Did you know that April is National Pecan Month? What a perfect month to celebrate such a yummy food! Though the harvest is typically in late autumn, the pecan is a versatile nut that’s delicious all year long. My personal favorite way to eat this nut is in pecan pie, but I find that they taste great dunked in dark chocolate, too. This year, why not make one of these pecan recipes to celebrate?
Even though pecan pie is normally associated with Thanksgiving, it’s yummy any time of the year! Did you know that it takes nearly eighty pecans to make a typical pie? That’s a lot of pecans! If you don’t want to make your own pie crust, you can always purchase it ready made and then follow the recipe for the filling.
Sticky buns are a type of sweet roll that’s pressed together in a baking dish, which gives it a uniform appearance. However, unlike a loaf or a cake, they’re actually individual rolls that fuse together while baking. These pecan sticky buns are filled with chopped pecans and sugar, and then topped with whole pecans before baking.
Pecans make a great ingredient in snack mixes! You can follow a recipe or create your own combinations. Pecans mix well with cranberries, raisins, pretzels, cereal, and even chocolate. Just start with one cup of pecans and then add any ingredients that you wish.
There are several methods for making candied pecans, but this one is one of the easiest we’ve found. No candy thermometer or baking required! However, if you’d like to make them the long way, here’s a recipe for you to try. Both versions create pecans that have a crispy, caramelized coating.
Don’t get stuck in a peanut butter rut! Try this pecan butter instead. It’s just like peanut butter, only without the peanuts. It’s also great for someone who may be allergic to peanuts but not tree nuts. I like to use unsalted roasted pecans and add sea salt to taste. The next time you have a craving for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, try it with pecan butter instead!
If you’re not in the mood for pecan pie, why not try a tart instead? Though the two dishes can be similar, tarts are a little lighter and more delicate. This tart is in the traditional “French” style because it uses eggs in the filling. Combined with the pecans and a bit of lemon juice, the end result is a dessert that is light and satisfying. Garnish it with strips of candied lemon peels just before serving to really bring out the lemon flavor.
Chocolate Dipped Pecans
Dark chocolate and pecans make a decadent snack! All you need to do is melt one cup of dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave. Add one cup of pecans to the chocolate and stir until covered. Remove from chocolate and let cool on sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper. Try using salted pecans if you’re craving something salty and sweet!