl until foamy; whisk in brown sugar and next 7 ingredients. Pour mixture into piecrust and top with pecan halves. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 300, and bake 30 more minutes. Turn oven off, and let pie stand in oven, with door closed, 3 hours. Serve with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.