What does baking, booze, and the bowdabra have in common? Coming up with any ideas? No? Well I don't drink while I'm baking. And for those of you who don't know what a bowdabra is...it's a thingy that helps you make bows. So what do these three things have in common? Answer: the potential for you to be the Martha Stewart in your neighborhood. Yep, that is what my neighbor called me and she is tough competition with her blond hair and all! Who would have thought, that is all you need to be Martha Stewart...baking, booze, and a bowdabra!
It all started when I needed to come up with a Christmas gift for my neighbors. Baking is always the first thing that comes to mind, but that is so boring. I just needed to jazz it a bit so I chose a recipe that is easy and something not really Christmasy.
Enters the booze. Not any booze, but good old Jim Beam, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. I live in bourbon country here in Kentucky. Now Jim Beam, to me, is a man's drink. But let me tell you ladies...it is a great accessory for a woman to have in the kitchen. It adds the right flavor to many dishes and desserts.
So out come my Kentucky cookbooks and my collection of area recipes. And hands down, it had to be thoroughbred pie. Even sounds like a winner, doesn't it? Now there are many versions and many names to this pie...including derby pie (trademarked) and Kentucky pie.
The recipe I used is from a newspaper clipping and here it is for your file...
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
Beat eggs with completely cooled butter. Add flour and sugar. Beat until mixed well. Gently fold in pecans, chocolate, and bourbon. Add mixture to your pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes ( it sets up more upon cooling).
And that is it! So easy! Now the bowdabra comes into play. I came upon this little baby when I owned a gift basket shop. Bows...I made hundreds of bows. It's the easiest, fastest, and cheapest solution to bedazzle those gifts you give. Make your bow and pull out your favorite embellishments and go for it.
To give your pie as a gift, you can buy the tin foil pie pans with the disposable lids or buy thrifty pie plates throughout the year and wrap with cello or box them up. I used the tin foil pie pans, wrapped ribbon around them and added the bow on top.
Unfortunately...I was in a hurry and took no pictures!!! I know, I know. I'm still new at this blogging thing and when I get to my one year anniversary, maybe then I'll be seasoned enough to always remember that the blog comes first...or close to it!
Just wondering...are there any Martha Stewart's out there who bake with booze?
Living it up at Lakewood,