|National Pecan Day - April 14|
"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!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup vegetable shortening or lard
- 3/4 cup salted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup corn syrup (light or dark)
- 1/3 cup melted salted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 whole eggs beaten
- 1 cup (heaping) chopped pecans
- First, whip up the pie crust: Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the vegetable shortening and salted butter. Work the butter into the flour using a dough cutter until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles.
- Add the egg, 5 tablespoons cold water and the white vinegar. Stir until just combined. Divide the dough in half and chill until needed. (You will only need one half for this recipe, reserve the other half for another use.)
- Next make the filling: Mix the granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, vanilla and eggs together in a bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out one dough half on a lightly floured surface to fit your pie pan. Pour the pecans in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell. Pour the syrup mixture over the top. Cover the top and crust lightly/gently with foil.
- Bake the pie for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, and then continue baking for 20 minutes, being careful not to burn the crust or pecans. The pie should not be overly jiggly when you remove it from the oven (though it will jiggle a bit). If it shakes a lot, cover with foil and bake for an additional 20 minute or until set. Required baking time seems to vary widely with this recipe. Sometimes it takes 50 minutes, sometimes it takes 75!
- Allow to cool for several hours or overnight. Serve in thin slivers.
*This Pecan Pie Recipe is courtesy of The Food Network.com
Sugar Coated Pecans
"These sweet pecans are wonderful snacks for any occasion."
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 pound pecan halves
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease one baking sheet.
- In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
- 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.
- Bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.
*Sugar Coated Pecans Recipe is from allrecipes.com
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.
|Praline - Source: Pixabay|
National Pecan Day written by (c) Wednesday Elf on 4/11/2020
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