Rachel Adams

National Chocolate Pecan Pie and Lemonade day is in full swing. Here at my house hubby would be so happy cos his fave holiday pie is pecan pie then you add chocolate into the equation and you have a very happy hubby. Me on the other hand give me some Big Girl lemonade and no one gets hurts! It goes right up there with my coffee. :)

I have done many types of lemonade with fruit which I like to be honest, cuts back on the tartness of the lemons. I have my dear son who just loves, loves strawberry lemonade with fresh cut strawberries in his with the torani strawberry syrup to add to the flavor. I posted a picture of lemonade with mint.

Mint Lemonade
8 large lemons, divided
 20 fresh mint leaves, divided 
1 cup granulated sugar 
3 cups boiling water 
4 cups cold water 
ice cube

Slice 7 lemons thinly. Seed sliced lemons and place in a large mixing bowl.  Add 12 mint leaves; sprinkle with sugar. Pour in boiling water.  Let sit for 45 minutes at room temperature, occasionally pressing lemons and mint with a wooden spoon.  Strain liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass punch bowl or a pitcher with at least a 2 1/2 quart capacity. Juice the remaining lemon; add to the strained liquid.  Add cold water; stir well. Add ice cubes; stir rapidly.  Ladle or pour lemonade and a few ice cubes into each glass; garnish each with a mint leaf.

Chocolate Pecan Pie


1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell
2 cups pecan halves
3 large eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons good-quality bourbon
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Cover bottom of pie crust with pecans.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, sugar, bourbon and the chopped chocolate. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into the pie shell over the pecans and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. 

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