With an infusion of maple and bourbon, and a rich chocolate crust, this pumpkin pie is bound to be a holiday favorite!
maple bourbon pumpkin pie from Eats Well With Others

The.Boy and I are making great strides towards ridding ourselves of our trust issues.

Like, for instance, last weekend when he allowed me to bring a blowtorch into our apartment.

And use it. Within a three foot radius of him.

Let’s just say that was probably the most tense five minutes of our relationship. Possibly of our lives. Hopefully ever again. Fingers crossed.


But I had seen bruleed pie crust in exactly THREE THANKSGIVING FOOD MAGAZINES.

And the way I feel about crispy crunchy caramelized sugar atop a custardy interior is like what a moth feels about a flame.

In short.

I had to have them. And I was not about to take, “But babe, I really don’t think intentionally creating a fire in our apartment is a good idea” for an answer.


A little clickety click on Amazon while his back was turned (so much for honesty) and my adorable little flame thrower arrived two days later. Fueled for action. (Uh, not literally. I had to buy a canister of butane to go with it.)

So bruleeing away I went, while the.boy stood a few arms length back with a fire extinguisher. Just in case.

A little sprinkle of sugar, a little bit of the hot stuff, and there it was. The crispy crunchy caramelized sugar exterior of my dreams.

Except…then I waited for dessert time to actually serve it and it had kind of re-melted and soaked into the filling of the pie so that you couldn’t tell it had ever been set on fire. UGH.

But yum. Because it was delicious anyway. Filled with the perfect pairing of maple and bourbon, a hint of tang from the yogurt, and ALL THE FALL THINGS. Surrounded by a chocolate crust. You just can’t go wrong.

I NEVER believe in skipping the caramelized sugar, but skip the caramelized sugar and all the stress that comes with it. Trust.

pie week

Guys! It’s still #PieWeek! Which means we have another AWESOME giveaway for you, along with a whole SLEW of ridiculously fabulous pies. Here goes. Today’s giveaway is one of my favorites because it involves the maker of some of my favorite kitchen tools – OXO – AND the brand that I will probably devote most of my wedding registry to – Le Creuset! See below for how to enter!!

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Bourbon Maple Pumpkin Pie– Eats Well with Others
Apple Pear Butter Pie with Gingersnap Crust– Bake or Break
Frosted Slab Apple Pie– Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Dulce de Leche Apple Hand Pies– Dinners Dishes and Desserts
Chipotle Southwest Mini Turkey Pot-Pies– Country Cleaver
Biscoff Ice Cream Pie– Carla’s Confections
Apple Pie with Apple Pie Moonshine– Foodie with Family


One year ago…Whole Wheat Carrot Gnocchi with Peas, Butternut Squash and Ricotta, Miso Harissa Delicata Squash and White Bean Salad with Swiss Chard Sesame Bulgur

Four years ago…Orzotto with Spinach

Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
With an infusion of maple and bourbon, and a rich chocolate crust, this pumpkin pie is bound to be a holiday favorite!
Yield: 8 servings
For the chocolate pie dough
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp Dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3½ tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1¼ cups plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
For the pie
  • 4 large eggs
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  1. For the pie dough, pulse the cocoa powder, sugar, salt and flour in a food processor to combine them. Add the butter to the processor and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse, wet sand.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, vinegar, and ¼ cup ice water. Drizzle into the food processor and pulse until mixture starts to come together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into a 1-inch thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour but up to 48 hours.
  3. When ready to bake the pie, roll out the pie dough on a lightly floured work surface to a 14-inch round. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Trim so that there is about a 1-inch overhang, folding the overhang under the pie and crimping, if desired. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350. Line the pie with parchment paper and fill with dried beans. Bake until the crust is dry around the edges, about 20 minutes. Remove the beans and parchment paper and bake for 5 minutes more, or until crust looks dry. Brush the bottom and sides of the crust with a beaten egg. Return to the oven and bake for 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the filling.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, greek yogurt, bourbon, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. Whisk in the remaining 3 eggs. Set aside.
  6. Pour the maple syrup into a small saucepan, along with the vanilla. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the cream, stirring until smooth. Slowly whisk the hot maple cream into the pumpkin mixture.
  7. Place the pie dish on a parchment-lined baking sheet and pour in the filling. Bake the pie, rotating halfway through, until it is set around the edges but the center barely jiggles, 50-60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice


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84 Responses to Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Pie #PieWeek

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  2. I love any excuse to use a blow torch in the kitchen! This pie looks amazing, it needs to happen here (or you need to bring me some) asap

  3. gloria says:

    Joanne this pie look absolutely delicious and yumm! I love make pies!xo

  4. debbie says:

    Possibly the most delicious looking pumpkin pie I’ve ever seen…chocolate crust….I’m done…..!

  5. Bourbon, pumpkin, maple, AND chocolate? Wowzers! Everything about this screams delicious.

  6. Simply Life says:

    haha, great way to build trust 🙂

  7. Beth says:

    That recipe might just convince this risk-averse baker to buy her own blowtorch.

  8. Not a chance in hell my boyfriend would let me near a blowtorch. I’d bake the pie and he would do the torching and inevitably burn the cake. So yeah…not ever going to happen!

  9. YES! I also love my blowtorch so much! I agree that that crispy bruléed top is to die for and enough reason for the trust issues 😉 Beautiful pie!

  10. Megan says:

    So I’ve been searching everywhere this week for the PERFECT pumpkin pie. I didn’t want traditional, and I wanted a little chocolate, but not too much. I wasn’t having any luck and was about to give up and go my usual traditional route…but then you posted this. And I am eternally grateful. I’m making this for Thanksgiving!!! (Thank you!!) <3

  11. Monica says:

    A small blow torch is one of those things I want but don’t want to spend the money on because I’ll probably use it once a year. I’m not sure it’s worth it. Your pie looks awesome and though you have mixed feelings about the whole blow torch experience, I’m betting you will find many more delicious uses for it in the future.

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  13. I LOVE this recipe Joanne, totally pinning this, YUMMMM! I was wondering what the Apple Cider Vinegar is for in the crust, does it help it stay together?

  14. Lisa says:

    Good gracious! I want that for lunch. I don’t know if I am brave enough with a blow torch though 🙂 Beautiful.

  15. That is a really gorgeous pie! I love it!!!

  16. gorgeous, yummy pie. . excited about the chocolate pie dough! must try this . . yum!

  17. Pam says:

    Note to self: Torch right before serving. This pie looks decadent and delicious Joanne!

  18. Loving the chocolate crust rather than plain old pie crust!

  19. Kate says:

    I want a little brulee torch too, but I just can’t justify the drawer room for it!

  20. I need this pie in my life! The caramelized sugar sounds pretty friggin to die for!

  21. Kathryn says:

    This pumpkin pie sounds totally wonderful – love the booze in there and the chocolate you sneaked in the crust!

  22. Maple, bourbon, and pumpkin are three words that belong together. While I like the sound of the brulee, I’d probably skip it.

  23. Tara says:

    BRULEE PIE?! Joanne, will you dump your BF and marry me? I have never been more excited and have so much anxiety to see a pie before! I know I can never make something like this but hopefully I stumbled in a bakery soon and they happen to have something similar. Xxxx

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  25. I love pulling out my torch anytime possible and this is some good looking pie.

  26. blowtorch has been on my to-buy list for a long time, even though I shouldn’t be trusted around one! This looks perfect though!

  27. Lynn says:

    I’ve always wanted to do that – put the flame on a dessert, but sounds like it is good either way. 🙂

  28. I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of anything bruleed, but I think your chocolate crust on pumpkin pie is the best idea ever! This looks super yummy

  29. Eileen says:

    I’ve never thought to try bruleeing a pie crust! On the other hand, we have pie approximately once a year, so…yeah. 🙂 This guy looks great & obviously perfect for Thanksgiving!

  30. Oh my gosh, I’m so in love with this pie! Obviously any excuse to use my blowtorch makes me happy, but that chocolate crust is making me really happy.

  31. Be still my heart. This pie looks INSANE, yo!! You’ve got mad skills my friend!

  32. Chocolate and pumpkin are the best of friends!! LOVE this!!

  33. What an awesome idea to use a chocolate dough! I’ve only seen crumble crusts with chocolate before.

  34. Lovely pie Joanne, just looking at it, puts calories on my thighs! Lol…
    Great recipe for Thanksgiving!

  35. Susan says:

    I love everything about this, especially that bruleed top!

  36. OMG, Joanne. This pie! First of all, chocolate pie dough?! My life is officially changed. The filling in this is the stuff dreams are made of!

  37. I made Caramel Creme Brulee Pie once – it was totally worth the risk of burning down the house. For real.

  38. Oh Joanne you’re too funny, I love reading your posts!
    But this cake is making me so hungry! I wish my mum allowed my to light a fire up in the house, because I want to make this so badly!

  39. YUM! That brulee top looks awesome! I couldn’t even tell it had remelted. Too good.

  40. Megan says:

    This looks so decadent! I’ve been seeing all those bruleed pies too. Definitely wait to brûlée until it’s time to serve, or re-sprinkle sugar on top and re-brulee. When I worked at Flour, we used a propane torch and I keep wanting to buy one for my kitchen. One of these days!

  41. Tracey says:

    I’ve been dying to make one of these bruleed pies since they became all the rage for Thanksgiving, but I’ve yet to find the time. So glad you tested this one out! It sounds amazing, and is a strong contender for my Thanksgiving day contribution!

  42. I’ve actually been thinking about buying a more heavy duty blow torch…the one I have isn’t good enough! This totally gives me a good excuse to go for it.

  43. Christine says:

    Love the idea of chocolate crust! Great looking brulee. Had to laugh at The.Boy “at the ready” with the fire extinguisher.

  44. Dave lost my chefs blowtorch so now we use a plumbers torch! Thankfully he does all the fire work! Love the look of this pie 🙂 Le Creuset is all over my kitchen.

  45. alyssa says:

    That is funny about the blow-torch! This pie is awesome. I just want a huge bowl of the filling with some coconut whipped cream on top!

  46. I have been waiting all day to visit your site to check out your pie and oh my gosh so worth the wait! It looks just beautiful and the flavors, oh the flavors, don;t get me started!

  47. I’ve never dared to buy a blow torch. I don’t think I trust myself. I can’t even light a match.
    Anyway, I love everything about this pumpkin pie! Mmmm! The bruleed top looks amazing!

  48. Monet says:

    Hi lovely! This looks delicious. Ryan and I are actually sharing a blow torch. I use it for baking and he uses it for jewelry!

  49. How have I MISSED PIE WEEK, Joanne? You appear in my inbox and I just haven’t had time to come over. Must MAKE time, in future. This is a fabulous pie and I love the blowtorch story. I love mine too!

  50. Hhaha, I am not allowed to use a blow torch either. I was going to make a brulee pumpkin pie as well but I am not trusted around flames lol! I like the chocolate crust here…so different!

  51. Hotly Spiced says:

    Well…as long as you didn’t set off the smoke alarms. Good for The Boy to be on stand-by with all the emergency equipment. I do love a chocolate pie crust and your scorched pie looks amazing xx

  52. I imagine he trusted you once he got to taste it!

  53. Good lord! We love pumpkin pie in our household but bourbon with some brulee? It’s the crème de la crème of pumpkin pies! Pinned. Love this Joanne!

  54. Veronica says:

    I’ve never had anything brulee’d. Im’ missing out on that crackly sugary crust! What a neat idea to do it to a pumpkin pie, and with a chocolate crust no less. Magics.

  55. Johanna GGG says:

    you two need a nice little suburban house with a shed for flame throwing – ha ha – whereas I am just happy with any pie with nice chocolate crust – looks so delicious

  56. Karly says:

    I really, really want this pie in my face right now.

    I’ve had a little flame thrower (hahaha, I will always call it that from now on) in my cart forever too, but I keep putting it off. Where do you actually buy the butane at? I think I would buy the torch and then never figure out how to fill it with butane. I’m easily confused, obviously.

  57. Cquek says:

    Wish I am there to enjoy the pie week

  58. The chocolate crust, the bruleed top, the bourbon (!!) – this looks like absolute perfection.

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  60. Pumpkin pie totally needs maple syrup and bourbon in it. Looooove that you used only maple syrup to sweeten it – AMAZING!

  61. Looks amazing Joanna.. I have never tried Bourbon, I need to buy some asap. Love the heavenly flavors going on here. Luckily no trust issues in my relationship, but other issues. SIGH!

  62. sandra says:

    I own a torch – but it is not all that scary… perhaps because I’ve never used it. I have lofty intentions though… can’t wait to try it on a pie… and Oh my, here I am at the end of pie week and no pie to show for it. I must make amends tomorrow… stay tuned.

  63. My husbands all time favorite dessert is creme brulee. Not sure why (given how clumsy I am), he isn’t afraid of me with a blow torch in the kitchen. I have not seen it on a pie though – need to try it!

  64. Girl, you always make me laugh! Brûléeing away we go, teehee!

  65. Chris says:

    Awesome that you got the flame thrower torch. We use MAPP gas torches to light the coal in our Eggs (20 seconds a spot x 3 spots) and once when I was making creme brulee I tried using the MAPP torch (burns at 3,600 degrees) instead of a culinary torch. Let’s just say there was plenty of caramelization power, ha ha.

  66. Reeni says:

    That sounds seriously fun! I would brulee everything in sight! :$ The pie looks incredible! From the bruleed top to the chocolate crust – it takes the boring out of pumpkin pie for me.

  67. Yummy! This is my pie of the holiday season!

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  69. grace says:

    i can attest that this thing was pretty good even without the bruleeing. 🙂

  70. Ashley says:

    I still don’t own a blowtorch for the kitchen. It totally intimidates me. This pie looks INSANELY delicious though, and the burnt sugar on top is totally screaming my name!

  71. katie says:

    Some reviewers on BA said it wasn’t worth making the chocolate crust. What did you think of it?

    • joanne says:

      I really liked the chocolate crust (as did my boyfriend and my friends who we ate it with) and feel like it adds a nice twist. That being said, it was a bit of a pain to work with so if you wanted to go with a favorite pie crust that you know is easy to roll out or even a graham cracker crust (maybe a chocolate graham cracker crust?!), it would still be delicious.

  72. This looks so delicious! I love chocolate and pumpkin together. It’s definitely under-rated.

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