Easter Cocoa Spiced Pecans

Because of the many days of cloudy wet weather that has held me hostage inside my house instead of out in the pecan orchard, I find myself searching cookbooks for unusual pecan recipes to try for our family’s upcoming Easter celebration.  I ran across one for Cocoa Spiced Pecans that I felt worthy of sharing.

 

COCOA SPICED PECANS

Ingredients

Parchment paper or nonstick cooking spray

1 large egg white

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon Baking Cocoa

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 cups pecan halves

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper or spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk together the egg white, sugar, salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in bowl.  Stir in the pecans and stir until completely coated.  Pour the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.

Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven.  Stir to separate the pecans.  Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F and continue to bake for 15 minutes.  Cool completely on baking sheet and then break into pieces.  Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

These can be sprinkled over your favorite salad greens.  Cut up a few strawberries and or blueberries to add color and “Voila” – enjoy!

COCOA SPICED PECANS

COCOA SPICED PECANS

National Pecan Pie Day

National Pecan Pie Day is annually celebrated on July 12.  With that being said everyone needs to be sure they have shelled pecans on hand to make this delicious dessert.

What is pecan pie?  Wikipedia.org defines pecan pie as a pie made primarily with corn syrup and pecan nuts.  Variations may include white or brown sugar, sugar syrup, molasses, maple syrup, or honey.  It is popularly served at holiday meals and is also considered a specialty of  Southern U.S. cuisine. Most pecan recipes for this pie include salt and vanilla as flavorings. Chocolate and bourbon whiskey are other popular additions to the recipe.  Pecan pie is often served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 

Pecan pie is actually French in origin.  The first American pecan pies were baked by French immigrants living in New Orleans.  Many years later, the Karo company popularized this creation with recipes that called for the company’s corn syrup as one of the ingredients.  The recipe below is simple to prepare so try it and let us know how it turned out!

 

Happy Pecan Pie Day

Happy Pecan Pie Day

 

 


Nutty Pecan Bark Treat

Everyone should now be aware of the health benefits of adding pecans to their diet.  This pecan treat recipe was just too scrumptious so wanted to share it with everyone on our blog!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 package graham crackers

1 cup pecan pieces ( I prefer the large pecan pieces)

1 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Melt butter.  Add sugar and boil for 2 minutes.  Line a jelly roll pan with graham crackers and pour the butter and sugar mixture over the crackers.  Spread the pecan pieces evenly over the crackers and sprinkle with the sea salt.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool and break or cut into triangles.  Mmmmm…. This pecan treat is something to really enjoy as it will not last long!  For the chocolate lover you could add a few chocolate chips over the top before baking.  Hope all enjoy!

Pecan Recipe – Caramelized Onion, Smoked Gouda and Pecan Rice Tart

[Originally posted September 1, 2010]

This side dish features two kinds of cheese, nuts and vegetables baked together to tasty perfection.  It’s quick and easy to prepare with the help of cooked rice.

 

Caramelized Onion, Smoked Gouda and Pecan Rice Tart

2 Tablespoons butter

4 cups sliced sweet mild onion

3 cups cooked rice

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese

3 eggs

2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese

3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the sliced onion and saute for eight to 10 minutes, stirring periodically, until onions are browned and caramelized.  You can hasten the caramelizing by adding 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar to the onions just as they become translucent.

Meanwhile, combine rice, Parmesan cheese and eggs in a medium bowl.  Press the mixture into bottom of a 10-inch removable-bottom pan.  Distribute onion over crust and top with smoked Gouda and pecans.  Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes, until pecans are toasted.

Makes six servings.

Taken from Mid-South Farmer