This recipe for the pie-that-shall-be-nameless is based on a clipping from the May 7th, 1973 edition of the Louisville Courier Journal. I changed the fat from butter to margarine and have changed the process quite a bit to ensure a smoother filling without curdling.
2 ounces (1/4 cup) butter
7 ounces (1 cup) brown sugar
8.5 ounces (3/4 cup) light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ounces (1/2 cup) chocolate chips
2.5 ounces (1/2 cup) chopped walnuts (black walnuts if you can get them)
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) bourbon
1 8- or 9-inch unbaked pie crust
Prepare dough for 9″ single crust pie, roll it and lay it into a pie pan. Let it rest for a minimum of an hour in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line the crust with greased tin foil and pour in pie weighs or dried beans. Bake the crust for 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Place the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla in a medium saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Beat the eggs and bourbon together in a small bowl. Mix the walnuts and chocolate chips together in another small bowl. Bring the sugar mixture to a simmer, stirring every so often, then remove it from the heat.
After 25 minutes, remove the crust from the oven and gently lift out the foil with the weights. Return the crust to the oven and bake a further 5-6 minutes. If the sugar mixture is cooling to the point that it’s starting form a crust, whisk it and give it another short shot of heat. DO NOT simmer it again…you want it around 140 degrees or so when the crust comes out.
When the crust is lightly browned remove it from the oven, which in the egg mixture and pour the filling into the hot shell. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips and nuts. Turn the heat down to 275 degrees, apply a pie shield to the pan if you have one (this will help keep the edge from over-baking) and bake the pie for 50-60 minutes until the center just stops sloshing when you jiggle the pan. The filling will continue to cook for the next ten minutes or so.
Cool the pie at least three hours before slicing and serving. Overnight is best.