|Toasted pecans from CARTI's Festivities, Too cookbook|
Last year an estimated 2.6 million pecans were harvested from orchards
|E's Bistro's Lemon Pecan Pie.|
Pecans are native to Arkansas. They were highly valued by Native Americans, who traded and consumed them. Spanish explorers thought they were another sort of walnut and called them nueces, or “fruit of the walnut.” They’re a great source of protein, and somewhat easier to crack than walnuts.
|Blue Mountain Bakery's Sticky Rolls.|
|Praline pecans from Ozark Candy & Nuts.|
|"Pecan Row" by Grav Weldon, taken near Scott.|
Pecan trees are common across the state, and you’ll see them here and there. I even have one in my backyard, though the squirrels seem to reap the bounty the tree offers before the nuts hit the ground. There is a stretch of highway near Scott where pecan trees line either side of the road, offering a shady tunnel during the summer and a stark
|Pecan pie at Chip's Barbecue.|
|Nana Deane's Coconut Pecan Pie, recipe in Arkansas Pie|
|Pecan fried pie at Grandpa's BBQ.|
Some places, like Skinny J’s in Jonesboro and Grandpa’s Catfish in Cabot even serve up fried pecan pies.
Pecans can be found in sweet potato casseroles, mixed into the cranberry relish and even included in a good cornmeal dressing. What better food to celebrate during November?
Now, as many of you know, I've been developing a rather ridiculous intolerance to corn grain. I apparently can eat corn off the cob; it's the corn that's used as grain that's been
Most pecan pies are made with Karo syrup. How am I getting around that? Simple. I'm thinking for Thanksgiving, a brown sugar pecan pie will grace my table.
Brown Sugar Pecan Pie
2 eggs, beaten
2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar (the white stuff)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup pecan halves
1 blind baked flour pastry pie shell (store-bought is acceptable, too)
|Caramel Pecan Pie at Sweet Treats.|
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat the heck out of the eggs. Pour in the melted butter, both sugars and the vanilla and incorporate thoroughly. Shake chopped pecans with all-purpose flour and add to the mix.
Pour into pie shell. Top with pecan halves. Bake for 45 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.