Georgia may be the Peach State, but now that we are heading into the fall, it is time to start thinking about another great Georgia product: the mighty pecan! This king of Southern nuts is good for salads, Turtles, and of course the grand daddy of pecan treats: pecan pie! In celebration of the coming pecan season, we’re dishing up some of our favorite pecan recipes. Eat up!

Southern Pecan Pie

Here it is — the main event! We’re starting off with pecan pie because, well, why not? Everyone’s grandma in the South has a family recipe for pecan pie, but for those who want to make it quick and easy, here’s a delicious recipe that everyone will love.

Ingredients:

Frozen pie crust (unless you are a real go-getter who wants a homemade one)
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups pecan halves

Combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, salt, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix well. Fold in the eggs until blended, then stir in the pecan halves. Pour the mixture into your pie shell. Make a foil ring to cover the edge of the crust to prevent it from over-browning and pop it in the oven for 55-65 minutes until the filling is set. Let it cool and get yourself a slice with a heaping dollop of whipped cream on top. Then dig in!

Candied Pecans

These sweet treats will be a favorite at any party or just a yummy snack on the go.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups pecan halves
½ tablespoon butter
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Begin by toasting the pecans on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 250°. While those are toasting, combine the butter, sugar, water, salt, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium high heat. Stir while cooking until the sugar is completely dissolved, then let it simmer for a few minutes until it is a smooth syrup. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, then the toasted pecans. Make sure the pecans are completely coated. Next, spread them onto a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Pecan Brittle

Finally, we get to pecan brittle, the chewiest of pecan treats!

Ingredients:

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup white sugar
>¼ cup water
½ cup light corn syrup
⅜ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoon softened butter
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda

heat. Whisk until the mixture boils and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in toasted pecans and cook for 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and baking soda, then pour the mixture into a large rimmed sheet pan into a 12×14 inch rectangle. Once it has cooled, break the brittle into pieces and munch away!

Try one of these delicious pecan recipes and join the Georgia tradition!

 

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