Saturday, April 11, 2020

National Pecan Day Review

A selection of pecan dishes
National Pecan Day - April 14
 National Pecan Day is a Food Holiday celebrated each year on April 14.  The pecan is a  member of the hickory family and is native to central and southern United States.  Pecans make great snacks eaten on their own, but they also make terrific garnishes to other foods such as desserts, salads or the main meal. 

"Pecan” is an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. 

The pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America.  These trees grow best in central and southern United States. Georgia, in particular, is known for it's Pecans. 

Here are two of my favorite recipes using pecans – Pecan Pie  and Sugar Coated Pecans. Either recipe ~ or both ~ would be a great way to celebrate National Pecan Day! 

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

Directions for Pie Crust:

Mix 3 cups flour and 1/2 tsp. salt in a bowl. Add 3/4 cup vegetable shortening and 3/4 cup salted butter. Work the butter into the flour using a dough cutter until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles.
    Add one egg, 5 tablespoons cold water and mix until just combined. 

    *This recipe makes enough for two pie crusts.

    Directions for the Filling:

    1. Mix one cup sugar, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, one cup corn syrup, 1/3 cup melted  butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 whole eggs (beaten) together. 
    2. Roll out one dough half to fit your pie pan. Pour one cup of chopped pecans in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell. Pour the syrup mixture over the top. Cover the top and crust with foil.
    3. Bake the pie for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Remove the foil, and then continue baking for 20 minutes, being careful not to burn the crust or pecans.
    4.  The pie should be set and not jiggly when you remove it from the oven. If it seems to shake a lot, recover with foil and bake longer, or until set. The required baking time varies from 50-75 minutes. 
    5. Cool for several hours or overnight. Serve in thin slivers.

    Sugar Coated Pecans

    Sugar Coated Pecans

    "These sweet pecans are wonderful snacks for any occasion."


    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease one baking sheet.
    2. In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
    3. Add pecans to egg whites, stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking sheet.
    4. Bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.

    More Pecan Treats

    In addition to sugar coated pecans, another absolutely delicious pecan sweet treat is pralines.  The best I've ever had are handmade at River Street Sweets candy shop in Savannah, Georgia. 

    Other Pecan Day celebrations include:

    • Pecan Day – March 25
    • National Pecan Day – April 14
    • National Pecan Month – April

    So, pick a day …. or a month … and enjoy this nutritious and tasty nut called the Pecan.

    Related Articles:

    Pralines at River Street Sweets in Savannah, Georgia
    Praline - Source: Pixabay

    National Pecan Day written by (c) Wednesday Elf on 4/11/2020

    Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article. “As an Amazon Associate, Ebay (EPN) and/or Esty (Awin) Affiliate, I (we) earn from qualifying purchases.”


    1. Oh yummy.....I love pecan pie and this recipe will be added to my favorites. The sugar coated pecans sound lovely too. Thanks for posting the recipes, I think I may just have to indulge in this tasty treat!

      1. Having lived in Georgia for almost 20 years, I enjoyed Pecan Pie often. It's practically a staple at holiday meals there. :) Thanks for your visit, Olivia.

    2. Everyone in my family loves pecan pies! I remember helping my grandmother gather pecans as a child. She would drop them off at a small factory that shelled them for her. Ironically, I don't remember her making pies. My mom was/is the pecan pie chef in our family and they are delicious!

      I've never tired the sugar coated pecans, but I bet they are awesome! I think I have mentioned in the past, that we also love the treats from River Street Sweets.

      1. I remember you said you have ordered treats from Savannah's River Street Sweets in the past. Those pralines are SO good. I think you'd really like the sugar coated pecans too. And they are not hard to make.:)

    3. Pecan Pie is certainly on of my all time favorite pies. I love anything made with pecans. My favorite ice cream is butter pecan. I've never made my pie crust like that before. I really like and can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks!

      1. I very much like butter pecan ice cream too, Sam. Hope you like the pie crust when you try it. Thanks for stopping by.

    4. Ooooh those sugar coated pecans look so yummy!! Thumbs up for National Pecan Day!

    5. I absolutely love Pecan Pie, but keto is keeping me away from it. Man I'm hungry right now ready your post. I'm going to get a handful of almonds now, lol! - recipe seems really simple too (for both)

      1. Good almonds are on your diet, Barbara. They are a tasty nut too. :)

    6. Ms. Elf, your post about pecan day has made my mouth water. I love the things you mentioned and my very favorite is the layer of pecans on top of a sweet potato casserole. Yum.

      1. I'd forgotten about pecans on sweet potato casserole. That's a popular Southern dish, Dawn Rae.:)

    7. I am a huge fan of pecan anything and everything! When I lived in Texas, I had a pecan tree in my back yard. The squirrels were ecstatic. Sure do miss that tree and its bounty. I will be giving your recipes a try, for sure. Thanks!

      1. You are welcome, Diana. I'd like to have a piece of pecan pie right now! Since I don't have one readily available, I'll have to settle for Butter Pecan ice cream! :)

    8. I have never made pecan pie. This recipe sounds good, Elf!

      1. Yes, it does, Brenda. I'll have to try this recipe now.


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