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Pecan Pie a Holiday Favorite

November 14, 2014

PecanPiePecan pie has been a favorite on Thanksgiving tables for years. Many pecan pie recipes have been handed down from family to family to continue the taste tradition even as others end and new traditions begin.

Karo brand syrup is synonymous with classic pecan pie and it’s one tradition that is hard to beat. However, as adaptations happen so did our pecan pie in the family. There are variations of chocolate pecan pie and those that claim using a pound of pecans which is a wonderful way to use pecans if you have the trees! If you’re like most people and have to buy pecans economizing on the purchase while maximizing the taste is a wise option!

One traditional southern recipe contains bourbon, something probably unwise to serve at a family gathering. For a tasty treat try another flavoring.

This honey walnut pecan pie combines tastes with less refined sugar. Begin by slightly beating three eggs then adding a teaspoon vanilla, ¾ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup honey, ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter and a cup chopped pecans. Mix together gently and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Cool thoroughly and serve topped with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream on the side. The honey and maple syrup combine for a different taste. If pecans are low use ¾ cup and ¼ cup chopped black walnuts which add a different flavor. Black walnuts are thought by some to be “oily” tasting; with others saying it’s an acquired taste. Whatever the case may be this is a pie fit for a holiday table!

As we gather around our tables this year let’s remember and say a prayer for those men and women in the military around the world as well as the firefighters, police and paramedics who may get called out of their dinner to help someone else. This is the true meaning of Thanksgiving – being thankful for what we have.

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