Does alcohol in a pecan pie cook out?
For Thanksgiving, I'm going to be making the John Thorne Pecan Pie that several Chowhounders have raved about. The recipe calls for 2 T. of dark rum. Will the rum cook out / burn off during the 50 minutes of baking? I'm concerned about whether the alcohol will affect the children who'll be sure to eat the pie. If it doesn't cook out, what would be a good non-alcoholic substitute?
It will cook out at the temperature and time needed to bake a pie. All that sugar is a bigger concern.
most (not all) of the alcohol will cook off.
A typical pie is cut into 8 wedges. (pecan often more, as it's so rich)
2T (6 teaspoons) of rum divided by 8 slices is just 3/4 teaspoon of rum per slice -- not enough to intoxicate anyone old enough to eat the pie -- and that's before cooking.
I agree that the sugar content will be a bigger issue with the mommies.
Alcohol never totally cooks off, no matter what you do.
But I agree with the others that the tiny amount still left is a nonissue.