Sweetheart Dinner Part 2
Any romantic dinner has to end with a sweet treat, and this chocolate pecan pie will seal the deal! I have to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of pecan pie. Growing up in Texas, the pecan pies I tasted were overly sweet and had a gelatin like filling that I did not like. This past Thanksgiving, my hubby made a chocolate pecan pie, because he loves pecan pie. I reluctantly tried it, remembering all the horrible pecan pie I’ve had in the past, but after one bite I instantly changed my mind. It was delicious!! The pecans were crunchy and nestled in chocolate goodness. I was hooked 🙂
When I was thinking of a dessert for my sweetheart dinner, I was drinking a cup of Abuelita, Mexican hot chocolate. The hot chocolate has warm notes of spices like cinnamon, and I thought that would be a nice compliment for the chocolate pecan pie my husband made. So the idea of Abuelita Chocolate pecan pie came together, and I started testing some recipes. The idea I had wasn’t original, because I found several recipes for Mexican chocolate pecan pie, but I found them to be too sweet. I wanted the pie to have enough sweetness, but not overly sweet, and still taste the warm spices from the Abuelita.
I also wanted the whip cream to bring more depth and flavor, so I tried a fresh cinnamon whipped cream. My son wanted to eat the whipped cream by the spoonful! The recipe is for a traditional 9 inch pie pan, but I just split it into two cast iron ramekins. I think it made the table look more romantic, especially with the the Bobee decorations. The pasta was a pretty heavy meal, so we ended up splitting one pie and saving the other in the fridge for the next day. It tasted just as good cold too!
Show your sweetheart or bestie how much you love them and make this special dinner for Valentine’s day. They will love it and you’ll be so proud of the fancy dinner you put together.