WHETHER YOU SAY “PEE-CAN” or “pe-CON”, one thing we can all agree on is that the best way to serve the humble nut is in a pie. It seems every family also has their own top-secret recipe for the treat. So, it’s only natural that this Southern dessert has its own National holiday!
If you like nuts, and you like pie, and you like sweet, then today is your day. Sweet and crunchy, Pecan Pie is a regular on the menu of most restaurants. And, for good reason.
Celebrate National Pecan Pie Day by baking and eating pecan pie. Make an extra pie, and give it to a friend. Or, bring a pecan pie to work to share with co-workers. If you don't have time to bake today, go to the store or a restaurant.
History of Pecan Pie Day
There are various ideas about the origins of pecan pie. There are those who state that the French first made it soon after settling in New Orleans in the 1700's and being introduced to the pecan by the Native Americans of the area. Other claim pecan pie was first made in the early 1800's in Alabama; however, no recipes or other culinary literature has been found that would support either of those claims.
The first actual pecan pie recipe was written in 1886. Originally, pecans were mixed with custard, boiled, and then poured into a crust and baked. The makers of Karo syrup also contributed significantly to the popularisation of pecan pie, as their product was often used instead of the more expensive honey or maple syrup
( above sourced from https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/pecan-pie-day/)
Simple pecan pie recipe
- (1 1/2 cups) Pecan pieces
- (3) Large eggs
- (1 cup) Sugar
- (3/4 cup) Light or dark corn syrup (or honey or maple syrup if you prefer)
- (2 tablespoons) Melted butter
- (2 teaspoons) Vanilla extracts
- (1/2 teaspoon) Salt
- (1) Deep-dish frozen unbaked pie shell (9-inch)
- Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until just toasted.
- Put the eggs, sugar, syrup/honey, butter, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl and mix them all together. Then, stir in the toasted pecans and combine well. ( if your feeling boozy why not add a little splash of Bourbon)
- Pour the filling into pie shell.
- Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until set. It’s probably a good idea to shield your pie with aluminium foil after 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning, or even the nuts getting a bit burnt and losing some of their flavor.
- Serve warm or cold on Steelite Craft Crockery ( as shown in the picture) with whipped cream/ice cream, if desired